People living in Tuggeranong and Molonglo Valley will soon have more access to GP bulk billing services.
The ACT Government has recently provided the Interchange General Practice, the Isabella Plains Medical Centre and the National Health Co-Op with more than $961,000 in grants, which will enable them to expand services and improve access to more affordable high quality, primary health care on the Southside.
The Interchange General Practice will use a grant of $500,000 to establish a new seven to eight room practice in Tuggeranong with a focus on bulk billed primary health care services for vulnerable people.
The new practice will deliver up to 35,000 consultations per year when fully staffed and will provide medical services for people with drug and alcohol dependency, issues of sexuality and gender diversity, chronic conditions and mental health conditions.
The Isabella Plains Medical Centre will be provided with a grant of $111,000 to upgrade its premises to provide more bulk billed services and to improve access for clients with a disability.
The expansion of the practice will include the refurbishment of two rooms of the practice and the purchase of new equipment for use at outreach clinics and home visits, extending the Centre’s remote care capabilities. It will also include a revamp of their website.
The National Health Co-op will receive a grant of $350,000 which will help with the establishment and fit-out of a new 11-room multidisciplinary clinic in Coombs.
Once completed, the new clinic will have space for up to 10 bulk billing GPs as well as bulk billing psychologists, dietitians, nurses and other allied health care providers.
This new bulk billing clinic in Coombs will have a big impact on the level of local healthcare available for residents in the growing Molonglo Valley.
Canberra has some of the lowest bulk billing rates in the country. The GP Bulk Billing Grants Fund encourages more clinics and more doctors to offer bulk billing.