Applications Sought For Projects That Encourage Best Practice in Aged Care
The Australian Government is seeking applications for funding for the third round of the Encouraging Better Practice in Aged Care (EBPAC) initiative as part of its commitment to quality care for older Australians.
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20 August 2011
The Gillard Government is seeking applications for funding for the third round of the Encouraging Better Practice in Aged Care (EBPAC) initiative as part of its commitment to quality care for older Australians.
Minister for Mental Health and Ageing Mark Butler said the EBPAC initiative aims to improve staff skills and supports aged care providers to implement best practice standards based on the latest clinical care evidence.
“The scope of EBPAC has now been expanded to include Government-subsidised community aged care services as well as residential aged care services,” Mr Butler said.
“This round will provide a total of around $6 million over three years which will help improve clinical leadership in both residential and community aged care settings, and translating community aged care evidence into everyday practice.
“Previous rounds of the EBPAC initiative have encouraged best practice in aged care by supporting the implementation of best practice in clinical care areas such as oral health, nutrition, wounds management, palliative care and behaviour management.
“The EBPAC initiative has already allocated almost $13 million, benefitting about 7,000 people in 74 homes with best practice training and support,” he said.
Applications for the third round of the Encouraging Better Practice in Aged Care initiative open on 20 August and close on 30 September 2011. For a copy of the application kit, please see the Department of Health and Ageing website.
An independent evaluation of the first two rounds of the EBPAC program by the Centre for Health Service Development at the University of Wollongong found that the program had improved the skills and knowledge of staff involved, and had led to improvements in the key processes and systems of care.
The evaluation also found that the program had helped to bridge the ‘evidence gap’ by bringing researchers and aged care practitioners together.
A copy of the EBPAC evaluation report can be found at the Department of Health and Ageing website.
For more information, please contact the Minister’s Office on 02 6277 7280
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