National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flexible Aged Care (NATSIFAC) Program

Tags: Funding opportunities, Indigenous, workforce support

Commonwealth Department of Health and Aged Care

This program funds aged care services to:

  • meet the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples; and
  • allow them to remain close to home and community.

Most of these services are in rural and remote areas.

The NATSIFAC Program offers funding for culturally safe aged care specifically designed for First Nations Elders. This program takes a comprehensive approach by providing a diverse range of services that cater to the unique needs of Indigenous communities. Its central goal is to ensure that First Nations Elders receive care that respects their cultural values and individual requirements.

The NATSIFAC Program has secured additional funding through the 2023-24 Budget. This funding is earmarked to specifically support residential services in extremely remote locations, ensuring that Elders can continue to receive care on their ancestral lands.

The additional funding will also be utilised to assist all services in meeting the new requirements outlined in the transition to the updated Aged Care Act. By doing so, the program aims to ensure that the care provided remains compliant with the latest standards and regulations, thereby guaranteeing the highest quality of service for First Nations Elders.

How can I engage?

Aged care service providers and organisations can apply for funding through grant rounds.

Funding rounds are advertised on Grant Connect. To get automatic emails about new grant listings, register as a Grant Connect user.

Information is also available about the entry pathway into the program.

Any queries can be directed via email to: NATSIFACP@health.gov.au.

Nursing and Allied Health Scholarships

Tags: Funding opportunities, Training pathways, workforce support

Commonwealth Department of Health and Aged Care

The Department of Health and Aged Care funds a range of scholarship opportunities through the Australian College of Nursing including nursing, midwifery, aged care, undergraduate and postgraduate scholarships. Preference is given to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants.

These are administered through the Australian College of Nursing.

How can I engage?

You can find more information on the ACN website: https://www.acn.edu.au/scholarships

Rural Locum Assistance Program

Tags: Funding opportunities, Training pathways, workforce support

Commonwealth Department of Health and Aged Care

The Rural Locum Assistance Program is dedicated to supporting aged care facilities in rural and remote areas that face workforce shortages due to sudden departures, annual leave and training needs. The program aims to connect these facilities with suitable locum professionals to fill essential positions, ensuring uninterrupted service delivery across rural and remote Australia. The positions eligible for locum cover include Aged Care Nurses, Allied Health experts, Facility Managers and Aged Care Workers.

The program guarantees that older Australians in need of aged care services in these areas receive consistent, high-quality care with clinical leadership. It also provides a lifeline for facilities experiencing high staff turnover, offering temporary workforce solutions while they recruit permanent team members.

The program manages all aspects of locum recruitment, from travel and accommodation to incentives, without any fees or charges to your aged care service. Your only responsibility is paying regular wages, including penalties, superannuation, and taxes, for the placement period.

How can I engage?

For more information, contact enquiries@rurallap.com.au.​

CRANAPlus Bush Support Line

Tags: workforce support

CRANAPlus

The Bush Support Line is a free 24/7, 365-day telephone counselling support line for the rural and remote health workforce and their families.

It is open to all health workers, health discipline students, and their families in rural, remote, and isolated communities, including nurses, midwives, general practitioners, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers/Professionals, the allied health workforce and other staff involved in health service delivery.

You can ring 1800 805 391 at any time to speak with a psychologist experienced in the rural and remote sector. When you call, you will receive a non-judgemental, respectful, ethical and culturally safe service.

How can I engage?

By calling 1800 805 391 to access the Bush Support Line.

By subscribing to the service’s weekly Mindful Monday newsletter at crana.org.au/mindfulmonday

By exploring mental health and wellbeing resources tailored to the remote health workforce at crana.org.au/helpful-resources

By arranging a wellbeing workshop for your team by emailing wellbeing@crana.org.au

Aged Care Transition to Practice Program

Tags: Educational opportunities, Training pathways, workforce support

Commonwealth Department of Health and Aged Care

The Aged Care Transition to Practice (ACTTP) program provides nurses with mentoring, training, and support at the start of their career in aged care.

The program is delivered nationally by the following suppliers:

  • Aged and Community Care Providers Association
  • The Australian College of Nursing

The University of Wollongong

How can I engage?

Participants and aged care providers can register their interest through one of the three supplier’s websites:

Home Care Workforce Support Program

Tags: Training pathways, workforce support

NACCHO, Settlement Services Australia, Aged and Community Services Australia, Apprenticeship Careers Australia, Care Community

The Home Care Workforce Support Program is aiming to attract, train and retain 13,000 personal care workers to the aged care sector by 2024.

The Government has provided $91 million in grants to six consortia, with specific funding allocated to assist rural and remote communities to deliver support services to providers.

The program provides services to Home Care Providers to assist with human resourcing, pre-employment support (including facilitating access to training, where required), post-placement support (including mentorship programs) to improve the retention of workers.

How can I engage?

Information on organisation delivering the program in each state or territory, can be found at: https://www.health.gov.au/our-work/home-care-workforce-support-program.

Aged Care Registered Nurses’ Payment to reward clinical skills and leadership

Tags: workforce support

Commonwealth Department of Health and Aged Care

Payments for either 6 months or 12 months of employment will be available to registered nurses who work for the same aged care provider over the eligibility periods.

Round 2 Eligibility periods are:

  • 1 November 2022 – 31 October 2023 (12 month payment)
  • 1 May 2023 – 31 October 2023 (6 month payment)

Registered nurses who work in a rural or remote area (MMM3-7) may also be eligible for an additional payment per year of up to $2,300.

How can I engage?

Funding for Round 1 is closed.

Funding for Round 2 will be advertised on Grant Connect. To get automatic emails about new grant listings, register as a Grant Connect user.

Queries can be directed via email: acrnpayment@health.gov.au

Rural Health Pro

Tags: workforce support

Rural Doctors Network

Rural Health Pro connects people and organisations passionate about keeping rural and remote communities healthy. Rural Health Pro’s digital hub provides information, resources, and training opportunities to support the capability of rural and remote health professionals.

Rural Health Pro enables health sector organisations and peak health bodies to interact through groups and discussions; receive content customised to their profession and interests; learn about career opportunities, training resources and funding opportunities; and attend digital events, all of this from the convenience of your homes and offices or on the go with the new app. It is also free to use.

How can I engage?

It’s free to join Rural Health Pro’s community. Members can connect via discussion groups, participate in online events and access resources, news and scholarships via the Rural Health Pro app or website.