The Department of Health and Ageing is calling for applications for funding under the National Rural and Remote Health Infrastructure Program (NRRHIP).
The Australian Government has allocated $46 million over four years (2008-09 to 2011-12) to improve opportunities for partnerships and multidisciplinary approaches to the delivery of health services in rural and remote communities through better access to funding for infrastructure and medical equipment.
The National Rural and Remote Health Infrastructure Program (NRRHIP) aims to:
- improve access to health services by providing funding to rural and remote communities to establish new¸ or enhance existing¸ walk-in/walk-out primary health care and medical facilities where the lack of infrastructure (capital works and/or medical equipment) is a barrier to the delivery of essential health services¸
- increase the range of¸ or enhance existing privately insurable health services available to rural and remote Australia¸
- improve the resources and facilities available to private general practitioners to assist with the training of registrars and medical students¸ and
- improve the viability of small rural private hospitals.
Government grants of up to $500¸000 (GST exclusive) is available to eligible applicants seeking to provide services in rural and remote communities with populations of up to 20¸000 people.
All applicants must have an Australian Business Number (ABN) or an Australian Company Number (ACN) to apply for funding under the National Rural and Remote Health Infrastructure Program (NRRHIP).
Applications must be lodged by 2pm 30 September 2010.