Innovation Grants Support Dementia and Aged Care Choices

The Australian Government has released $34 million in funding grants to support innovation in dementia care and other aged care services.

Page last updated: 11 July 2017

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11 July 2017

The Australian Government has released $34 million in funding grants to support innovation in dementia care and other aged care services.

Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt said the grants would help the aged care system to meet the challenges ahead.

“The projects to be funded are cutting-edge and will strengthen the capacity of the aged care sector to respond to consumer-directed care and the challenges of dementia,” Minister Wyatt said.

“We know Australia’s population is ageing, and we know the aged care system must adapt to meet the community’s changing needs.”

42 projects will receive grants, with the focus on six priority areas.

“The Australian Government is committed to supporting the aged care sector as it moves towards consumer-directed care,” Minister Wyatt said.

“Supporting these projects will identify barriers that restrict access and choice and help ensure the special needs of consumers from diverse backgrounds are met.

“Australians deserve an aged care system that is responsive and sustainable and empowers them to receive the services they need. My priority is a flexible system that people understand works for them, not against them.”

“These grants will help ensure our aged care system is able to deliver high- quality and more innovative services, now and into the future.”

The successful projects will receive funding through to 30 June 2019. For grant details see the Department of Health Tenders and Grants webpage.

Media contact: Nick Way, Media Adviser 0419 835 449

Project examples from the six priority areas:

    • Support for existing and emerging challenges in dementia: An online simulated training program for residential aged care providers and a trial of innovative ‘virtual’ support for carers of people with dementia in rural communities.
    • Better support for services targeting people from diverse backgrounds: Web-based tools to help people in rural or remote areas to enhance the care of older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living with dementia; several short films in Hindi, Mandarin and Arabic on the early signs of dementia; development of multilingual (25 languages) community conversations about aged care, for broadcast through community radio.
    • Developments that support innovation in aged care: Research trialling a community based approach to supporting older people with mild to moderate dementia; a national education and awareness-raising program to enhance consumer empowerment and choice regarding care and prescription psychotropics for dementia.
    • Support for activities that focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people: Exploring the use of remote community art centres to link older Aboriginal people to community aged care services; support for Aboriginal community members in Circular Head (Tasmania) to undertake professional ‘within community’ training of caring for people with dementia.
    • Capital support for activities that focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people: A culturally appropriate space to work with Aboriginal clients and their carers; refurbishment of a kitchen for the provision of ‘Meals on Wheels’.
    • Seed funding for adaptive technology projects so consumers can stay in their own home: Trial of virtual reality driving simulator to support older people in testing their driving skills to help inform decisions on relinquishing licences; development of apps and use of assistive technologies to support people with dementia; development of smart home devices and platforms to enable and support people to live safely in their homes for longer; development of a Virtual Seniors Centre to connect isolated seniors.
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