About

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.

Funding Results

$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:

Details for the National Rural and Remote Health Infrastructure Program
LOCATIONORGANISATIONPROJECT SUMMARYFUNDING $
Corowa NSWAmaranth FoundationPurchase a motor vehicle and equipment to provide outreach psychosocial and psychological support services in South Central NSW.
94,590.00
Berridale NSWBerridale SurgeryReplace 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.
32,092.33
Braidwood NSWBradley Horwood Pty LtdEstablish the only dental practice in the township of Braidwood with the purchase of dental equipment essential for diagnosis, treatment and management of dental disease
249,835.00
Brewarrina NSWBrewarrina Shire CouncilRefurbish 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.
394,000.00
Inverell NSWBulgarr Ngaru Medical Aboriginal CorporationPurchase equipment to fit-out the new premises to met best practice industry and accreditation standards and to enhanced primary health care services.
92,928.86
Dunedoo NSWDubbo Plains Division of General PracticePurchase 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.
37,611.25
Orange East NSWJayemtay Pty LtdIncrease 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.
171,605.35
Condobolin NSWLachlan Shire CouncilConstruct a new medical centre facility adjacent to the old premises to meet the growing demands of the community.
500,000.00
Tuncurry NSWLaden Family Trust (Tuncurry Medical Centre)Modify, furnish and equip an existing room in the medical centre for students to consult patients.
46,212.25
Cowra NSWRicanza Pty LtdExtend an existing GP surgery which will provide additional consulting and training facilities for the medical and community health needs of Cowra and surrounding areas.
431,500.00
Lord Howe IslandSports Spinal & Rehab SolutionsPurchase portable physiotherapy equipment to be based at Lord Howe Island for use by medical practioners, allied health personnel and students.
6,360.00
Lismore NSWSt Vincent’s Private HospitalPurchase equipment to develop a Urological Centre of Excellence at the hospital to service the Lismore region.
157,025.00
South West Rocks NSWTrial Bay Family PracticeBuild extension, fit-out and purchase essential equipment for the practice
224,925.00
Jabiru / Kakadu NTBlue Sun Dental Pty LtdPurchase and modify and fully equip a caravan to carry out mobile dental services in Jabiru and the wider Kakadu region.
221,777.88
Atherton QLDAtherton ClinicRefurbish existing premises to provide 3 new consultation rooms and comprehensive training resources with a central meeting/seminar room with videoconferencing and other educational facilities.
72,691.31
Charters Towers QLDBodyfix Physiotherapy & MassagePurchase equipment including medical/ physiotherapy equipment/resources, and computer software to improve the running of the practice and enhance the existing facilities.
32,996.37
Blackwater QLDCQ Physio GroupUpgrade of physiotherapy equipment in the multi disciplinary allied health clinic which will service the Blackwater and Central Highland communities.
78,130.46
Gladstone QLDMater Misericordiae Hospital GladstonePurchase an ultrasound and colposcope to expand the obstetric service at the hospital.
67,862.00
Roma QLDMatthew Edwards Podiatry Pty LtdPurchase 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.
227,982.14
Normanton QLDNorth and West Queensland Primary Health CareIncrease 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.
485,519.00
Port Pirie SAClive Munzberg Physiotherapy and Sports ClinicBuild 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.
110,963.85
Streaky Bay SADistrict Council of Streaky BayModify 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.
501,500.00
Hamley Bridge SAPerformance PodiatryPurchase podiatry equipment to extend the existing outreach services to Hamley Bridge.
13,823.64
Thevenard SAWest Coast Speech PathologyPurchase IT, office equipment and speech pathology resources to establish services on the Western Eyre Peninsula.
13,207.74
Sheffield TASKentish CouncilStage two of a four stage project renovating and refurbishing two existing buildings into a Multipurpose Health Precinct in Sheffield.
491,453.00
Longford TASLongford Medical Service TrustAdd two consulting rooms for registrars and medical students for their length of stay at the practice.
232,408.40
Euroa VICGoulburn Valley Division of General Practice LtdExpand 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.
495,481.00
Castlemaine VICLyttleton Street Medical ClinicAdd two consulting rooms, one teaching room and car parking. Purchase computer equipment and hardware.
391,146.00
Leongatha VICMcCartin Street OptometristsProvide 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.
335,364.00
Woodend VICRhonda Hill Speech PathologistPurchase assessment and therapy resources and upgrade IT equipment to increase speech pathology service provision within the Macedon Ranges.
19,859.02
Camperdown VICRobinson Street Medical CentreProvide student / group teaching and meeting rooms, plus reconfigure other areas of the practice and fit-out those rooms.
409,500.00
Echuca VICRuth Louise GlanvillePurchase equipment and resources to establish a private practice specialising in speech pathology within the Echuca, Moama and Rochester region.
16,399.18
Terang VICTerang Medical ClinicEquip 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.
88,305.77
Morwell VICThe 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.
23,842.00
Corryong VICTowong Shire CouncilReplace the current ultrasound unit situated at the Corryong Medical Clinic.
212,488.00
Edenhope VICWest Wimmera Shire Council (Edenhope)Construct a medical clinic on the premises of Edenhope and District Memorial Hospital.
482,300.00
Yarrawonga VICYarrawonga Medical ClinicPurchase ophthalmology equipment for doctors and visiting ophthalmologists and also for registrars and medical students to use as a learning tool.
8,900.00
Narrogin WAEarl St Physiotherapy & PodiatryPurchase essential podiatry and physiotherapy equipment and a patient information system to maintain and increase services at the practice as well as conduct outreach work.
49,846.14
Warburton Community WANgaanyatjarra Health ServiceProvide residential accommodation for visiting medical and allied health practioners and registrars, medical students and nurses.
500,000.00
Newdegate WAShire of Lake GraceFit-out the medical centre currently being constructed by the Shire with medical equipment and furniture improving access to primary medical services for residents.
65,580.00
Three Springs WAShire of Three SpringsEquip the dental practice the Shire is constructing.
139,714.00
Geraldton WASt John of God Hospital GeraldtonPurchase and replace orthopedic specialist equipment to enhance the long term viability of the hospital.
272,746.63
Total
8,500,472.57