Information for Aged Care Providers
26 October 2018

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Australian Government Department of Health: Message to the Aged Care Sector

Information for Aged Care Providers

Issue 2018/19

In this issue:

Home Care:

Macular Disease Foundation Australia digital training tools

The Macular Disease Foundation Australia (MDFA) has developed easy-to-use digital training tools to be used in all Residential Aged Care Facilities (RACFs) to help understand the visual needs of residents. These resources were developed in response to an MDFA study funded by the Australian Department of Health.

Resources for families and staff include:

  • training video and accompanying resource
  • managing eye health and vision loss
  • understanding eye health and vision loss
  • Vision and Eye Healthcare Study report
  • video from the Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care.
These resources are available on the MDFA website.

We encourage all RACFs to read the study report and incorporate these valuable resources into their management systems and staff training programs.

The MDFA will conduct a follow-up survey with RACFs in early 2019 asking for feedback on these resources.

NATSIFAC Program – 2018-19 Home Care Expansion Grants round now open

The 2018-19 Budget announced additional funding of $105.7 million to expand the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flexible Aged Care (NATSIFAC) Program over four years, starting in 2018-19.

This grant opportunity is a competitive process to increase the number of home care places delivered through the NATSIFAC Program in remote and very remote Australia (geographical locations defined as Modified Monash Model 6 and 7). Initial funding up to $46 million is available.

Visit the GrantConnect website for:

  • information about eligibility
  • application forms
  • guidelines
  • FAQs
  • contact details. 

Applications close 2.00pm (AEDT) on Monday, 26 November 2018.

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