Initiatives and programs

We're working on a range of policy initiatives, programs and campaigns to help improve your health and the health of all Australians.

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  • This ACAR closed for applications in August 2018. Find out how many applications we received and who was successful in receiving residential aged care places, short-term restorative care (STRC) places and capital grants. You can view the results by state and territory, region and SA3.

  • The 2020 ACAR results have been announced. Find out who was successful in receiving new places and capital grant funding.

  • Advance Care Planning Australia is a national program that promotes advance care planning, including resources and national curriculum and learning.

  • The Australian Government funds Regional Assessment Services (RAS) and Aged Care Assessment Teams (ACAT) to provide aged care assessment services. As an assessor, view our guides and resources to help you conduct and manage assessments in My Aged Care.

  • This framework sets out how our aged care system can meet the diverse needs of all older Australians. It includes action plans for government, aged care providers and consumers. It also provides resources to help providers meet the goals of the framework.

  • This grant provided funding for aged care service providers in regional, rural and remote areas to help improve infrastructure. Grants of up to $500,000 per aged care service were available. This grant is now closed for applications. Find out the common reasons why applications were not successful.

  • The Aged Care Transition to Practice (ACTTP) program provides new aged care nurses with mentoring, training, and support.

  • The Approved Medical Deputising Services (AMDS) program enables non-vocationally recognised doctors to access Medicare benefits for providing after-hours services on behalf of other doctors. This helps them get general practice experience, while ensuring people can access health care after hours.

  • Through the APED Program, advanced specialist trainees doing their emergency medicine training can work under supervision in a private hospital for 12 months and access relevant Medicare items. This helps increase the number of emergency medicine specialists in Australia.

  • The Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) Program trains medical registrars in general practice. Registrars who achieve their fellowship under the program can work as GPs anywhere in Australia. Find out about the program, who is eligible and how to apply.

  • An evaluation of the Better Access initiative is taking place. The evaluation will consider if Better Access improves patient outcomes and increases access to mental health care. It will also consider how we can improve Better Access.

  • The Bonded Medical Program helps address the shortage of medical professionals in regional, rural and remote areas of Australia. It provides a Commonwealth Supported Place in a medical course in exchange for participants working in those areas after they graduate.

  • CareSearch provides nationally available websites to connect health professionals and the general public with trustworthy, evidence-based information and resources in palliative care.

  • Caring@Home provides resources that will support people to be cared for, and to die, at home if that is their choice. Resources are available for community service providers, health care professionals and carers.

  • The CHSP provides entry-level support for older people who need some help to stay at home. Service providers work with them to maintain their independence and keep them as well as possible. Find out what service providers need to know about this program.

  • The DACS Fund helps the aged care sector to support senior Australians who are sick or living with medical conditions. Read about why the DACS Fund is important and what is funded under DACS.

  • Our digital transformation agenda is working to create a better-connected aged care IT network that is consolidated, sustainable, automated and modern.

  • This project focuses on education workshops to train and upskill clinicians about how to explore and discuss psycho-existential symptoms, and to treat or refer appropriately.

  • ELDAC provides information, guidance, and resources to health professionals and aged care workers on palliative care and advance care planning to improve the care of older Australians.

  • The Five Year Overseas Trained Doctors Scheme improves access to doctors in rural and remote areas. It increases the supply of doctors to work in these areas where their services are needed the most.

  • The General Practitioner Procedural Training Support Program (GPPTSP) aims to improve maternity services for women living in rural and remote areas. It supports general practitioners (GPs) in those areas to gain procedural skills in anaesthetics and obstetrics.

  • The Australian Government subsidises organisations to provide home care services to eligible older people. As an approved provider of Home Care Packages, make sure you understand how funding works, the fees you can charge, and what your responsibilities are.

  • The Indigenous Health Workforce Traineeships program aims to create viable career pathways and increase the number of skilled Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people working in the primary health care sector.

  • As part of the 2021-22 Budget, the Australian Government announced the new John Flynn Prevocational Doctor Program. This program will better streamline and coordinate medical training in regions and fund new rural primary care rotations to boost training capacity for the next generation of doctors.

  • The JDTP supports education and supervision for junior doctors in rural primary health care settings and private hospitals. This helps provide a continued supply of doctors to deliver health services across Australia. It is part of our Stronger Rural Health Strategy.

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