The Federal Government is offering 10-million-dollars in grant funding to enhance First Nations health clinics.

The funding will assist with repairs, maintenance and upgrades to health infrastructure, and boost access to primary health care, particularly in remote and very remote communities.

The government hopes additional improvements to accommodation will also help attract and retain clinical staff in regional communities.

In a statement, Assistant Minister for Indigenous Health Senator Malarndirri McCarthy said the funding is an important step in maintaining First Nations Health Services.

“The existing stock of Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service infrastructure is 20-40 years old and is in significant need of repair, reconstruction or enhancement,” Senator McCarthy said.

“This funding means First Nations communities will have better access to quality healthcare in facilities which are fit for purpose and culturally appropriate.”

The grants are available to eligible Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services and applications close at the end of April.