Millions more to improve rural and remote care

GRANTS of up to $500,000 have been offered to rural and remote GPs, clinics and rural private hospitals looking to improve local health equipment or build new facilities.

Health Minister Nicola Roxon last week invited applications for the grants under the government’s sixth round of the National Rural and Remote Health Infrastructure Program (NRRHIP), with the application window set to remain open until 15 December.

“People in the bush – particularly in areas with a population of under 20,000 – will benefit from better healthcare due to these grants,” Ms Roxon said. 

“Over the past three years NRRHIP has funded 217 local projects valued at more than $43 million,” she said.

The grants are awarded via a competitive application process and are designed to help overcome any barriers preventing the establishment of new health services in rural and remote areas, or where existing health services can