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.

 

IAHP Service Maintenance Program

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.

 

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 objective of the Programme is to 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. This includes through Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services, wherever possible and appropriate, as well as mainstream services delivering comprehensive, culturally appropriate primary health care.

 

Funding

The Australian Government announced an opportunity for eligible services to apply for grants under the SMP in 2018-19. A total of $2.5 million (GST exclusive) is available.

The value of individual grants will vary depending on the repairs, maintenance or upgrades required. Based on previous rounds, an indicative range of values for individual grants is $7,000 to $300,000 (GST exclusive).

 

Eligible Activities

The department expects that the funding will be awarded to projects that improve the safety of, and access to, clinics and clinical staff housing facilities. However, there should be no current intention to sell the premises in the short term.

Clinics and clinical staff housing facilities (including commercially rented premises), for the purposes of the Service Maintenance Program, are defined as buildings and premises that are:

  • Non-government owned;
  • Managed and operated by an eligible IAHP funded organisation;
  • and are 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 under the Program, however their eligibility is dependent on:

  • The proposed project falling outside of the landlord’s/agency’s 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.

You must use the grant for the following activities:

  • to repair, maintain and conduct minor upgrades to improve the accessibility and quality standards of remote primary health care (PHC) clinics and residential facilities for clinical staff;
  • emergency repairs to clinics and/or residential facilities for clinical staff to address urgent safety and/or access issues;
  • priority maintenance of clinics and/or residential facilities for clinical staff to address safety and/or access issues;
  • minor upgrades to clinics and/or residential facilities for clinical staff to address safety and/or access issues;
  • general repairs that contribute to improving clinic and residential facilities for clinical staff environments; and
  • 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).

Priority will be given to projects seeking urgent repair and/or priority maintenance to facilities based in remote and very remote regions as per Modified Monash Model (MMM) region definitions. You can only spend grant funds on eligible grant activities as defined in your grant agreement.

 

Eligible Applicants

To be eligible you must:

  • currently receive primary healthcare funding under the IAHP to deliver clinical services
  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • be registered for the purposes of GST
  • be a permanent resident of Australia

have an account with an Australian financial institution and be one of the following entity types:

  • a company incorporated in Australia
  • a company incorporated by guarantee
  • an incorporated trustee on behalf of a trust
  • an incorporated association
  • a partnership
  • a registered charity or not-for-profit organisation
  • an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Corporation registered under the Corporations (Aboriginal and /or Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006

 

Timing

Applications close 29 January 2019.

 

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