Up to $300,000 is available from IAHP Service Maintenance Program to support the improvement of health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through better access to health services.

 

Background

The Indigenous Australians’ Health Programme (IAHP) was established by the Australian Government on 1 July 2014.The Programme provides funding for a range of activities including those focusing on primary health care, child, maternal and family health, and chronic disease prevention and management.

The IAHP Service Maintenance Program is intended to support the improvement of health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through better access to health services. This is achieved through the provision of culturally appropriate, fit for purpose health infrastructure for clinics, accommodation for clinical staff and facilities that deliver comprehensive primary health care services to this population.

 

Objectives

The objectives of the grant opportunity are to:

  • improve the safety and accessibility of primary health care clinics for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people by addressing emergency repairs, urgent maintenance and upgrade issues;
  • support the improvement of health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through better access to health services; and
  • provide Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with access to effective high quality health care services in urban, regional, rural and remote locations across Australia.

The intended outcomes of the grant opportunity are:

  • improved health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through increased access to primary health services; and
  • continuation of a culturally appropriate, safe and accessible, fit-for-purpose health infrastructure for clinics, accommodation for clinical staff and facilities that deliver comprehensive primary health care services.

 

Funding

The Australian Government is providing funding of up to $2.5 million (GST exclusive) for this grant opportunity in 2019-20.

It is anticipated that most grants will be between $7,000 to $300,000 (GST exclusive), depending on the scope of the grant activity and its complexity.

 

Eligible Projects

To be eligible your grant activity must be for a project(s) that:

  • improves the safety of, and access to, clinics and/or clinical staff housing facilities; and/or
  • reduces ambient noise to provide quiet spaces suitable for use by health professionals conducting hearing tests. Advice about ambient noise reduction requirements can be obtained from Hearing Australia.

Clinics and clinical staff housing facilities (including commercially rented premises), are defined as buildings and premises that are:

  • non-government owned or operated;
  • managed and operated by an eligible IAHP funded organisation; and
  • used to house primary health care service delivery and/or housing for clinical staff and resources.

Commercially rented clinics and clinical staff housing facilities are eligible to receive funding, with eligibility dependent on:

  • the proposed project falling outside of the landlord’s/agency maintenance, repair and Occupational Health and Safety obligations, as per the property agreement;
  • the commercial tenant having acquired the permission of the landlord/agency as required; and
  • the applicant having at least 24 months remaining on the commercial lease OR if less than 24 months, an extension to the lease is being negotiated.

Eligible expenditure items are:

  • the repair, maintenance and minor upgrades to improve staff access and quality of primary health care clinics and residential facilities;
  • emergency repairs to clinics and/or residential facilities to remedy safety and/or access issues;
  • maintenance of clinics and/or residential facilities for clinical staff to address safety issues;
  • minor upgrades to clinics to increase the range of primary health care services offered such as sound proof/quiet rooms to provide audiology services. Examples include, but are not limited to, acoustic padding, improvement to door seals etc. in existing rooms, and improved sound
    control in upgraded spaces;
  • other repair, maintenance and/or upgrade projects that do not qualify as major capital works and cannot be defined as ‘the purchase of equipment’ (e.g. vehicles or medical equipment)

 

Eligible Applicants

Only organisations currently receiving primary health care funding to deliver clinical services (as defined in Section 14 – Glossary) under the IAHP are eligible to apply for this grant opportunity.

Eligible organisations are also able to apply on behalf of a subsidiary and/or auspice organisation/s, provided the application is submitted by the organisation with whom the department has the direct funding relationship.

To be eligible your organisation must be currently receiving primary health care funding to deliver clinical services under the IAHP.

 

Timing

Applications close 25 November 2019. 

 

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