Health boost in bush: grants available

Rural and remote health professionals, clinics and rural private hospitals have been invited by the Australian Government to apply for grants of up to $500,000 to improve their local health equipment or build new facilities.

Minister for Health and Ageing Nicola Roxon this week invited applications for grants under the Government's 6th round of its National Rural and Remote Health Infrastructure Program(NRRHIP), which will remain open for almost 10 weeks. Over the past 3 years NRRHIP has funded 217 local projects valued at more than $43 million. The funding is available in three streams : for capital works or refurbishments worth up to $500,000; for equipment worth up to $250,000; and for strategic service planning for small rural private hospitals, worth up to $50,000.

Information about eligibility requirements and application material can be found at

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