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Teaching, training and retaining the next generation of health workers in rural, regional and remote Australia is a priority for the Australian Government.

The Nationals Senator for New South Wales John Williams says the Coalition Government has moved to streamline the former Rural and Regional Teaching Infrastructure Grants programme to better respond to the needs of rural communities and support the work of rural general practices.

He said $13.1 million will be provided as infrastructure grants that can be used for construction, fit-out and renovation of an existing general practice building.

Senator Williams said the funding can also be used for the supply and installation of information and communication technology equipment or medical equipment.

“The Rural General Practice Grants programme is designed to ensure health facilities can provide teaching and training opportunities for a range of health professionals within the practice, and for practitioners to develop experience in training and supervising healthcare workers.

The new streamlined programme will enable more entities to apply.

The maximum grant available is $300,000 and the successful applicants will be announced next year.

Applications are being accepted now at  and close on the 12 December 2016 so I urge general practice to consider applying”, Senator Williams said.

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