The Albanese Government has announced a $100 million investment in health infrastructure for First Nations communities.

The funding will support 33 Indigenous health infrastructure projects, including constructing new clinics, renovating existing ones, and building housing for healthcare workers.

Many of the existing Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHS) have infrastructure that is between 20 and 40 years old, with numerous clinics and buildings in dire need of repair or replacement. 

This investment aims to address these issues, making it easier for First Nations people to access primary healthcare. 

“Roughly half of all First Nations people receive their medical care through an ACCHS, so it is essential that these clinics are fit for purpose,” said Assistant Minister for Indigenous Health, Senator Malarndirri McCarthy. 

“Ensuring health workers have access to accommodation will help Aboriginal Community-Controlled Health Services to hire and keep staff, resulting in greater access to health care services for First Nations people.”

The grant opportunity was co-designed with the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) on behalf of the ACCHS sector. 

A full list of successful projects is accessible here.