$1m to support Canberra GPs

Released 21/06/2012

ACT Chief Minister and Minister for Health Katy Gallagher MLA today announced an additional $1,003,387 (incl GST) in funding for 33 new projects to help Canberra doctors boost their services and update skills.

The funding is taken from the latest round of the Health Directorate's GP Development Fund and includes funding to help older Canberrans access GP services, help patients with alcohol and drug issues and tackle chronic diseases, such as diabetes

"This funding improves the quality of GP services available to Canberrans, targets help to vulnerable members of our community and makes our city more attractive to GPs," the Chief Minister said.

"We are putting more nurses, more beds and better facilities into our health system, but I recognise the family doctor is an important part of the mix. GP funding is a Commonwealth matter, but nonetheless the ACT Government has initiatives such as this to support GPs."

Over the first three years of this four year initiative there has been significant investment to local general practices totalling almost $2.94 million (incl GST) and this additional funding will continue to assist the community for years to come.

"Funding of almost $26 000 (incl GST) for two successful projects will enable the Canberra Recovery Service, run by the Salvation Army, to have a general practitioner provide drug and alcohol services one day a week at Fyshwick. Thereby reducing lengthy bus rides for patients who currently receive these services in Queanbeyan," the Chief Minister said.

"Elderly patients living in residential aged care have been assisted by funding of $15,000 (incl GST), for a proposed new general practice at the Kangara Waters Residential Aged Care Facility.

"Patients with mobility issues will be assisted with the provision of a fully accessible toilet and widened entrance at Narrabundah Family Medical Centre, while patient safety and access will also be ensured with an upgrade of the car park at the front of Mawson Medical Centre.

"Funding of just over $29,000 (incl GST) will be provided to the Interchange General Practice to address chronic disease management. This funding will provide a nurses' room to conduct clinics and prepare care plans for patients with chronic diseases such as diabetes, asthma and hypertension."

Education and training funds totalling nearly $27 000 (incl GST) will see general practice staff undertaking a variety of opportunities to develop and refine their skills, such as undertaking certificates in Sexual and Reproductive Health for General Practitioners; and Practice Nurses attending courses in immunisation, ear irrigation and wound management.

Further information about the GP Development Fund can be found at http://www.health.act.gov.au/gpdevelopmentfund or by emailing: GPDevelopmentFund@act.gov.au

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