$34 million to improve aged care and dementia services
IMPROVED aged care and dementia support services are a step closer after the Federal Government opened the gates to $34 million in funding.
Applications opened this week for the Dementia and Aged Care Services (DACS) Research and Innovation Funding Round.
Assistant Minister for Health and Aged Care Ken Wyatt said $34 million in grants were now being offered to eligible organisations for innovative projects that will support older Australians to access the care they need, where and when they need it.
"This funding will help to identify barriers that restrict access and choice for consumers in the current aged care system and make sure the special needs of consumers from diverse backgrounds are met, both appropriately and sensitively," Minister Wyatt said.
"This includes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or intersex."
Grants will be made available in six priority areas, including:
* support for existing and emerging challenges in dementia;
* better support for services targeting people from diverse backgrounds;
* developments that support innovation in aged care;
* support for activities that focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people;
* capital support for activities that focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people; and
* seed funding for adaptive technology projects so that consumers can stay in their own home.
Minister Wyatt said the projects would help the aged care sector remain flexible and adapt to new needs as Australia's population ages.
"The 2015 Intergenerational Report reveals that the number of people aged 85 years and over will grow to nearly 2 million by 2055.
"The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare also project that by 2050, around 900,000 Australians will have dementia," Minister Wyatt said.
Successful applicants will receive funding for time-limited projects through to June 30, 2019.
Applications for the DACS Research and Innovation Funding Round are currently open and will close on December 20.
For more information, including the eligibility requirements, visit: http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/Listing+of+Tenders+and+Grants-1