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STRENGTHENING MEDICAREGP GRANTS PROGRAM

Background

The Australian Government is investing $220 million in grants, over two years from 2022-23 to 2023-24, through the Strengthening Medicare – GP Grants Program (the Program), to support general practices and eligible Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations (ACCHOs).

What is the purpose of the Program?

To provide funding to general practices and eligible ACCHOs to make improvements to their practices to expand patient access and support safe, and accessible, quality primary care.

The Program was announced by the Minister for Health and Aged Care on 20 April 2023 and opened from 21 April 2023.

As part of the 2022-23 October Budget, the Australian Government announced the Strengthening Medicare – GP Grants Program. The program will support general practices to make improvements to their practices, to expand patient access and provide better, safe, accessible quality care.The grants can be used to:

  1. Enhance digital health capability, such as IT hardware and software upgrades, to fast-track the benefits of a more connected health care system to meet future standards through digital health solutions.
  2. Upgrade infection prevention and control arrangements to ensure patients are safe from infectious respiratory diseases, such as COVID-19 and influenza, and can be seen face-to-face.
  3. Maintain and/or achieve accreditation against the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners Standards for General Practice to promote quality and safety in general practice.

 

Application:

Applications for the Strengthening Medicare – General Practice Grants Program are closed.

Key dates:

The following are important dates for the grants program:

  • Sunday, 30 June 2024: Deadline for practices to spend their grant funds.
  • 31 July 2024: General Practices are to complete this online Financial Acquittal Report

If you have any questions or require further information on improvement activities supported through this grant, please direct your enquiries to gpgrants@cesphn.com.au or speak to your Practice support liaison officer. Further information about the GP Grants Program can be found here