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

Of the $23.4 million dollars, $2.5 million has been set aside to support projects that enable better integration between hospital and community palliative care services so that clients, their families and carers can access the best possible end of life and palliative care irrespective of their care setting. 

The one-off grant round will provide project funds for the development and testing of new models of care, workforce models and support systems to enable more efficient service provision aimed at improving the continuity of care across multiple care settings for Victorians with life-limiting illnesses who would benefit from palliative care. 

The grant will support services to improve how they deliver services that are person-centred and more broadly integrate with healthcare providers across the healthcare system. 

There is no set amount per funding application. 

Grants are available to fund work related to the following categories of innovation and service development:

  • enhancements to models of care, including proof of concept testing and evaluation
  • business model innovation
  • workforce model innovation.

Timeline

Applications open Monday 29 April 2019.

Applications close midnight Sunday 19 May 2019.

Eligibility

Applications for the 2019 service innovation and development grant are restricted to Victorian designated specialist palliative care services and public funded health services, community health services and non-government organisations. 

Application process

Applications to the 2019 service innovation and development 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.