Applications open to establish priority primary care centre in Sunbury

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  29 March 2023  NWMPHN   

Please note: this EOI has closed. The below information is retained for transparency only.

North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network (NWMPHN) invites expressions of interest from eligible primary care providers to establish a priority primary care centre (PPCC) in Sunbury.

Applications are open until 3pm (AEST) on Thursday, 20 April 2023.

About the Sunbury PPCC

A PPCC will be established in Sunbury as a satellite site supporting the Royal Melbourne Hospital.

The PPCC will:

  • be a GP-led service supported by nursing and administration staff
  • provide care for people of all ages
  • provide a viable alternative for people with conditions that require urgent attention but not an emergency response
  • see patients referred, or self-referred, or who present as a ‘walk in’. Patients may be referred to a PPCC from many sources, with pathways and protocols to be established with other local hospitals and services including Western Health, Ambulance Victoria and the Victorian Virtual Emergency Department.

An initial approach to market in late 2022 did not identify a preferred provider for the Sunbury PPCC. This call for expressions of interest is a second approach to market, to ensure the community in Sunbury and surrounding areas have equitable access to PPCC services.

The Victorian Department of Health specifies that this must be a clinic currently operating from Sunbury, and that practices operating in a suburb or area outside Sunbury cannot be considered.

Funding model

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

EOI documentation and process

This EOI has closed.

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.

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