The Australian Government has given a $34.7m grant to fund 94 full-time equivalent new Indigenous Health Project Officer positions to improve access to the country’s healthcare system.

The grant will be spent over three years to help Indigenous Australians negotiate uncoordinated or fragmented care and receive better healthcare information, the government said.

The initiative is a part of the $1.6bn COAG National Partnership Agreement on Closing the Gap in Indigenous Health Outcomes.

Minister for health and ageing Nicola Roxon said that indigenous Health Project Officers in the Divisions of the General Practice network and the Aboriginal Community Controlled Health sector will work to deliver culturally appropriate primary care services to Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders.

“Funds have also been provided to state and territory-based Aboriginal Community Controlled Health peak bodies to support employment of project officers, recognising the need for close cooperation between mainstream providers and the community-controlled health sector,” Roxon said.

The government authorities are expected to start recruitment in October.