GP After Hours Support Initiative - Applications Closed

The Tasmanian Government’s $3 million GP After Hours Support initiative was launched to help ensure more Tasmanians can access the essential services they need when they need to.

The funds’ purpose was to increase access to after-hours primary and urgent care services for Tasmanians regardless of where they live through different practice settings, including community pharmacies, general practice, and urgent care clinics.

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

Round 1 (applications now closed)

  • Round 1 of the Initiative was open 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).

Applications closed on 10 September 2021.

Round 2 (applications now closed)

Following on from stakeholder consultations on the Urgent Care Centre Feasibility Report, the second round was 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.

Hospital Avoidance Co-Investment Fund (applications now closed)

To support their application, Round 2 applicants were 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.

Applications for Round 2 and the Hospital Avoidance Co-Investment Fund closed on
17 October 2021.

All applicants will be notified of the outcomes of the grants rounds, and it is anticipated that further rounds will be announced in 2022.

More information and queries can be directed to primaryhealth.caregrants@health.tas.gov.au