Based on the recommendations of the Strengthening Medicare Taskforce and building on Australia’s Primary Health Care 10 Year Plan 2022-2032, several significant funding initiatives for primary healthcare were announced in the May 2023 Federal budget. These include changes to MBS funding and additional blended funding payments that will come through the MyMedicare program.

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Strengthening Medicare – General practice grants program

The Australian Government is investing $220 million in grants over two years through the Strengthening Medicare – General Practice Grants Program, to help general practices and eligible Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations (ACCHOs) to expand patient access and improve services.

The grants are supporting investments in innovation, training, equipment, and minor capital works in one or more of the three investment streams of: enhancing digital health capability (guidance document); upgrading infection prevention and control arrangements and maintaining or achieving accreditation.

Between April and June 2023 one-off grants of either $25,000, $35,000 or $50,000 were available to each eligible general practice and ACCHO (applications were available through NACCHO based on their practice size and accreditation status: as per the RACGP definition for the purposes of practice accreditation against the Standards for General Practices (5th edition), that operates within the model of general practice, provide services predominantly* of a general practice nature and is capable of meeting all mandatory indicators in the RACGP Standards.

The program will end on 30 June 2024, with evaluations due by 31 July 2024.

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Last Update: May 16th, 2024