Latest after hours grant recipients announced

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Patients in Kingston, Cardinia and Frankston will soon have greater access to GP care at night and on weekends and public holidays following the announcement of South Eastern Melbourne PHN’s latest round of after hours grants. 

Seven local clinics were successful, with each committing to extend their opening times by at least 12 hours each week outside business hours with at least 2 hours being on Saturday afternoon or Sunday. 

The total amount awarded was $685,000 and grants were decided through an open tender process that looked at areas of greatest need.

The following practices were successful:

  • Bunyip Medical Clinic
  • Carrum Downs Doctors
  • Edithvale Family Medical Practice
  • Officer Medical Centre
  • Pakenham Family Health
  • Seaford Beach Family Clinic 
  • Total Care Medical Management (Frankston)

To support practices to extend their opening hours, funding was available for marketing and promotion; practice nurse and administration costs; additional GP costs (time limited); and recruitment/retention of registrars and overseas-trained doctors.

This is the third round of South Eastern Melbourne PHN’s after hours grant program, which aims to increase effective, affordable and accessible GP care in the evening and on weekends and public holidays. 

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