Up to $100,000 for GPs to provide after hours services to cover wages as well as other operating expenses.
GP organisations interested in receiving funding to provide after hours services are invited to apply for a grant under the Australian Government’s General Practice After Hours (GPAH) Program.
Up to 60 GP After Hours Program grants of $100,000 (GST exclusive) over a two year period are available. Funding will assist with GP incentive payments, wages for nursing and support staff as well as other operating expenses. All applications will be assessed on a competitive basis.
The GP After Hours Program (GPAH) aims to ensure that as many people as possible have access to quality GP services when they need them. It does this by providing grants to support the viability of existing and new after hours GP services, as well as after hour services wishing to extend their hours of operation into the after hours period. The GPAH Program targets areas of need.
What can grant funding be used for?
GP After Hours Program Grant funding can be used to assist with operational costs and/or the recurrent expenses involved in providing an after hours GP service. This may include but is not limited to GP incentive payments, GP on-call allowances, medical consumables, security costs, locum expenses, or the costs of support staff such as salaries for receptionists/practice managers/practice nurses.
Who can apply?
Applications for GP After Hours Program funding are encouraged from parties interested in providing after hours GP services. These can include GP practices; on-call services; medical deputising services; and other organisations that either currently provide after hours GP services or wish to extend their services into the after hours period.
Am I eligible to apply if my GP organisation is located within the boundaries of the first tranche of Medicare Locals?
No. As part of National Health Reform, the Government has announced a number of measures to improve access to after hours primary care. By July 2011, these measures include the establishment of an after hours GP helpline and the first tranche of Medicare Locals to review and plan after hours primary care in their region and support services to fill urgent gaps in care. The second tranche of Medicare Locals will be operational in January 2012 and the final tranche in July 2012.
As a result, GP organisations located within the boundaries of the first tranche of Medicare Locals announced in June 2011 will not be eligible to apply for funding under this grants round.
Should existing after hours grant recipients apply for funding?
Yes. Existing General Practice After Hours Program Grant recipients whose funding has expired or is due to expire before December 2012 should consider applying in this round if continued Commonwealth support is required. Note however, if successful, GPAH funding will not commence until the existing after hours funding agreement has been satisfactorily concluded.
Are there any expenditure items that are not eligible for grant assistance?
Items that will not be considered for grant funding include payment for professional services (i.e. where a payment is made for a medical services item listed in the Medicare Benefits Schedule. This may also be referred to as GP wages/salaries), infrastructure costs, leasing or purchase of vehicles, depreciation expenses, items of capital equipment valued greater than $5,000, s, conference attendance, Board fees, or costs that do not relate to the provision of the after hours service.
What is the requirement for sustainability of funded after hours services?
GP After Hours Program Applications will need to demonstrate that, with grant funding, the proposed after hours service will be financially sustainable for the duration of the funded period. Proposals will need to demonstrate that the proposed after hours service has access to, or is able to recruit and retain, a sufficient and appropriately qualified workforce, including GPs and other health professionals and support staff as required.
Is there a service delivery model for after hours services that is favoured over others?
Service delivery arrangements should be determined in accordance with local community needs and the availability of an appropriately qualified GP workforce.
It is important to note that proposals that offer care to only a specific group or groups within a community will not be considered. For example, whilst proposals for after hours services from organisations that target Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people or marginalised groups within communities are encouraged, access to the after hours service, once operational, must be open to all Australians. Similarly, proposals where access to the after hours service would be limited to the existing patients of GPs subscribing to, or providing, the after hours service will not be considered. Furthermore, given the Australian Government’s substantial investment in the National Health Call Centre Network, proposals for nurse-based telephone triage services are not eligible for funding.
Do I need to obtain letters of support for my proposal?
Yes, letters of support should be provided with applications to demonstrate community need and/or community support for the after hours service. To be considered suitable, letters of support must be provided on the letterhead of the supporting organisation, be an original signed copy, refer to the after hours service by name, and be dated within the last two months.
Applications for an after hours service co-located with a hospital/hospice MUST include a letter from the hospital/hospice administration indicating that it is aware of, and in support of the proposal.
The closing date for next round of GP After Hours Program Grant applications is TBA.
Round 4 Recipients
The 63 successful GP clinics will receive up to $100,000 each to assist with the costs of providing after-hours care, including incentives for GPs, wages for support staff and other operating costs. This builds on the 300 communities who benefited from a boost to after-hours GP services in 2010-11
- Eastbrook Medical Centre, Bowral, $100,000
- Camden GP After Hours Service, Camden, $100,000
- Eastbrooke Medical Centre Carlton, Carlton, $100,000
- Dapto Medical Centre, Dapto, $100,000
- Albury After Hours Clinic, East Albury, $100,000
- Eastern Suburbs Medical Centre, Edgecliff, $100,000
- Forster Tuncurry Medical Centre, Forster, $100,000
- Alstonville Lismore After Hours Medical Service, Goonellabah, $100,000
- Hazelbrook General Practice, Hazelbrook, $100,000
- Allcare Carnes Hill Medical Centre, Horningsea Park, $100,000
- Ingleburn Medical Centre, Ingleburn, $100,000
- Kiama Medical Practice, Kiama, $100,000
- Mount View Medical Centre, Laurieton, $100,000
- Liverpool GP After Hours Clinic, Liverpool, $100,000
- Mountain Medicine, Mangrove Mountain, $100,000
- Narooma After Hours Service, Narooma, $100,000
- Fairfield After Hours Service, Prairiewood, $100,000
- Shellharbour City General Practice, Shellharbour City Centre, $100,000
- Tahmoor Medical Centre, Tahmoor, $100,000
- Medisense Healthcare, Taree, $100,000
- Tintenbar Medical Centre, Tintenbar, $100,000
- Woy Woy After Hours Medical Service, Woy Woy, $99,980
- Reliance Medical Practice, Wyoming, $100,000
- Elanor Duncan After Hours Clinic, Wyong, $100,000
Palmerston Medical Clinic, Palmerston, $100,000
Coolum Beach 7 Day Doctors, Coolum Beach, $100,000
Goondiwindi Medical Centre, Goondiwindi, $100,000
Omega Health Medical Centre, Manoora, $100,000
Hooper Centre Medical After Hours, Toowoomba, $100,000
Goolwa Medical Centre, Goolwa, $100,000
Keith and District Medical Centre, Keith, $100,000
Martins Road Family Medical Practice, Parafields Gardens, $100,000
Playford GP Super Clinic, Playford South, $100,000
gpConnect Northern Clinic, Salisbury, $100,000
Southcare Medical Services, Sheidow Park, $100,000
Victor Medical Centre After Hours Service, Victor Harbour,$98,860
East Grampians Health Services, Ararat, $100,000
Ballan GP Super Clinics After Hours Service, Ballan, $100,000
Medicaid Family Medical & Accident Centre, Ballarat, $100,000
Monash University Primary Care Clinic, Bendig