Second bite at rural dental incentives

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RHWADentists are welcome to apply for the next funding round of the Dental Relocation and Infrastructure Support Scheme (DRISS), opening on 17 February and closing on 26 March.

DRISS is an Australian Government initiative supporting dentists to take up private practice in regional, rural and remote Australia.

It offers:

  • Relocation grants of between $15,000 and $120,000 scaled depending on the originating location and the location of the new practice
  • Infrastructure grants up to $250,000 to assist with establishing a new practice or to expand an existing one. Infrastructure grant funds can be used for building, refurbishment and equipment costs

Grants are available for dentists moving to locations that are more regional, rural or remote than their current practice to provide general dental services in private practice. To be eligible, dentists must be Australian citizens or permanent residents and registered with the Dental Board of Australia.

DRISS is funded by the Australian Government and administered by Rural Health Workforce Australia, the national peak body for the state and territory Rural Workforce Agencies. The scheme is being supported by a range of stakeholders, including the Australian Dental Association.

DRISS Program Manager, Bruce Weston, said the scheme was a great way of connecting dentists with rural Australia. “Our first funding round in August-October 2013 attracted more than 250 inquiries and resulted in 64 applications,” he said.

A parliamentary report into Australia’s adult dental health services, Bridging the Dental Gap, noted that rural residents face a geographic challenge in accessing appropriate dental care and this increases the likelihood of dental disease.

For further information about DRISS:

Visit www.rhwa.org.au/DRISS

Freecall 1800 475 433

Email DRISS@rhwa.org.au

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