Hon Judi Moylan

Pearce rural communities to benefit from changes to Rural Medical Infrastructure Fund

Member for Pearce Hon Judi Moylan MP today announced several improvements to the Government’s Rural Medical Infrastructure Fund (RMIF). To date, the Government has provided Australia’s smaller rural communities with $15 million funding over three years. Ms Moylan says: “The RMIF is designed to recruit and retain general practitioners and improve medical services in rural areas and to help establish ‘walk-in walk-out’ community health and medical facilities.” She is pleased with the following changes to the RMIF – • expansion of the eligibility criteria to allow local Divisions of General Practice to apply for funding, either alone or in partnership with local government bodies; as well as Indigenous Community Councils and other community organisations; • the RMIF funding cap for projects has been increased from $200,000 to $400,000; • medical facilities for allied health professional services will also be eligible for funding under the program. The changes should attract an increase in the number of eligible participants, particularly in remote and Indigenous communities. “The RMIF is just one way the Government is encouraging doctors and allied health professionals to stay in rural communities and offer quality health and medical care to rural and regional communities,” she said. The RMIF commenced on 1 July 2005 and ends on 30 June 2008. The fund is part of the Regional Partnerships program. Further information and an application form can be found at the following website - www.regionalpartnerships.gov.au

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