Up to $750,000 is available from MCB Grant to support improvements in the delivery of accessible and inclusive mainstream health services.

 

Mainstream Capacity Building (MCB) Grant

The Mainstream Capacity Building (MCB) Grant aims to support improvements in the delivery of accessible and inclusive mainstream health services to meet the needs of people with disability, families and carers. This grant opportunity is targeting mainstream health interface areas to systematically build the capability of other service systems, delivered through joint stewardship with all levels of Government and other stakeholders.

 

Background

The Mainstream Capacity Building (MCB) Program provides funding to stimulate and encourage practice change in the delivery of mainstream services through the development and trialling of new approaches that are more inclusive and welcoming for people with disability. The emphasis of these catalytic investments is to enable universal service systems to be more accessible and aware of people with disability, building the capacity of these services to more effectively meet their obligations rather than replacing this essential effort.

The program outcome is that people with disability use and benefit from the same mainstream services as everyone else. This program also seeks to prevent, reduce or delay the need for people with disabilities to access specialist disability services by ensuring that they are able to access the supports they need from mainstream services when they need it.

This first Mainstream Capacity Building (MCB) grant round will focus on the health sector. The NDIA will determine annual priorities for mainstream capacity building based upon evidence and the lived experiences of people with disability, their families and carers.

 

Objectives

It is the aim of the MCB grant round to fund projects that will lead to the production of improved practice approaches in the health service system that enable:

  • people with disability to use and benefit from the same mainstream health services as everyone else
  • improved access to, and utilisation of, mainstream health services by people with disability.

 

Funding

The NDIA has allocated a total of $64 million (GST exclusive) funding for the MCB Program over three years. A total of $32 million (GST exclusive) is available over three years for this grant round.

Minimum funding amount that applicants can apply for is $100,000 per year (or $300,000 over three years). Maximum funding amount that applicants can apply for is $750,000 per year (or $2.250 million over three years).

 

Eligible Projects

To be eligible your grant activity must align with the ILC policy.

Mainstream Capacity Building funding priorities for this grant round have been identified in consultation with state and territory governments and with reference to the relevant state or territory Disability Action Plan.

The main funding priorities identified in relation to people with disability accessing mainstream health services are outlined below:

  • Accessibility
    • Psychosocial disability (ACT) – Activities which improve the identification of NDIS access requirements targeted at primary health care professionals.
    • Deaf or Hard of Hearing (VIC) – Activities which enhance the awareness of hospital staff in regard to inclusive and accessibility practice, including communication, to ensure deaf or hard of hearing people are well supported in hospitals and health centres.
    • Autism (VIC) – Activities which improve the access of people with autism to health and mental health services where access is impeded due to sensory sensitivities and communication issues.
    • All people with disability (WA) – Activities which increase the numbers of visiting health professionals/specialists to rural, regional and remote Western Australia to provide services and supports to people with disability.
  • Best Practice
    • All people with disability (SA) – Document/trial best practice services delivery framework, development and documentation of associated policy or procedures and/or embedding these changes.
    • All people with disability (NATIONAL)  – Activities which work across government service agencies to improve accessibility for people with disability to ensure they have access to universal services, and complements supports people with disability receive through other services, such as the NDIS.
    • All people with disability (TAS) – Activities which ensure health services are designed to meet the needs of people with disability and Activities which are designed to ensure key public health strategies meet the needs of people with disability.
  • Collaboration
    • All people with disability (ACT) – Activities which aim to develop networks of Health Professional who specialise in disability.
    • Mental Health and Intellectual Disability (ACT) – Activities which enhance the understanding and training in currently unaligned services areas (including acute) in relation to both Mental Health and Intellectual Disability.
    • All people with disability (SA) – Activities that enhance supported decision making framework within public health services, which can include development of policy and process documentation; training modules etc.
    • All people with disability (SA) – Activities which work to join up different sectors needed to drive changes in services and practices.
  • Communication
    • All people with disability (ACT) – Activities which develop inclusive communication boards.
    • Children with disability (WA) – Activities with the aim to define the scope, pathways and communication between Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) Partners and state agencies.
    • All people with disability (NATIONAL) – Activities which improve the communication between people with disabilities, and health providers and take into account the needs of disability groups with specific communication needs.
  • Cultural
    • Culturally and linguistically diverse people with a disability (QLD) – Activities which aim to educate and
      develop resources for public sector and non-government sector health staff to create greater understanding of support needs for people with disability, from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
    • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disability (QLD) – Activities which support culturally safe environments and services to assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disabilities in their community.
  • Knowledge
    • Intellectual disability, developmental delay and psychosocial disability (QLD) – Activities which aim to educate and develop resources for public sector and non-government sector health staff to create greater understanding of support needs for people with disability, particularly intellectual disability, developmental delay and psychosocial disability, when interacting with health services.
    • All people with disability (VIC) – Activities that aim to educate health professionals about disability.
    • All people with disability (NATIONAL) – Activities which build the knowledge of public an