What is the COVID-19 Workforce Surge Capacity?

The COVID-19 Workforce Surge Capacity is a grant opportunity to support the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency to increase the pool of appropriately trained health practitioners registered and available to work in COVID-related roles, or to backfill where needed.

 

Background

The COVID-19 Workforce Surge Capacity grant opportunity relates to boosting our health workforce to ensure the capacity of our health system to effectively assess, diagnose and treat COVID-19 in a way that minimises and delays the spread of the disease into the community. One of the key components on boosting our health workforce is ensuring all appropriately trained health practitioners are registered and available to work. In addition, a surge capacity of recently retired and nonpracticing health practitioners to support the existing workforce has been endorsed by the COAG Health Council.

This grant will be administered by the Community Grants Hub on behalf of the department.

 

Objectives

The objective of the COVID-19 Workforce Surge Capacity grant opportunity is to support the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency to increase the pool of appropriately trained health practitioners registered and available to work in COVID-related roles, or to backfill where needed. In addition, a surge capacity of recently retired and non-practicing health practitioners is to be established and maintained for the duration of the pandemic (to a maximum timeframe of 12 months). Other work, related to communicating with practitioners on changes to standards of practice as determined by the National Cabinet, is also supported through this grant.

The intended outcomes of the grant opportunity are:

  • Increased number of health practitioners registered and available to work in the health system;
  • Creation and maintenance of a surge workforce across critical health professions (as determined by state and territory governments);
  • Improved support and communication material for registered health practitioners to advise them of changes to standards, codes and guidelines in response to COVID19.

 

Funding

The COVID-19 Workforce Surge Capacity grant opportunity will provide grant funding of up to $6.26 million (GST exclusive) in the 2019-20 financial years. The completion date will be 5 April 2021.

 

Eligible Projects

The grant can be used for the following grant activity/s:

  • Registration, accreditation, training and development activities relating to the registered health workforce;
  • Creation and maintenance of a surge workforce capacity across critical health professions (as determined by state and territory governments); and
  • Communications activities to inform the registered health workforce of changes to standards, codes, guidelines and policies in response to COVID-19.

Costs that the grant can be used for are:

  • Maintaining business continuity, including ICT equipment and licencing;
  • Temporary employment and training of new staff;
  • Development and maintenance of an electronic register relating to surge workforce; and
  • Development and dissemination of communications material relating to registration, accreditation, training, development, standards, codes, guidelines and policies in response to COVID-19.

 

Eligible Applicants

To be eligible you must be the listed organisation:

  • The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (Ahpra)

The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (Ahpra) is the national organisation responsible for implementing the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (the National Scheme) across Australia.

The National Scheme encompasses the registration, training, assessment and oversight of 16 registered health professions, including medical practitioners, nurses and midwives, physiotherapists, dentists, paramedics and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practitioners.

Ahpra, and the National Boards, are responsible for registration and monitoring of Australia’s registered health practitioners, and the development and dissemination of standards, codes and guidelines for safe practice in Australia. As the accepted national body for this work, Ahpra is the only organisation identified as being capable of undertaking the work required.

 

Timing

Applications close 01 July 2020.

 

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