Medical
Health, Rural & Regional

Enhancing Country Health Outcomes

Funder:  Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal

 Grant Background:  The Enhancing Country Health Outcomes (ECHO) grant program aims to improve health outcomes for people living in rural, regional and remote Victoria and New South Wales.

The program provides targeted funds for charitable initiatives delivered by not-for-profit organisations that strengthen, improve accessibility and retain quality and contextually appropriate primary health care services in local communities.

Priority will be given to locally driven initiatives, based in rural, regional and remote Victorian and New South Wales communities that:

  1. Improve accessibility and availability of innovative public primary health service delivery that while publicly available, is difficult to access;
  2. Enable communities to attract and retain a multi-disciplinary health workforce,including General Practitioners and allied health workers, through innovative and novel approaches;
  3. Support the rural, regional and remote health workforce in being prepared for living and thriving in their / these communities;
  4. Provide innovative responses to local health needs that are collaborative, integrated and help create systemic change;
  5. Develop and implement evidence-based, best-practice models of care that are affordable, acceptable and appropriate to meeting the primary health care needs of people living in rural, regional and remote areas.

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Health, Sport

Local Sport Defibrillator Grant Program

Funder:  NSW – Sport

Grant Background: The Local Sport Defibrillator Grant Program provides NSW sports clubs and councils the opportunity to acquire an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) package for their club or sports facility at a reduced cost.

An AED is a life saving device which delivers a controlled shock to an individual experiencing cardiac arrest, increasing their chances of survival.

Sporting organisations and councils will be able to choose from a panel of approved AED Panel Service Providers and a variety of AED packaged services with the level of customer service that meets their needs.

An AED package will include:

  • An AED
  • AED familiarisation instruction (within 28 days of delivery)
  • A minimum of six years of essential AED maintenance

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Health

Lung Conditions Population Groups at Risk

Funder:  Federal – Health

Grant Background:  The purpose of the grant opportunity is to improve awareness and understanding of lung conditions for population groups considered to be at an ‘increased risk’ of experiencing poor lung health in Australia. These include, but not limited to: asthmatics, those with chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, cystic fibrosis, smokers, people with allergies, people exposed to asbestos and/or inflammatory pollutants (i.e. those in occupations such as mining, manufacturing, engineered stone working and building).

The objectives of the grant opportunity are to support a number of recommended activities from the Action Plan, including:

  • Delivering awareness and education campaigns to improve knowledge of occupational hazards that affect the lungs and to promote safe workplaces;
  • Delivering education to parents, carers and health professionals to address chronic cough, particularly in high risk populations including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children; and
  • Delivering awareness and education campaigns on the benefits of immunisation to increase uptake in high-risk populations.

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Health

Pain Management Training

Funder:  Federal – Health

Grant Background:  The purpose of the grant opportunity is to enable the development and provision of pain management training and educational resources for medical practitioners, to more effectively deliver pain management care. This will allow better coordination of treatment and management for people living with chronic pain.

The objectives of the grant opportunity are to support the recommended activities from the Action Plan. These include:

  • Expand pain management training opportunities for health practitioners – licensing health practitioners to complete the full Faculty of Pain Medicine Better Pain Management Program, or greater access for more practitioners to selected modules of relevance.
  • Develop a six-month workplace-based certificate in clinical pain medicine for GPs and other interested health professionals.
  • Create a public database of health practitioners who have completed pain management training courses (interactive website).
  • Develop specific materials and engagement activities to provide prescribers with guidance on the quality use of medications.
  • Develop a ‘train the trainer’ model for Residential Aged Care providers and distribute and disseminate the existing guidance and management strategy documents.

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