The Federal Government have allocated $13.1 million funding to streamline and simplify the process for participation in the Rural General Practice Grants (RGPG) Program. This injection of funds has resulted in a two-step application process for the RGPG, which aims to encourage greater rural general practice involvement, increased workforce opportunities and improved patient healthcare outcomes.

The RGPG has a focus to better respond to the needs of rural communities and support the work of rural general practices. Successful applicants will see grants of up to $300,000 in 2017; with those successful required to match the Commonwealth funding contribution.

The RGPG offers a significant opportunity for greater continuous quality improvement, as the program promises teaching, training and retaining for the next generation of health workers in rural, regional and remote Australia. Teaching and training play a significant role in systems, processes and policies to further advance the service provision of health, community and human services for rural and remote Australians.

The benefits of the RGPG are twofold, as the RGPG will provide more opportunities for practitioners to develop experience in training and supervising healthcare workers. Additionally, it will assist with a variety of infrastructure projects, supply and upgraded IT systems, digital and medical equipment. All of these benefits will see rural and remote General Practices better attract health professionals, workers and medical students to experience rural practice by offering higher quality teaching and training opportunities

AGPAL urges all eligible clients to apply. Expressions of Interest close at 2:00pm AEDST on 13 December 2016, to apply visit: http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/H1617G020