Patients in Sarina will soon feel the benefits of improved facilities at the AWAL Medical Centre after they were selected for a Federal Government grant.
Member for Capricornia, Ms Michelle Landry today welcomed the announcement that the practice would receive $300,000 in grant funding to expand medical services and training.
The practice is amongst 67 that were offered grants across the nation, with a total of $13.1 million under the Government’s Rural General Practice Grants program.
“This grant will enable AWAL Medical Centre to expand and improve their facilities,” Ms Landry said.
“Better facilities will allow more doctors, nurses and other health workers to get hands-on training in general practices in regional areas like Sarina.
“They will be able to attend to patients and also, when they are fully qualified, are more likely to decide to stay in the region or another rural community.”
Assistant Minister for Health, David Gillespie, said practices would match the amount of their grants to undertake their projects.
Dr Gillespie said the projects could range from building new rooms to renovating existing rooms and buying computing technology or medical equipment.
“As well as medical graduates, they may be used for training overseas trained doctors, nurses, Aboriginal health workers or other health professionals employed in the practice,” Dr Gillespie said.
“Other grants will be used to create meeting rooms where patients can receive education about health conditions, such as diabetes, so they can take a more active role in managing their own health.
“The Government supports a strong primary care workforce that can meet Australia’s future healthcare needs.
“Improving access to doctors and other health professionals in rural and regional Australia is a priority for our long term national health plan.”