Applications open to establish a priority primary care centre at the Royal Children’s Hospital

A GP checking a patient's badly sprained ankle.
  1 December 2022  NWMPHN   

Update 15 December 2022, 10am: Updated answers to frequently asked questions (.pdf) are now available.

North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network (NWMPHN) invites expressions of interest (EOIs) from eligible primary care providers to establish a priority primary care centre (PPCC) co-located with the Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne in Parkville. 

The PPCC will  operate 7 days a week.

Applications close at 5pm (AEDT) Friday, 16 December 2022.

About the Royal Children’s Hospital PPCC

This clinic will be co-located on the hospital campus in Parkville and will provide care to patients who would otherwise be treated by the emergency department (ED). It will:

  • be a GP-led service supported by nursing and administration staff
  • provide care to paediatric patients
  • provide a viable alternative for people with conditions that require urgent attention but not an emergency response
  • operate as a direct diversion model and see patients triaged by the hospital’s ED as suitable for care in the PPCC.

As a paediatric co-located PPCC, this clinic will have specific requirements that are different to the other PPCCs in our region. Please refer to the EOI documentation below for more information.

Funding model

An initial establishment grant of up to $150,000 will be available to PPCC service providers. Additionally, a monthly operating grant of approximately $180,000 is available, in line with the PPCC service model. This cannot be used to support existing services or operating hours.

EOI documentation and process

For more information and to apply, interested providers should download this document:

Applications close at 5pm (AEDT) Friday, 16 December 2022.

About PPCCs

These clinics are funded by the Victorian Government and commissioned by primary health networks (PHNs) to reduce demand on hospital emergency departments and increase access to care for primary care presentations.

They provide GP-led care for urgent but non-life-threatening conditions such as mild infections, fractures and burns. They also offer pathology and imaging services. Care is provided 7 days a week, up to 16 hours a day, and is available at no cost to the patient with or without a Medicare card.

Visit our website for more information.

Information session

NWMPHN hosted an information session for general practices on Wednesday, 7 December 2022. A recording of this session is now available.

It was an opportunity to learn more about site requirements and the commissioning and contracting process. It also built understanding of our probity obligations and described the steps to follow the closure of the EOI period.


Answers to frequently asked questions (.pdf) received so far are also available. These FAQs were updated at 12:30pm on Wednesday, 14 December 2022.

Contact for questions

NWMPHN will accept questions in writing to

Responses to questions may be shared with all interested applicants on our website.