Aged Care Service Improvement and Healthy Ageing Grants announced – including list of SA projects

Minister for Social Services, the Hon. Scott Morrison and Assistant Minister, Senator the Hon. Mitch Fifield, today announced the Coalition Government will invest $34 million into tackling new and existing challenges in aged care nationwide.

Older Australians will benefit from flexible and innovative aged care projects that will be funded by the Coalition Government through the Aged Care Service Improvement and Healthy Ageing Grants round until June 2017.

“These grants will support older Australians in our community by building the capacity of local aged care service providers to better meet their needs,” Minister Morrison said.

“Through these grants organisations will build the capacity of aged care services to deliver high quality, world class care.

“This means we are able to better respond to existing and emerging challenges both now and into the future.”

Assistant Minister for Social Services, Mitch Fifield—who has responsibility for Ageing and Aged Care—said funding would also be particularly beneficial to helping older people remain independent and have more choice and control over the services they receive.

“The Government is building an aged care system that offers older people more support to help them stay in their own homes for as long as possible,” Minister Fifield said.

“A number of projects funded in this round will support and prepare service providers to deliver high quality care that is centred around the care recipient, including one project that focuses on care for people in regional and rural communities.

“Other projects look at how innovative models of care can assist people with dementia, including a pilot program that tests whether specially trained dogs can increase the independence and improve the quality of life for a person with dementia.”

Minister Fifield said funding will also be provided to improve cultural competency for aged care workers, as well as enhance the CALD sector’s capacity to provide high quality aged care.

The Aged Care Service Improvement and Healthy Ageing Grants will be shared between 54 organisations for both national and state and territory projects that focus on aged care.

A list of all successful applicants is available at

Listed below are the successful South Australian projects.

Aged and Community Services SA &NT Inc Supporting capacity building within Regional, Rural and Remote (RRR) aged care providers in South Australia and the Northern Territory to assist them to meet the changing demands of the industry. This project would co-ordinate forums and training events where service providers can be equipped and prepared for the current aged care reforms. SA & NT – Organisation based in Fullarton, SA $353,000

Aged Care & Housing Group Inc Tailor Made, Good Practice model for respite services for people with younger onset dementia and their families This project will work with younger people living with dementia and their families to co-design, trial, evaluate and share the learning of a tailor-made good practice respite model to meet the needs of younger people living with dementia, spanning community and residential respite services. SA – corporate office is at Mile End, SA $353,062

Aged Care & Housing Group Inc Muslim Community – A CALD Partnership Model This project will design test and evaluate a CALD partnership model with the South Australian Muslim Community. SA – corporate office is at Mile End, SA $373,078

Aged Care & Housing Group Inc Good Health Transitions Program This project will develop, trial and evaluate a reablement programme for frail older people living in the community. SA – corporate office is at Mile End, SA $999,534

Alzheimers Australia SA Incorporated Bridging the cultural gap – an smartphone app to support the provision of culturally sensitive care in dementia This project will develop and disseminate an app for smartphones that will support the provision of culturally sensitive care in dementia. Nationwide (organisation based in Glenside, SA) $662,802

Carer Support & Respite Centre Inc It’s your Life’ – Adelaide Dementia Information and Support Program The Program aims to deliver a range of targeted activities and education sessions to people living with Dementia and their carers. Adelaide-wide $415,188

COTA Australia Ltd Consumer Engagement for healthy and active ageing – co-design, co-production and cooperation This project seeks to give older Australians a voice in controlling and managing their lives as they age, allowing them to maintain a strong and guided influence in the delivery and use of aged care services. Nationwide – organisation based in Adelaide $921,000

COTA Australia Ltd Extension of Home Care Today – building the capabilities of consumers and providers to successfully implement consumer directed home care services. This application seeks to build on the established HCT Resource Hub to deliver information, learning opportunities, toolkits and examples of successful consumer directed care implementation to consumers and providers across Australia. Nationwide – organisation based in Adelaide $1,711,916

Helping Hand Aged Care Inc Improving cognitive and functional capacity older people in residential aged care through an exercise prescription approach This project aims to improve the cognitive and functional capacity of residential clients with dementia through a formal exercise physiologists (EP) intervention plan. This will be achieved by exploring the impact of targeted, specific EP interventions on those with dementia or chronic health conditions; design pathways to integrate EP interventions, including through referral mechanisms, exercise prescription and development of care staff role; develop a model for sustainability and up-scaling of these practices in aged care; and promote the model in the sector. Adelaide, Barossa/Yorke – SA $504,257

Southern Adelaide Local Health Network Incorporated Establishing an Antimicrobial Stewardship Program in Residential Aged Care Facility This project will establish an antimicrobial stewardship program in a residential aged care facility, and will be implemented in partnership with Southern Cross Care (SA & NT) Incorporated. It will trial the program in a single facility by establishing a team comprising a lead nurse, pharmacists, consultant physician in infectious diseases and a general practitioner to manage antimicrobial prescribing treatments, and will audit, educate and evaluate results from the surveillance of resistance and sensitivity patterns in cultures collected from residents. Adelaide South $880,000

The Flinders University of South Australia Developing the multicultural workforce to improve the quality of care for residents. With the ageing of multicultural Australia, a growing number of residents in residential aged care are from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and have diverse care needs. Similarly, the workforce is increasingly diverse posing both challenges and opportunities for quality care for residents. This project will work with staff at four sites to develop and implement a multicultural workforce development model and training package to support implementation of the model to provide culturally appropriate high quality care to residents. Adelaide and south east South Australia $566,574