Projects to Better Connect Health and Aged Care
Applications have been opened by Minister for Mental Health and Ageing Mark Butler, for more than $17 million in projects to better connect Australia’s aged care system with the health and hospitals systems.
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16 November 2012
Applications were opened today by Minister for Mental Health and Ageing Mark Butler, for more than $17 million in projects to better connect Australia’s aged care system with the health and hospitals systems.
“Successful applicants will carry out innovative projects that will see aged care providers work intensively with healthcare providers and medical insurers,” Mr Butler said.
“This will help give older people better access to complex health care, including palliative and psycho-geriatric care.”
In addition, there will be projects in which aged care organisations will work alongside multidisciplinary teams that may include GPs, nurses, primary healthcare providers or specialists.
Importantly, some projects will test whether video consultations are effective in improving access to GPs for residents of aged care homes.
“New healthcare opportunities in the sector will be opened, breaking down the significant barriers to getting frontline health care often faced by older people, particularly those in residential care,”
The projects will be available to providers throughout the nation – in metropolitan, rural and remote areas, and may include trials to remove barriers to primary health services faced by older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
The innovative and multidisciplinary care projects announced today by Mr Butler will be funded by the Government’s $3.7 billion Living Longer Living Better aged care reform package.
Information and invitation-to-apply documents for the innovation and multidisciplinary care projects are now available on the Tenders and Grants web page on the Department of Health and Ageing’s website
Applications for both programs close at 5 pm Australian Eastern Daylight Time on Friday 21 December 2012.
Innovation project inquiries should go to the ACI email Inbox and multidisciplinary care project inquiries to the multi disciplinary primary care email Inbox
For more information, contact the minister’s office on 02 6277 7280
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