On 30 October 2018, the Victorian Government announced an extra $23.4 million to implement recommendations from an expert panel’s review into palliative care funding.

Of the $23.4 million, funding has been set aside to support infrastructure grants for designated community palliative care services in metropolitan Melbourne and peri-urban areas less than 100km from Melbourne’s central business district where demand for services is increasing. 

The one-off grant round will provide for infrastructure to enable more efficient service provision and in so doing, support more Victorians with life-limiting illnesses who would benefit from palliative care to access that care as close to home as possible. The grant will support services to improve how they deliver services that are person-centred and more broadly integrate with other healthcare providers across the healthcare system.

The infrastructure grant does not have a specific funding range for applications. In previous years successful organisations have received between $50,000 to $500,000 to support the purchase of equipment and execution of minor capital works and infrastructure upgrades.

Grants are available to fund the following categories of infrastructure:

  • upgrades to communication technology to enable staff on the road to stay in contact with their home base
  • upgrades to patient information systems to enable remote access to client records
  • building modifications to support client and carer education and training
  • refurbishment, repair or replacement of ageing infrastructure
  • modifications to current premises to support bereavement care
  • purchase of motor vehicles to support home visits

Timeline

Applications open Monday 29 April 2019

Applications close midnight Sunday 19 May 2019

Eligibility

Applications for the 2019 infrastructure grant are restricted to Victorian public, designated specialist community palliative care services operating in metropolitan Melbourne and peri-urban areas less than 100 km from Melbourne’s central business district. This includes community palliative care services auspiced by a public health service and designated day hospice units.

The following designated specialist palliative care services are eligible to apply for grant funding:

  • Banksia Palliative Care
  • Barwon Health
  • Calvary Health Care Bethlehem
  • Djerriwarrh Health Services
  • Eastern Palliative Care Association
  • Kyneton District Health Service
  • Melbourne City Mission
  • Mercy Palliative Care
  • Palliative Care South East
  • Peninsula Home Hospice
  • St Vincent's Hospital day hospice
  • Western Health day hospice

Application process

Applications to the 2019 infrastructure grant must be accompanied by the approved Department of Health and Human Services application form, available from the Downloads section.

All applications must be signed by the organisation's Chief Executive Officer, or in their absence, a nominated delegate. 

Assessment of applications

Applications will be assessed by the Department of Health and Human Services (the department). The department may request more information or a meeting with some applicants to determine the eligibility and appropriateness of the application.

Assessment criteria

Each application will be assessed according to the following criteria:

  • whether it compiles with the 2019 infrastructure grant guidelines
  • whether the infrastructure will assist the service provider to support people receiving home-based palliative care, and their families and carers
  • whether the proposal is the most economical and functionally appropriate choice.

Services are required to provide a written submission outlining the type of infrastructure to be purchased or leased.

The following documents are required to form an application package:

  • Department of Health and Human Services application form
  • written submission with a detailed description of the equipment of the equipment or infrastructure to be purchased or leased and the overall cost of each item
  • a statement demonstrating value for money
  • evidence of compliance to Australian standards.

Notification of the outcome

Applicants will be notified in writing of the department’s decision. The letter will include the rationale for the decision and details about the funding that is approved.

More information

For more information please contact the Manager Palliative Care on telephone (03) 9096 2050.