GP After Hours Support Initiative - Applications Now Open

Applications are now open for the Tasmanian Government’s $3 million GP After Hours Support, which will help ensure more Tasmanians can access the essential services they need, when they need to.

The fund will increase access to after-hours primary and urgent care services for Tasmanians regardless of where they live through different practice settings which include community pharmacies, general practice and urgent care clinics.

To deliver on the Government’s commitment, the GP After Hours Support Initiative will be conducted over two rounds - Round 1, General Practice and Pharmacy and Round 2, Urgent Care Services.

Round 1

  • Round 1 of the Initiative opened to applications from GPs and Pharmacies for funding of:
    1. Grants of up to $75,000 per pharmacy or GP practice for services provided 6 pm through to 11 pm weeknights and 8:00 am-12 noon Saturday for a 12-month period (sociable after-hours period)
    2. Grants of up to $125,000 per pharmacy or GP practice for services provided 11 pm through to 8:00 am weekdays or 12 noon to 6:00 pm Saturday, and all-day Sundays and public holidays for a 12-month period (unsociable after hour periods).

Guidelines have been developed for Round 1 of the grants process. The guidelines seek to provide information to potential applicants on what is defined as after hours, conditions for eligibility, services to be provided and funding availability.

Round 1 applications closed on 10 September 2021.

Round 2 and Hospital Avoidance Co-Investment Fund extended until 17 October 2021

Following on from stakeholder consultations on the Urgent Care Centre Feasibility Report, the second round has been extended to general practices and those primary care services linked to the provision of after-hours urgent primary care to apply for grants of up to $250,000 to establish and operate urgent after-hours care services.

Successful applicants in Round 1 are eligible to apply for further funding in Round 2.

Guidelines have been developed for Round 2 of the grants process. The guidelines seek to provide information to potential applicants on what is defined as after hours, conditions for eligibility, services to be provided and application process. Applicants should submit Business Cases using the template which is also available on request via email on primaryhealth.caregrants@health.tas.gov.au. Business cases should be submitted via email to primaryhealth.caregrants@health.tas.gov.au using the application number.

Applications are open 24 August 2021 and have been extended until 17 October 2021.

To apply, visit GP After Hours Support Initiative - Department of State Growth (smartygrants.com.au)

Hospital Avoidance Co-Investment Fund

To support their application, Round 2 applicants are eligible to apply to the Hospital Avoidance Co-Investment Fund for a grant of up to $200,000 to match private sector investment on a dollar-for-dollar basis to support capital upgrades to improve or expand facilities in order to deliver improved after-hours care.

Guidelines have been developed for the Hospital Avoidance Co-Investment Fund . The guidelines seek to provide information to potential applicants on what is defined as after hours, conditions for eligibility, funding and contribution and the application process.

To apply, visit Hospital Avoidance Co-Investment Fund - Department of State Growth (smartygrants.com.au)