Rural and remote practices benefit from funding grants

GENERAL practices have secured a large slice of the $8.5 million allocated by the Federal Government to boost rural and remote medical services.

The funding was spread between 42 projects, including more than 17 general practices, and is aimed at making it easier for people living in remote areas to see a doctor.

“[Projects] include the refurbishment of medical centres to provide extra space for doctors and other medical staff, the purchase of new equipment and the replacement of old, and the upgrading of training facilities to enhance student doctors’ consultation and learning experience,” Health Minister Nicola Roxon said.

RDAA CEO Jenny Johnson welcomed the allocations, saying she hoped the payments would aid rural- and remote-based doctors in providing better services to their communities while making their practices more viable and sustainable. 

As part of the funding, the Brewarrina Shire Council (NSW) received