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.

Aged Care Capital Assistance Program (ACCAP)

Tags: Funding opportunities

Commonwealth Department of Health and Aged Care

The Aged Care Capital Assistance Program (ACCAP) is a targeted initiative which aims to improve access to high-quality aged care services in thin market settings. Its primary focus is on addressing the needs of specific groups, including individuals from First Nations communities, those living in remote, regional, and rural areas, people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, and those with complex care requirements, such as dementia. The program acknowledges the unique challenges faced by aged care services operating in thin market settings, where there is limited demand.

The ACCAP will make available up to $602.9 million until June 30, 2027. This funding can be used for the construction of new aged care services, extensions and upgrades to existing ones and providing staff accommodation, a vital aspect of ensuring the availability of a qualified workforce in remote areas.

The program’s flexibility allows for the adjustment of eligible applicants and activities from one funding round to the next, with clear guidelines published for each round on GrantConnect. This approach ensures that applicants understand the specific requirements and priorities for each funding round, aligning with the changing needs of remote aged care services and their residents.

How can I engage?

For organisations interested in seeking ACCAP funding, it’s essential to stay informed about program updates, as the next round is anticipated to open at the end of October 2023.

Additional information and application details will be made available on the program’s webpage as the program progresses, offering a valuable opportunity for organisations serving aged care needs in remote and very remote areas to access critical funding for infrastructure enhancements and improvements.

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

To receive notifications about future funding opportunities, organisations can register with GrantConnect

Remote and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Aged Care Service Development Assistance Panel (SDAP)

Tags: Indigenous, Training pathways

Commonwealth Department of Health and Aged Care

The Service Delivery Assistance Panel (SDAP) offers professional support for services to improve the delivery and administration of aged care services, with a focus on addressing challenges in clinical care, financial and workforce planning, governance, and regulation.

The program also emphasises culturally appropriate support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander aged care services.

Eligibility for SDAP is open to aged care service providers in small rural towns or remote areas (Modified Model 5–7) and those serving a significant number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals anywhere in Australia. This includes providers of residential aged care, home care through the Home Care Packages Program, and those funded under the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flexible Aged Care Program. Providers in rural and remote areas delivering aged care services under the Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) may also be eligible.

The program seeks to assist aged care providers in rural and remote areas, who face challenges such as higher costs, limited access to professional services, a shortage of skilled workers, and the need to adapt to changes in the aged care system. The support offered through SDAP helps these providers build capacity and enhance the quality of their services to meet standards and legislative requirements.

SDAP support is divided into three main areas: Provider Capability and Support, Sector Development, and Infrastructure Project Management. Provider Capability and Support includes assistance with compliance, quality standards, and building management and governance capabilities. Sector Development focuses on helping providers adapt to changes in the aged care system, offer workforce training, and enhance service delivery. Infrastructure Project Management provides support for compliance with relevant laws and project management of building works.

Additionally, the Rural and Remote Aged Care Management Training Program offers training for aged care managers in rural and remote settings, with no specific prerequisites. This program is delivered by experienced trainers who guide participants on meeting their responsibilities to consumers, communities, and organizations in these unique care settings.

How can I engage?

Organisations can apply by reading  and completing the SDAP Application Form.

Email sdap@health.gov.au with any queries or contact your local Department of Health office to discuss your support needs.

Interim First Nations Aged Care Commissioner

Tags: Indigenous

Commonwealth Department of Health and Aged Care

The establishment of an Interim First Nations Aged Care Commissioner aims to give a voice to advocate for the needs of First Nations Elders and hold the government accountable for delivering quality care services. The Interim Commissioner’s primary role will involve engaging with First Nations communities and stakeholders to gather insights and recommendations that will shape the responsibilities and functions of the permanent First Nations Aged Care Commissioner.

Remote aged care providers can anticipate a more focused and responsive approach to addressing the unique needs of First Nations Elders. The Interim Commissioner will actively consult with communities and stakeholders to define the role and responsibilities of the permanent Commissioner, ensuring it aligns closely with the specific needs and expectations of these communities. This initiative signifies a significant step towards improving the aged care services available to First Nations Elders in remote areas and emphasizes the government’s commitment to inclusive and accountable care provision.

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.​

ARIIA Opportunities

Tags: Educational opportunities

ARIIA

ARIIA provides over 1,170 sources of information and reliable research evidence through its Knowledge and Implementation Hub. This trusted resource connects service providers and workers to aged care priority topics to guide innovation and change in aged care and beyond. They also offer an Innovator Training Program to upskill aged care workers and an Aged Care Partnering Program as an incubator for collaboration

How can I engage?

Visit : https://www.ariia.org.au/

Email : ariia@ariia.org.au

Call :  08 7421 9134

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

Equip Aged Care Learning Packages

Tags: Educational opportunities, Training pathways

Commonwealth Department of Health and Aged Care

The University of Tasmania was contracted to develop the Equip Aged Care Learning Packages. The packages consist of 14 modules designed for carers, personal care workers, nurses, allied health professionals and volunteers working in the aged care sector.

All 14 modules are free of charge and available now.

How can I engage?

Participants can enrol and complete the modules through the Equip website.

Aged Care Providers can request access links to the modules to be made available on their own learning platform. This option is available by contacting UTAS through the equip website.

Aged Care Nursing Clinical Placement Program

Tags: Educational opportunities, Training pathways

Commonwealth Department of Health and Aged Care

This program provides Bachelor of Nursing students with high-quality clinical placements in the care and support sector. Students are provided support through Clinical Facilitators and access to an Aged Care Knowledge hub.

The program is delivered across Australia by five suppliers:

  • A consortium led by The University of Canberra
  • Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association
  • Brightwater Care Group
  • Hunter Primary Care
  • Pop-Up Health

How can I engage?

Participants can register their interest via supplier’s websites.

Aged care service providers can contact the Department of Health and Aged Care with questions about the program via email: ClinicalPlacementsp@health.gov.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.