Recipients have received $63 M over four years to undertake chronic disease prevention programs.

About

$63 M has been allocated over four years to support targeted action related to chronic disease prevention and service improvement. On 1 May 2012, letters were sent to all applicants on the outcomes of the assessment process. That correspondence indicates whether you are invited to enter into contract negotiations with the Department, or whether your application has been unsuccessful in this instance.

Round 2

Details of future funding opportunities will be advertised on the Department’s website and may be contained within the guidelines for a particular Fund. We have successfully raised over $1M from this grant. If you were unsuccessful in funding, feel free to call us on 03 9005 6789 or email us to discuss how we can assist your next application to be more competitive.

Fund objectives

The objective of the Chronic Disease Prevention and Service Improvement Fund is to support targeted action related to chronic disease prevention and service improvement, particularly within the primary care and community sectors to:

  • Reduce the incidence of preventable mortality and morbidity;
  • Maximise the wellbeing and quality of life of individuals affected by chronic disease from  initial diagnosis to end of life;
  • Reduce the pressure on the health and hospital system including aged care; and
  • Support evidence-based best practice in the prevention, detection, treatment and management  of chronic disease.

Fund Priorities

The following priority areas have been identified to achieve the Chronic Disease Prevention and Service Improvement Fund’s objectives and translate its key principles into practice:

  1. Prevention across the continuum
  2. Early detection and appropriate treatment
  3. Integration and continuity of prevention and care
  4. Self management

1. Prevention across the continuum

Prevention across the continuum enables a holistic approach towards prevention, with intervention at multiple points.  These intervention levels can be broadly grouped into three categories:

  • primary prevention  – to prevent movement of the ‘well’ to the ‘at risk’ population
  • secondary prevention – to prevent progression from ‘at risk’ to ‘established’ disease state
  • tertiary prevention – to prevent and/or delay progression to complications from the disease.

The Department may fund a range of prevention and service improvement activities that address this priority area, including but not limited to:

  • health promotion and risk reduction,
  • improving health literacy,
  • raising community awareness and capacity
  • strengthening community action,
  • monitoring and surveillance of risks,
  • rehabilitation and patient support.

2. Early detection and appropriate treatment

To support a targeted approach to early detection and appropriate treatment, supporting activities that promote best-practice care and risk factor prevention and management.

The Department may fund a range of prevention and service improvement activities that address this priority area, including but not limited to:

  • interventions to raise awareness of risk factors and follow up (not relating to MBS items)
  • health promotion,
  • support for patients, their carers and families,
  • support for increased uptake of screening services particularly in hard to reach and under- screened population groups,
  • support for end-of-life care,
  • building the evidence to improve the knowledge base ,
  • facilitating best practice,
  • improving the safety and quality of care

3. Integration and continuity of prevention and care

To support the integration and continuity of prevention and care by ensuring that people are receiving all the services they need in a timely manner, maximising their health outcomes and enhancing their ‘patient journey’.
The Department may fund a range of prevention and service improvement activities that address this priority area, including but not limited to:

  • collaborative and multidisciplinary models of care,
  • capacity building and infrastructure support to enhance integration,
  • strengthening community action,
  • support for end-of-life care,
  • support for patients, their carers and families,
  • building the evidence to improve the knowledge base,
  • facilitating best practice, and
  • improving the safety and quality of care.

4. Self management

To support self management, enabling people with chronic disease to engage in activities that protect and promote health, monitoring and managing symptoms and signs of illness, managing the impacts of illness on functioning, emotions and interpersonal relationships, and negotiating and adhering to treatment regimens.  This priority emphasises a person-centred approach to care and decision-making in addressing chronic disease prevention and service improvement.
The Department may fund a range of prevention and service improvement activities that address
this priority area, including but not limited to:

  • development of consumer education tools and resources,
  • improving health literacy,
  • professional training to promote self management,
  • promotion of patient involved multidisciplinary care models,
  • support for patients, their carers and families, and
  • support for end-of-life care.

What Will Not Be Funded?

The Department will not fund activities that are inconsistent with the Fund Guidelines, that duplicate existing activities, resources or initiatives, or that will only assist an individual without having any impact on the wider community.

Some specific examples of activities that will not be funded include:

  • capital works or construction;
  • purchasing of major equipment or motor vehicles;
  • long-term, recurrent or ongoing funding of routine service delivery;
  • retrospective items/activities;
  • activities undertaken by political organisations;
  • activities that subsidise commercial activities.

Expert Assistance

We have successfully raised over $1M from this grant and have significant experience in many other health grants. Typical areas where we can be of assistance include:

  • Demonstrating the identified need;
  • Highlighting the relevance to current government policies and priorities;
  • Complete the Project Plan and Budget Projections;
  • Identify Outcomes that are measurable;
  • Detail the applicant organisation’s experience or expertise in undertaking the project/s;
  • Calculating the value for money; and
  • Demonstrating capacity to deliver quality outcomes

Call us on 03 9005 6789 or email us to discuss how we can assist further.