THE Northam Family Practice will receive a federal government grant enabling it to expand and improve its facilities.
Pearce MHR Christian Porter said having better facilities at the practice would allow more doctors, nurses and other health workers to get hands-on training.
The grant of more than $110,000 will be provided by the government’s rural general practice grants program.
Mr Porter said the grant would be used to increase the size of the practice by using the storage area of the leased building to include three new consulting rooms, an additional waiting room, multidisciplinary therapy room, kitchen and disabled bathroom.
The grant will also pay for extending the reception area to enclose the existing courtyard and install an internal disable chair lift to connect the building, which is currently on two different levels and build a new disabled ramp.
Each new room will be furnished with table, chairs, computer, printer, phones and internet connections as well as hand basins suitable for medical use.
A basic kitchen and a disabled bathroom to comply with standards including a sink, toilet and shower recess will also be paid for by the grant.
The funding will also allow for the existing roof line on the current reception area to be changed to allow the two areas to be internally accessed and the purchase of video conference equipment and basic medical equipment, requiring electrical, data cabling and plumbing to be connected to all areas of the extension.