Indigenous Mental Health First Aid Training

Funder:  National Indigenous Australians Agency

Grant Background:  The purpose of the Indigenous Mental Health First Aid Training grant opportunity is to deliver Indigenous mental health first aid training across all jurisdictions in consultation with the local communities/services. The intended outcome of this grant opportunity is increased awareness and capacity of Indigenous families and communities to recognise the signs of mental health issues and be able to find appropriate pathways for assistance if needed.

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Supporting People with Cancer

Funder:  Cancer Australia

Grant Background:  Cancer Australia invites applications for funding under the Supporting people with cancer Grant initiative. The Supporting people with cancer Grant initiative aims to support people affected by cancer through the provision of grants to community organisations and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations.

The Supporting people with cancer Grant initiative will fund evidence-based initiatives to reduce the impact of cancer and better support people affected by cancer.

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National Disability Conference Initiative

Funder:  Federal – Department of Social Services

Grant Background:  The Australian Government is inviting applications in an open competitive process to apply for grant funding under the National Disability Conference Initiative (NDCI) 2021-22.

There are two categories of grants available under NDCI in 2021-22:

 Activity Stream 1: Disability Conference Activity (DCA)

The DCA will be a continuation of the existing NDCI program, providing grants of up to $10,000 (GST exclusive) to enable disability conference organisers to maximise the inclusion and participation of people with disability at their conferences.

Activity Stream 2: Mainstream Conference Inclusion Activity (MCIA)

This is a new activity stream to provide grants of up to $10,000 (GST exclusive) to Disabled People’s Organisations or Families Organisations (DPO/FOs) to collaborate with a mainstream conference organiser to ensure conference proceedings include disability issues sessions/keynote address and that the conference is inclusive/accessible to people with disability.

Note: Eligible organisations are able to apply for one or both activity streams outlined above,

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Perinatal Mental Health and Wellbeing Program – Emerging Priorities

Funder:  Federal – Health

Grant Background:  The Perinatal Mental Health and Wellbeing Program aims to strengthen national access to perinatal mental health and wellbeing support services to improve health outcomes for expectant and new parents experiencing, or at risk of, perinatal mental health issues. The purpose of the Emerging Priorities grant opportunity is to address national gaps in perinatal mental health and wellbeing service delivery through the delivery of new initiatives that complement and enhance existing services.

The objectives of the Emerging Priorities grant opportunity are to:
• deliver national perinatal mental health initiatives for expectant and new parents experiencing or at risk of perinatal mental illness, including activities aimed at improving access to support services for underserviced groups and vulnerable sectors of communities across Australia;
• deliver national prevention and early intervention support services for parents at risk of perinatal mental illness following birth trauma, miscarriage, stillbirth or infant death to prevent the development of mental illness;
• deliver training and education initiatives aimed at the improvement of perinatal mental health and wellbeing service delivery; and
• deliver awareness, information and stigma reduction initiatives for perinatal mental health and wellbeing.

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Heart Disease and Stroke – Early Detection

Funder:  Federal – Health

Grant Background:  The purpose of the grant opportunity is to increase the early detection of people at risk of heart disease and stroke. This will reduce avoidable hospital admissions and save lives. The objectives of the grant opportunity are to support key activities from the draft National Strategic Action Plan for Heart Disease and Stroke.

Activities can include:

  • develop initiatives designed to identify and support groups at risk of heart disease and stroke;
  • develop consumer awareness resources to improve identification and management of hypertension (high blood pressure) including adherence to medications;
  • develop resources to support primary care health professionals on the management of hypertension, including quality measurement;
  • develop consumer resources and a system of notification and recall to improve awareness of required health checks (including atrial fibrillation) for all Australians and tailored for priority populations;
  • develop resources to support primary care health professionals to deliver better evidence-based early detection and to promote opportunistic point-of-care atrial fibrillation checks;
  • obtain accreditation of training and education resources, where required and obtainable, by relevant professional bodies, for example the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and the Royal Australasian College of Physicians.

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Healthy – Public Health Research

Funder:  Ian Potter Foundation

Grant Background: The health and wellbeing of a population is fundamental for a successful, sustainable and equitable society. Whilst Australia is a global leader in public health, with many successes, there are still many challenges and inequities in health outcomes. A more sustained investment in effective prevention will be of considerable national benefit.

The Ian Potter Foundation is seeking to support outstanding tertiary institutions, medical research institutes or suitably qualified public health organisations which conduct translational public health research.

In assessing this research, the Foundation is particularly interested in the applicant’s plan to involve and support outstanding individuals that will strengthen the public health research workforce, including in the areas of biostatistics, health economics and modelling.

Preference will be given to proposals which are preventive in nature, aspirational in scale and seek to improve health outcomes using public health approaches at the population level.

The Foundation will consider applications for research projects or programs in the following areas:

  • Improving health outcomes for Indigenous Australians
  • Prevention of anxiety, depression and substance abuse in older Australians
  • Prevention of chronic ill health and disease including obesity, cardiovascular diseases and diabetes through the amelioration of common determinants and risk factors.

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Local Domestic and Family Violence Committee Grants

Funder:  NSW – Women

Grant Background: The NSW Government supports the prevention of domestic and family violence at the local level by providing annual grants to Local Domestic and Family Violence Committees across the state. Grants are available for projects that raise awareness about the impacts of domestic and family violence (DFV).

Projects the NSW Government is looking to fund:

  • Projects that reinforce messages about positive behaviours and social norms rejecting violence against women, and collaborations with local organisations, especially men’s-based organisations, groups and schools, in leading efforts for change.
  • Funds can also be used to develop educational and awareness raising resources, print information booklets, promotional brochures and posters about DFV and/or local services.

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COVID-19 Domestic and Family Violence Funding – Tranche 2

Funder:  NSW – Women

Grant Background: The $9 million COVID-19 Domestic and Family Violence Funding – Tranche 2 Grant program aims to support sexual, domestic and family violence services to respond to the challenges posed by COVID-19, including by assisting services to:

  • Adapt service delivery, for example by making service adjustments or modifications to respond to changing client needs or social distancing requirements.
  • Expand service delivery, for example by increasing capacity to deliver more services to more clients.
  • Introduce new services, in accordance with demand arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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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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