Media release: Applications open for innovative after hours grants program

06 September, 2016

Eastern Melbourne PHN (EMPHN) is offering grants of up to $20,000 to general practices and pharmacies to enhance access to clinical care and medication dispensing in the after-hours period.

These grants are an important part of our strategy to address gaps in after-hours access to primary care services.

The grants program will be implemented to improve patient and community access to timely and appropriate after-hours primary care. The program is designed to support general practice, and pharmacy, to provide effective care services for people in the after-hours. The objectives for the After Hours Grants Program are:

  • Building on existing services and local arrangements for the provision of effective after hours primary health care services during after-hours periods
  • Implementing new initiatives that improve the accessibility of services through the whole after-hours period
  • Improving community awareness of after-hours primary health care services, their location, cost and appropriate use
  • Enhancing after hours services that meet the identified needs of specified groups/program areas including:

General Practice


Ages 0-4

Opioid Replacement Therapy

Culturally and Linguistically Diverse

Culturally and Linguistically Diverse



Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Population

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Population

Youth with Mental Health Conditions

Extension of hours for pharmacies within the local government areas of Yarra Ranges, Whittlesea, Nillumbik, Mitchell and Murrindindi

Practices who are not eligible for the After Hours PIP due to their location in outlying areas of the catchment


For more information, including how to apply, please see the grant guidelines.

To apply, please fill in the application form.

Applications close 26 September, 2016.

For any enquiries, contact the Project Officer via or 8814 2431.