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$8 million boost for remote and regional health services

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The Hon Nicola Roxon MP Minister For Health And Ageing

The Hon Simon Crean MP

Minister For Regional Australia And Regional Development

The Hon Warren Snowdon MP Minister For Indigenous Health


22 October 2010

$8 Million Boost For Remote And Regional Health Services

People living in rural and remote communities are already benefiting from an innovative program that is boosting health and medical services in communities across the nation.

Forty-two organisations around Australia are receiving funding of more than $8.3 million for health infrastructure projects under the fourth round of the Government’s National Rural and Remote Health Infrastructure Program (NRRHIP).

Under the program, funding is provided for infrastructure and equipment projects, including building new medical, surgical and training facilities, refurbishing doctors’ rooms, purchasing medical equipment and other essential resources.

Aboriginal health services and small rural private hospitals have also received vital funding for refurbishments, equipment or vehicles for outreach services.

Health Minister Nicola Roxon said the funding was already delivering immediate results at the local level.

“This funding allows small practices and health care providers to purchase much needed equipment and start delivering expanded services very quickly.

“These initiatives form part of the Government’s ongoing commitment to provide more access to health services for people living in rural and remote regions of Australia.”

Regional Australia Minister Simon Crean said the Gillard Government was committed to providing quality health services to all Australians.

“Rural and communities deserve quality health services and we are increasing the resources in this crucial area.

“This program is funding specific projects to assist in delivering better health services and improving the lives of people in rural and remote Australia.

“Improving medical rooms or upgrading services at a small rural hospital can have great benefit for the whole local community.”

Indigenous Health Minister Warren Snowdon said the funding for health infrastructure was important for rural and remote areas.

“This funding is a demonstration of the commitment that Gillard Government has to improving health services across the country.

“Money for the projects has already started flowing.”

In Tasmania, for example, the Riverside Podiatry Clinic, which received a grant of $125,000 has purchased two vehicles, equipment and an IT upgrade, and has already commenced providing outreach services. The first clinic in St Helens was fully booked and received positive feedback from local residents.

The NRRHIP funding grants are part of the $46.5 million over four years committed to the program in the 2008-09 Federal Budget.

NRRHIP benefits the whole community, including doctors and a variety of allied health professionals. NRRHIP is transforming health and medical service delivery in the most practical way, by ensuring health providers are supported, and improving outcomes for patients.

The success and popularity of NRRHIP is demonstrated by the four funding rounds generating more than 900 applications, with 177 projects funded around Australia.

The fifth round of funding under NRRHIP closed on 30 September 2010. More information is available from the Department of Health and Ageing via the web site or by calling 1800 780 939 (free call).

For all media inquiries, please contact

Minister Roxon’s Office on 02 6277 7220 Minister Crean’s Office on 02 6277 7380 Minister Snowdon’s Office on 02 6277 7380

Tally Organisation Location State Project Title Project Summary

Funding Total (GST excl) $


Barwon Division of General Practice Gunnedah NSW

Gunnedah GP Super Clinic Project

Purchase equipment to be specifically utilised for the purpose-built, dedicated education wing of the proposed Gunnedah Rural Health GP Super Clinic.


2 Bilment Pty Limited Batemans Bay NSW

Education Upgrade Project

Purchase equipment to meet the current Royal Australian College of General Practioners guidelines for quality teaching.



Bourke Aboriginal Health Service Bourke NSW

Outback Eye Service Transport Project

Purchase a standard four wheel drive vehicle to improve and increase the efficiently of the visiting outreach eye team to ensure the communities in Western NSW have access to the highest standard of eye care.



Greater Hume Shire Council

Jindera NSW

Jindera Medical Centre Project

Construct a new medical centre for medical and allied health practioners. The current facility, located in Aged Low Care Hostel in Jindera, is too small and inadequate.



Hastings Medical Centre Wauchope NSW

Student Education Project

Construct an education room designed to the specific needs of medical students with individual access to information technology plus an increase in GP and allied health consulting rooms.


6 Hysross Pty Ltd Pambula NSW

Pambula Medical Centre Training Extension Project

Modify consulting space to increase from five rooms to eight fully equipped consulting areas, two of which will be used exclusively by GP registrars and medical students in training.


7 Kylie Gough Macksville NSW

Macksville Refurbishment Project

Refurbish the consultation room, purchase an optical coherence tomography unit, a humphrey visual field analyser, a digital fundus camera, a slit lamp with digital camera and computer system to upgrade optometry services.



Narromine Shire Council Narromine NSW

Multipurpose Family Health Centre Extensions Project

Construct new consulting rooms and surgeries which will enable the existing practices to engage another doctor and another dentist to enable improved provision of medical and dental services to shire residents.



Premier Hearing Trust Coffs Harbour

NSW Portable Audiological Equipment Project

Purchase portable audiological equipment to facilitate service in Bellingen, Urunga, Macksville, Nambucca Heads and Woolgoolga.



Riverina Division of General Practice and Primary Health Broken Hill NSW

Multidisciplinary and Medical Training Project

Build and equip a purpose-built facility for medical training and delivery of GP, specialist and other primary health care related services.



Riverina Division of General Practice and Primary Health

Wagga Wagga

NSW General Practice Clinic Kits Project

Provide general practice clinical kits which contain an appropriate range of basic up-to-date equipment to enhance medical students' diagnostic skills.



Temora Shire Council

Temora NSW

Integrated Medical Centre Project

Construct a modern, purpose designed and functional medical centre to accommodate a wide range of health and allied health professionals providing medical and health service delivery.



Upper Hunter Shire Council Murrurundi NSW

Murrurundi Medical Centre Project

Modify and make additions to convert redundant offices at the Rural Transaction Centre to accommodate a new GP service.


14 Wagga Foot Clinic Various locations NSW

Podiatry Equipment Upgrade Project

To provide well equipped outreach podiatry services to Ariah Park, Barellan, Batlow, Coolamon, Cootamundra, Corryong, Galong, Gundagai, Harden, Holbrook, Junee, Leeton, Lockhart, Narrandera, Temora, The Rock, Tumbarumba, Tumut and Walwa.



Wakool Shire Council

Barham NSW

Barham & District Medical Centre Project

Renovate the medical centre to improve the disabled facilities, make the consulting and procedure rooms bigger to improve their functionality and create a training room.



Weigelli Centre Aboriginal Corporation Woodstock NSW

Residential Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Facility Project

Refurbish and fit-out the existing facility to create two dedicated counselling rooms. 10,452.82


Barcaldine Regional Council Jericho QLD

Jericho Health Clinic Upgrade Project

Replace carport roof (ambulance access), rainwater tank and stand, fitting of cupboards, emergency signage and purchase of medical, IT and videoconferencing equipment to improve access to services.



CHD South West Pty Ltd Mitchell QLD

Mitchell Dental Care Project

Refurbish existing premises to make it suitable for the running of a dental practice with a minimum of three operational chairs, plus associated equipment.



Fraser Coast Regional Council Tiaro QLD

Tiaro and District Medical Centre

Convert the former Tiaro Shire Council administration centre complex to a dedicated medical centre for a variety of associated medical services.



Friendly Society Private Hospital Bundaberg QLD

Day Oncology Service Project

Purchase equipment and furniture to establish the new day oncology service to the Bundaberg area. 167,051.99


Goondiwindi Physiotherapy Centre

Goondiwin di QLD Physiotherapy Centre

Redevelopment Project

Enhance centre’s equipment, facilities and level of professional service, providing the people of Goondiwindi and the surrounding rural area with accessible and proficient physiotherapy treatment.



Miles Medical Centre

Miles QLD

Training & Medical Facilities Project

Renovate the surgery to improve services and renovate the flat at the rear of the premises for use by visiting locums, students, trainees and visiting allied health professionals. Equipment will also be purchased.



Tamborine Mountain Medical Practice

North Tamborine QLD Registrar Training and

Retention Project

Equip a new facility that will improve the opportunities available for medical students and improve services to patients.



Carolyn Cole & Associates Speech Pathology Angaston SA

Equipment Upgrade Project

Install a split system air-conditioner and the purchase of assessment, IT and office equipment to enhance speech pathology services.



Southern Fleurieu Family Practice Yankalilla SA

Training Facility Upgrade for Registrars and Medical Students Project

Refurbish and fit-out the existing facility to be able to offer a quality learning experience in rural general practice to medical students and registrars.


26 Tamra Enbom Whyalla SA

Mobile Orthotic Health Service Project

Purchase, fit-out and equip a van to provide a mobile orthotic health service to the Upper and Lower Eyre Peninsular of South Australia.



Nganampa Health Council Inc

Anangu Pitjantjatjar a

Yankunytjat jara Lands


Medical Equipment Modernisation Project

Purchase new medical equipment in nine remote clinics funding six defibrillators, nine vaccine fridges and five infant warmers.



Riverside Podiatry Clinic Riverside TAS

Northern Tasmania Podiatry Outreach Project

Purchase equipment to assist with podiatry outreach services in Northern Tasmania. 124,967.22


Scottsdale Doctors Surgery Scottsdale TAS

Fit-out of Training Consulting Rooms Project

Fit-out and equip two dedicated consulting/training rooms to provide much needed space for training purposes.



Bairnsdale Medical Group Bairnsdale VIC

Building Expansion Project

Extend and refurbish current premises to create additional treatment rooms used for training and observation of medical students and registrar, nursing staff and allied health workers.



Bass Coast Community Health Service San Remo VIC

San Remo Site Expansion Project

Construct a further six consulting rooms, an additional meeting/group room and increased and improved work stations to accommodate growth in staff/services for allied health.



East Gippsland Division of General Practice (Gippsland Lakes Community Health)

Metung VIC

Metung Community Health Project

Provide a full time multidisciplinary health service to the people of Metung, Nungurner, Swan Reach and surrounds in a purpose-built facility consisting of two consulting rooms, a treatment room and a reception/waiting area.



Hindmarsh Shire Council Nhill VIC

Nhill Medical Centre Project

Construct a 'walk-in/walk-out' medical centre in Rainbow providing GP, visiting medical specialists, nurses and allied health services.



Holloway Vision Centre Wangaratta VIC

Eye Detection & Disorder Project

Purchase an oculus pentacam camera with software and installation to assist with eye disease disorder detection.



Neerim District Soldiers Memorial Hospital Inc

Neerim South


Strategic Plan & Theatre Equipment Project

Replace two aging thermal equipment sterilisers and develop a three year strategic plan to ensure that the health service is working collaboratively with all service providers and that all appropriate services are being provided.



Point Lonsdale Medical Group Point Lonsdale


Service Delivery & Training Project

Purchase medical equipment to enhance service delivery and training for medical students and GP registrars.


37 Rebecca Kreuger Swan Hill VIC

Northern Mallee Mobile Speech Pathology Project

Purchase a motor vehicle, equipment and resources to provide a mobile speech pathology service to the Northern Mallee region.



The Contingent Unit Trust Trafalgar VIC

Training of Registrars, Interns and Medical Students Project

Build on and improve existing infrastructure to develop, train and support additional medical students, GP registrars and interns.


39 Wimmera Eye Care Horsham VIC Vision Deterioration Detection Project

Purchase optical and other equipment to enhance optometry services. 116,900.00


Wonthaggi Medical Group Wonthaggi VIC

Training & General Medical Practice Facility Project

Construct a new health facility to provide extensive training facilities and resources for students, interns and registrars.


41 Yea Medical Centre Yea VIC

Training and Development Project

Resource all five consulting and treatment rooms with medical equipment commensurate with industry standards health service delivery that will enhance training and development opportunities.


42 Shire of Goomalling Goomalling WA Mobile Unit

Safeguarding the medical and dental practice by installing a generator in response to an increase in power outages and supply inadequacies, plus upgrading medical and office equipment.


Total 8,350,887.83