April 11, 2022

A project led by Hamilton Medical Group will receive close to $400,000 to create support tools to better assist locals with heart failure.

Federal Member for Wannon, Dan Tehan said the Rural-Heart project was granted funding under a program designed to explore new models of primary care in regional and rural communities.

“The trial will help patients suffering serious heart conditions in the East Grampians, Colac, Warrnambool, Castlemaine and Hamilton communities,” Mr Tehan said.

“The project will develop and co-design heart-failure support tools and pathways to improve the management of heart failure and ensure the right care is given at the right time and place.

“Hamilton Medical Group will work with the local communities and health professionals to develop long term solutions to plug gaps in primary care services for the benefit of people living in our wonderful region.”

MrTehan said Hamilton Medical Group will lead the project in partnership with East Grampians Health Service, Colac Area Health, South West Healthcare, Western PHN, Murray PHN, IQVIA, Western Alliance, Castlemaine Health Service and Deakin University.

Regional Health Minister, Dr David Gillespie said the Morrison Government continues to invest in innovative health care trials to ensure people living in regional, rural, and remote Australia have access to safe, quality, and targeted health care services

“As a doctor who practiced medicine in regional Australia for many years, I know that communities can have diverse health care needs and face different challenges,” Dr Gillespie said.

“Heart failure is a life-threatening disease. In rural areas death from this condition increases by nearly 20 per cent, which is why projects like this that provide innovative care pathways for patients need to receive support.”

Dr Gillespie said the Rural-Heart project is being delivered through the Primary Care Rural Innovative Multidisciplinary Models (PRIMM) grant program.

National Rural Health Commissioner, Adjunct Professor Ruth Stewart said tackling the health inequities faced by people living in rural and remote Australia is about ensuring access to quality healthcare.

“It’s critical that no matter where you live in Australia you have access to safe, quality health care services,” Professor Stewart said.

“With this grant, people living in regional Victoria will benefit from the design of targeted, appropriate health care models that benefit their local communities and lead to better health outcomes.”

PRIMM grants provide funding of up to $400,000 over two years, for six sub-regions across Australia. The PRIMM program is part of the Australian Government’s Health Workforce Program, which aims to deliver improved health workforce outcomes and support rural outreach health service.

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