The National Rural and Remote Health Infrastructure Program (NRRHIP) aims to improve access to health services by providing funding to rural and remote communities where the lack of infrastructure is a barrier to the establishment of new, or the enhancement of existing, health services.
The objectives of the National Rural and Remote Health Infrastructure Program are to:
- support local rural and remote communities to develop flexible, long-term solutions for the provision of health services to meet the needs of the community;
- assist the establishment and/or refurbishment of primary health care and medical facilities in rural and remote communities;
- retain community access to rural private hospital services;
- support allied health professionals to establish, continue and/or enhance the delivery of privately insurable health services to rural and remote communities; and
- make it easier for rural and remote communities to recruit and retain the services of general practitioners (GPs) and allied health professionals.
People in living in rural and remote communities will benefit from an innovative NRRHIP program that is boosting health and medical services across the nation.
$8.5 million has been allocated for 42 NRRHIP projects to make it easier for those living in rural and remote areas to see a doctor or allied health professional closer to home, the Minister for Health and Ageing Nicola Roxon said.
“A wide range of projects in this round have been funded to improve access to services,” Ms Roxon said.
“They 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.
“The Government has already delivered 100 projects which are completed and operational. This funding is yet another example of the importance that the Gillard Government places on the health and well-being of all Australians no matter where they live, closing the divide between rural and metropolitan health services.
“For example, in Braidwood NSW – a small town an hours drive from Canberra – we are providing almost $250,000 for the purchase of equipment towards establishing a dental practice in a township which did not have one before.
“These are just two of the NRRHIP projects we’re funding to ensure timely access to health services across Australia when and where people need them.
The first four rounds of NRRHIP funded175 projects, with a total value of $35 million.
A full list of both the NRRHIP funding recipients is detailed below:
|LOCATION||ORGANISATION||PROJECT SUMMARY||FUNDING $|
|Corowa NSW||Amaranth Foundation||Purchase a motor vehicle and equipment to provide outreach psychosocial and psychological support services in South Central NSW.||
|Berridale NSW||Berridale Surgery||Replace old equipment to enable access to students and a wider range of services not currently available. IT upgrade will provide best practice chronic disease prevention and management services.||
|Braidwood NSW||Bradley Horwood Pty Ltd||Establish the only dental practice in the township of Braidwood with the purchase of dental equipment essential for diagnosis, treatment and management of dental disease||
|Brewarrina NSW||Brewarrina Shire Council||Refurbish the medical centre to create additional space for the GP Practioner, visiting medical staff and create greater opportunity to deliver significant medical student education and GP registrar education.||
|Inverell NSW||Bulgarr Ngaru Medical Aboriginal Corporation||Purchase equipment to fit-out the new premises to met best practice industry and accreditation standards and to enhanced primary health care services.||
|Dunedoo NSW||Dubbo Plains Division of General Practice||Purchase equipment to ensure a high standard of care in general practice which will ensure that infection guidelines, OH&S guidelines and preventive health measures are all met, with a view to becoming a training practice.||
|Orange East NSW||Jayemtay Pty Ltd||Increase the size of the practice for additional staff, purchase two motor vehicles, equipment, resources and improve amenities to house the additional equipment providing therapy services at six rural locations.||
|Condobolin NSW||Lachlan Shire Council||Construct a new medical centre facility adjacent to the old premises to meet the growing demands of the community.||
|Tuncurry NSW||Laden Family Trust (Tuncurry Medical Centre)||Modify, furnish and equip an existing room in the medical centre for students to consult patients.||
|Cowra NSW||Ricanza Pty Ltd||Extend an existing GP surgery which will provide additional consulting and training facilities for the medical and community health needs of Cowra and surrounding areas.||
|Lord Howe Island||Sports Spinal & Rehab Solutions||Purchase portable physiotherapy equipment to be based at Lord Howe Island for use by medical practioners, allied health personnel and students.||
|Lismore NSW||St Vincent’s Private Hospital||Purchase equipment to develop a Urological Centre of Excellence at the hospital to service the Lismore region.||
|South West Rocks NSW||Trial Bay Family Practice||Build extension, fit-out and purchase essential equipment for the practice||
|Jabiru / Kakadu NT||Blue Sun Dental Pty Ltd||Purchase and modify and fully equip a caravan to carry out mobile dental services in Jabiru and the wider Kakadu region.||
|Atherton QLD||Atherton Clinic||Refurbish existing premises to provide 3 new consultation rooms and comprehensive training resources with a central meeting/seminar room with videoconferencing and other educational facilities.||
|Charters Towers QLD||Bodyfix Physiotherapy & Massage||Purchase equipment including medical/ physiotherapy equipment/resources, and computer software to improve the running of the practice and enhance the existing facilities.||
|Blackwater QLD||CQ Physio Group||Upgrade of physiotherapy equipment in the multi disciplinary allied health clinic which will service the Blackwater and Central Highland communities.||
|Gladstone QLD||Mater Misericordiae Hospital Gladstone||Purchase an ultrasound and colposcope to expand the obstetric service at the hospital.||
|Roma QLD||Matthew Edwards Podiatry Pty Ltd||Purchase air-conditioning for the main premises which accommodates podiatry, chiropractic, Bowen therapy and visiting therapists. Also, purchase IT, medical/podiatry equipment and a motor vehicle to undertake outreach services.||
|Normanton QLD||North and West Queensland Primary Health Care||Increase office space, consulting rooms and outdoor meeting spaces to support the new health professionals and to unify existing health services to create an inclusive culturally safe health experience for the community.||
|Port Pirie SA||Clive Munzberg Physiotherapy and Sports Clinic||Build additional capacity by increasing the size of the practice and upgrading equipment to maintain and expand physiotherapy services to Port Pirie and Mid North regions of South Australia.||
|Streaky Bay SA||District Council of Streaky Bay||Modify the building that currently houses the private medical practice, visiting specialists and community health services to enable improved and increased health services for the Streaky Bay Community.||
|Hamley Bridge SA||Performance Podiatry||Purchase podiatry equipment to extend the existing outreach services to Hamley Bridge.||
|Thevenard SA||West Coast Speech Pathology||Purchase IT, office equipment and speech pathology resources to establish services on the Western Eyre Peninsula.||
|Sheffield TAS||Kentish Council||Stage two of a four stage project renovating and refurbishing two existing buildings into a Multipurpose Health Precinct in Sheffield.||
|Longford TAS||Longford Medical Service Trust||Add two consulting rooms for registrars and medical students for their length of stay at the practice.||
|Euroa VIC||Goulburn Valley Division of General Practice Ltd||Expand teaching facilities to include additional rooms for medical students and registrars and enlarge treatment areas to improve health services to the rural community of Euroa.||
|Castlemaine VIC||Lyttleton Street Medical Clinic||Add two consulting rooms, one teaching room and car parking. Purchase computer equipment and hardware.||
|Leongatha VIC||McCartin Street Optometrists||Provide two additional consulting suites, a mini laboratory, a disabled access bathroom and refurbished hand sanitising/kitchen area, as well as purchase a retinal camera and a tomography machine to expand services in South Gippsland.||
|Woodend VIC||Rhonda Hill Speech Pathologist||Purchase assessment and therapy resources and upgrade IT equipment to increase speech pathology service provision within the Macedon Ranges.||
|Camperdown VIC||Robinson Street Medical Centre||Provide student / group teaching and meeting rooms, plus reconfigure other areas of the practice and fit-out those rooms.||
|Echuca VIC||Ruth Louise Glanville||Purchase equipment and resources to establish a private practice specialising in speech pathology within the Echuca, Moama and Rochester region.||
|Terang VIC||Terang Medical Clinic||Equip a room for a registrar to see patients, extend the current staff room so that the registrar can have meetings with supervisor and provide better access to disable toilets.||
|Morwell VIC||The Healthcare Centre (Morwell)||Fit-out two student rooms to be constructed at the relocated centre and equip a training room with multimedia equipment, enhancing student doctor’s consultation and learning experience.||
|Corryong VIC||Towong Shire Council||Replace the current ultrasound unit situated at the Corryong Medical Clinic.||
|Edenhope VIC||West Wimmera Shire Council (Edenhope)||Construct a medical clinic on the premises of Edenhope and District Memorial Hospital.||
|Yarrawonga VIC||Yarrawonga Medical Clinic||Purchase ophthalmology equipment for doctors and visiting ophthalmologists and also for registrars and medical students to use as a learning tool.||
|Narrogin WA||Earl St Physiotherapy & Podiatry||Purchase essential podiatry and physiotherapy equipment and a patient information system to maintain and increase services at the practice as well as conduct outreach work.||
|Warburton Community WA||Ngaanyatjarra Health Service||Provide residential accommodation for visiting medical and allied health practioners and registrars, medical students and nurses.||
|Newdegate WA||Shire of Lake Grace||Fit-out the medical centre currently being constructed by the Shire with medical equipment and furniture improving access to primary medical services for residents.||
|Three Springs WA||Shire of Three Springs||Equip the dental practice the Shire is constructing.||
|Geraldton WA||St John of God Hospital Geraldton||Purchase and replace orthopedic specialist equipment to enhance the long term viability of the hospital.||