$16 million in funding to support rural, remote healthcare delivery

Wednesday, 26 June, 2024

$16 million in funding to support rural, remote healthcare delivery

The federal government has announced $16 million to support 11 innovative healthcare projects in rural and remote Australia with an aim to provide a range of innovative models of care.

The funding will support a range of initiatives across every Australian state and the Northern Territory, including specialist geriatric services for older Australians; culturally safe maternity care for First Nations families; outreach to reduce liver disease among First Nations communities; child health outreach to small rural communities; better care for chronic disease; mobile primary care clinics; better collaboration between general practice and pharmacy; and better training and support for doctors, nurses and allied health professionals.

Health Minister Mark Butler said, “Trialling new and innovative ways of providing health services is essential, so that we can find new ways to bridge the service gap and ensure people in rural and remote areas get the care they need.

“These trials will lead to better health care and better health outcomes, while also providing important data on the most effective ways to provide health care to rural and remote communities.”

The investment will enable healthcare professionals to work together across disciplines in new ways to meet the needs of people in rural and remote communities.

Trials will be undertaken by:

  • Darling Downs and West Moreton Primary Health Network in rural Queensland (Qld) and New South Wales (NSW)
  • Geriatric Care Australia in rural NSW, Qld and Victoria
  • Menzies School of Research in the Northern Territory (NT)
  • Miwatj Health Aboriginal Corporation in the NT
  • YArnhem Model in the NT
  • The North Coast Aboriginal Corporation for Community Health in rural Qld
  • Mareeba and Communities Family Healthcare in Far North Qld
  • Northern Eyre Peninsula Health Alliance in rural South Australia
  • Primary Health Tasmania in central and southern Tasmania
  • Dame Pattie Menzies Centre in rural Victoria
  • Amity Health Connected Communities Project in rural Western Australia.

Assistant Minister Emma McBride said, “These trials will help build a stronger rural healthcare system and provide better care, closer to home, for people living in the bush.”

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