Aged Care Service Improvement and Healthy Ageing Grants (ACSIHAG) results

Page last updated: 03 April 2017

Aged Care Service Improvement and Healthy Ageing Grants - Providers that have been offered funding

Organisation Legal Name

Name of project /service

Description of funded activity


Funding amount

Advocare Incorporated

Support Packs for Families whose loved one is entering Residential Aged Care

The Support Packs for Families are used as part of the orientation process and provide family members and carers with information about what they can expect from aged care.

WA - organisation based in Belmont, WA


Aged & Community Services NSW & ACT

Capacity building for small aged care funded organisations in regional and rural NSW & ACT

This project aims to build the capacity of smaller aged care services to deliver high quality consumer focused care in communities across regional and rural NSW and ACT.

NSW & ACT - Organisation based in Rhodes, NSW


Aged and Community Services SA &NT Inc

Supporting capacity building within Regional, Rural and Remote (RRR) aged care providers in South Australia and the Northern Territory to assist them to meet the changing demands of the industry.

This project would co-ordinate forums and training events where service providers can be equipped and prepared for the current aged care reforms.

SA & NT - Organisation based in Fullarton, SA


Aged Care & Housing Group Inc

Tailor Made, Good Practice model for respite services for people with younger onset dementia and their families

This project will work with younger people living with dementia and their families to co-design, trial, evaluate and share the learning of a tailor-made good practice respite model to meet the needs of younger people living with dementia, spanning community and residential respite services.

SA - corporate office is at Mile End, SA


Aged Care & Housing Group Inc

Muslim Community - A CALD Partnership Model

This project will design test and evaluate a CALD partnership model with the South Australian Muslim Community.

SA - corporate office is at Mile End, SA


Aged Care & Housing Group Inc

Good Health Transitions Program

This project will develop, trial and evaluate a reablement programme for frail older people living in the community.

SA - corporate office is at Mile End, SA


Alzheimer's Australia Inc

Making Flexible Respite Care a Practical Reality

This project aims to promote flexible respite services within existing funded aged care services and to develop models for individualised funding.

Nationwide - national office in Scullin, ACT


Alzheimer's Australia Inc

Supporting GPs and practice nurses in the timely diagnosis of dementia

This project will respond to the Government's priority on improving timely diagnosis of dementia by delivering accredited continuing professional development training on dementia assessment, diagnosis and management to 6000 GPs and 2,500 practice nurses throughout Australia.

Nationwide - national office in Scullin, ACT


Alzheimer's Australia NSW

Insights into the Hospital Dementia Experience (Dementia Experiential Learning Guide & Facilitators Toolkit for Hospital and MPS care settings)

This project will build a dementia specific experiential learning program and toolkit for hospital educators to deliver to staff within the hospital setting and pilot a minimum of six train the trainer workshops with metropolitan, regional and rural areas.

Nationwide - organisation based in North Ryde, NSW


Alzheimers Australia SA Incorporated

Bridging the cultural gap - an smartphone app to support the provision of culturally sensitive care in dementia

This project will develop and disseminate an app for smartphones that will support the provision of culturally sensitive care in dementia.

Nationwide (organisation based in Glenside, SA)


Anglican Aged Care Services Group

Frailty in community dwelling older people - using frailty screening as the canary in the coal mine

This project offers a simple screening tool to detect frailty in older people in the community and then provides a pathway to early intervention to maximise the person's independence and return to functional capacity.

Victoria - organisation based in Hawthorn, VIC


Australian Association of Gerontology Limited

Healthy Ageing Project

This project aims to empower the lives of older people who are experiencing social isolation and exclusion due to increasing frailty, chronic disease and disability.

Nationwide - based in St Kilda, Victoria


Australian Regional and Remote Community Services Limited

Tjilpi Pampaku Ngura Flexible Aged Care - Staff Housing

This project will see the construction of an additional four self-contained single bedroom units for staff accommodation at Tjilpi Pampaku Ngura Flexible Aged Care in Docker River. This will increase available staff on site to eleven, and allow two staff to move from the aged care facility to free the accommodation for additional residents.

Simpson, NT


Cardwell Care Incorporated

Purchase of Equipment and Furniture for Extension to Ageing in Place and Dementia Facility and building of Storeroom

This project is for a facility that is providing 10 'new' and 6 refurbished rooms - Ageing in Place and Dementia rooms.

Cardwell, QLD (Far North Queensland)


Carer Support & Respite Centre Inc

It's your Life' - Adelaide Dementia Information and Support Program

The Program aims to deliver a range of targeted activities and education sessions to people living with Dementia and their carers.



CareWest Ltd

Social and community links - a driver of healthy and active ageing.

The project will work in partnership with Charles Sturt University, with older people and with mainstream community services and facility providers to identify and reduce isolations barriers for older people and strengthen their social and community connections.

Central West NSW - head office in Orange, NSW


Centacare Managers Inc

Recovery Approaches to Dementia 'RAD'

RAD will be an innovative sustainable Recovery model of care that will positively affect the Dementia sufferers and their carers (DSC) by developing: preventative selected interventions with and for DSC; a universal intervention via the provision of fortnightly Recovery, Education and Support Groups; and flexible service provision.

Riverina, Murray - head office in Wagga Wagga


Chinese Community Social Services Centre Inc

Active and fulfilling ageing for Chinese-speaking seniors

This project will be comprised of an active learning programme, an active community participation programme, a life coach programme, and a championship programme.

Melbourne - various locations


Churches of Christ Community Care (Living Care Home Care Services Maitland)

Living Care Living Carers Group - Supporting Carers of the Aged in the Community

The project aims to implement a Living Care Living Carers Group - supporting carers of the aged in the community. The main focus of this group will be to provide support to people caring for aged people in the Living Care community.

Maitland, NSW


Churches of Christ Property Trust

The Glow Yoga Carers Project

The project will provide a weekly Glow Yoga class for family members who are caring for the frail aged within the community, and will facilitate networks among carers that will promote information sharing, provide carers with an opportunity to meet their own needs, and to reduce social isolation

Wingecarribee, Southern Highlands NSW


Co As It Community Services Inc

Avoiding Carer Fatigue

This project will address the diverse needs of carers & create & deliver support services that will promote self-care, respite & resources to meet the physical, emotional & social wellbeing challenges of carers.

Organisation based in Albion, QLD


CommunityWest Incorporated

Co-production Approaches to Wellness and Enablement

This project will include two stages: the first a pilot to explore and define the framework for wellness and enablement in home support services; and the second, the development of resources for consumers, carers and organisations, including peer education, communities of practice, website resources and conference presentations.

Nationwide (org based in Woodvale WA)


COTA Australia Ltd

Consumer Engagement for healthy and active ageing - co-design, co-production and cooperation

This project seeks to give older Australians a voice in controlling and managing their lives as they age, allowing them to maintain a strong and guided influence in the delivery and use of aged care services.

Nationwide - organisation based in Adelaide


COTA Australia Ltd

Extension of Home Care Today - building the capabilities of consumers and providers to successfully implement consumer directed home care services.

This application seeks to build on the established HCT Resource Hub to deliver information, learning opportunities, toolkits and examples of successful consumer directed care implementation to consumers and providers across Australia.

Nationwide - organisation based in Adelaide


East Arnhem Regional Council

Angurugu aged care facility enclosure

Mungkadinamanja flexible aged care service has recently commenced overnight respite. As the community of Angurugu, in which it is located, is a potentially volatile community East Arnhem Regional Council is requesting funding to facilitate the enclosure of the residential end of the facility to ensure the security of staff and clients during the night when they are most at risk.

East Arnhem


East Arnhem Regional Council

Ramingining Aged Care Facility Upgrade

This proposal from the East Arnhem Regional Council is for an upgrade to the remote Ramingining aged care facility.

East Arnhem


East Arnhem Regional Council

Gapuwiyak Aged care Facility Upgrade

This proposal from the East Arnhem Regional Council is for an upgrade and maintenance work on the Gapuwiyak aged care facility. This project will assist the council in continuing to provide aged care in this remote region.

East Arnhem


General Practice Training Tasmania Inc.

Dementia Care Training and Education Program (DCTEP

This project involves the delivery of tailored training in dementia care, primarily to overseas trained doctors. Practice nurses in dementia care settings across Tasmania will also be targeted.

Tasmania - organisation based in Hobart


Great Lakes Council

Healthy Carers Project

Proposed strategies of this project include; engaging an Occupational Therapist to develop a Healthy Carer Individual Risk Management Plan to support carers and identify needs;  linking the carer to a range of Ageing and Disability Services activities and technology programs;  enhance partnerships with Alzheimer's Australia link into carers programs, and  link carers to counselling and other services.

Mid-North Coast, NSW


Great Southern Institute of Technology

Caring for Carers

This project will deliver 6 workshops in regional communities of Western Australian to provide carers with information on available services and how to access them and to provide carers with information to support them in their caring roles.

Great Southern Region of WA


Greek Orthodox Community of St George Brisbane

Mazi  (meaning together) Project

 This Project will focus on three activities to improve the skills and knowledge of carers of older CALD persons, especially in response to the specific carer needs within targeted CALD communities of Greek, Lebanese, Arabic and Russian. 

Brisbane, Gold Coast, Logan, Ipswich, Toowoomba, Sunshine Coast - organisation based in South Brisbane


Guide Dogs for the Blind Association of Queensland

Carers' Educational Workshops and Counselling Support

The rehabilitation counselling provides support and resources for carers to help them remain in control and make the care process more manageable. Caring for a blind or vision impaired Senior can be a lonely and frustrating job at times.

QLD - Brisbane, Ipswich, Gold Coast, Toowoomba, Sunshine Coast, Bundaberg, Hervey Bay, Gladstone, Rockhampton, Mackay, Townsville, Cairns and Atherton Tablelands, Mount Isa and Kingaroy


Halls Creek Peoples Church Incorporated

Upgrade of Facility and Equipment to better suit the needs of residents

Upgrade equipment of the residents (including:  beds, mattresses, wheel chairs, footstools, bed tables, princess chairs, commode showers, air cons, gas heaters, solar hot water heaters and lifters).  The other funds are to be used for re-painting the facility, improving lifestyle services and upgrading the kitchen equipment.

Halls Creek, WA



Arts on Prescription' - the use of participatory arts in promoting healthy and active ageing

This program will involve two sessions per week (each 90-120 minutes long) where groups of six participants are actively involved in both the appreciation and creation of art in a variety of forms, including the visual arts (painting, sculpture, textiles etc.) and performing arts (music, movement etc).  

Liverpool/Bankstown and North Turramurra - head office at Kent St, Sydney



Dementia Dogs - Implementing an assistance dogs model for people with dementia and their carers, living in the community.

Implementing an assistance dogs model for people with dementia and their carers, living in the community.   The pilot will bring together 8 dogs with 8 carers of people living with dementia.

Melbourne, Sydney - head office at Kent St, Sydney


Helping Hand Aged Care Inc

Improving cognitive and functional capacity older people in residential aged care through an exercise prescription approach

This project aims to improve the cognitive and functional capacity of residential clients with dementia through a formal exercise physiologists (EP) intervention plan. This will be achieved by exploring the impact of targeted, specific EP interventions on those with dementia or chronic health conditions;  design pathways to integrate EP interventions, including through referral mechanisms, exercise prescription and development of care staff role;  develop a model for sustainability and up-scaling of these practices in aged care; and  promote the model in the sector.

Adelaide, Barossa/Yorke - SA


Injilinji Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Corp For Children & Youth Services

Supporting Residents in Community Participation & Inclusion

The aim of this project is to provide funds for the purchase of a new vehicle, equipment for the aged care facility (medical equipment such as Princess Tilt bed/chair and hospital type beds and mattresses;  furniture such as circular dining room suite; recreational 3 seater lounge with accompanying two single lounge chairs), and painting of the aged care facility.

Mt Isa, QLD


La Trobe University

Advancing practice in the care of people with dementia, the Dementia Training Study Centres (DTSC) national practice improvement program.

This project will deliver a program of education and support to aged care providers to facilitate knowledge transfer and practice improvement in the care of people with dementia in four critical care areas: Environmental design, Sexuality and dementia, Medication management, Responding to behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD).

Nationwide - organisation based in Melbourne


Latrobe Community Health Service Inc

The CARE (Carer Awareness, Respite and Education) Program

This project aims to reduce the premature movement into permanent care of people with dementia and the frail aged, by addressing carer fatigue and building carer resilience. The project proposes to conduct education and peer support groups delivered over six weeks at three programme sites (Morwell, Traralgon and Moe). These will include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander specific groups, and groups for carers from culturally and linguistically different backgrounds. Two aged care community forums are also planned for the Latrobe region to disseminate information about the My Aged Care programme; and other activities including linking carers to existing respite events additionally comprise the project.

Latrobe valley - Gippsland, VIC


Macular Disease Foundation Australia

Eye Health and Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) - A Guide for Residential Aged Care Facilities

Eye Health and Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) - A Guide for Residential Aged Care Facilities.

Nationwide - organisation based in Kent St, Sydney


This project will be a collaboration between Macular Disease Foundation Australia (MDFA) and Cook Care Group Pty Ltd (Cook Care) to reduce the incidence and impact of vision loss associated with Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) in residential aged care facilities in Australia.

Monash University

Improving injury prevention for residents living in aged care services

This project aims to improve the quality of life of vulnerable older people living in Residential Aged Care Services (RACS) throughout Australia by addressing the gaps in knowledge and skills gaps that continue to allow the preventable harm.

Nationwide - based in Melbourne


The  project will be a new program of translational research using outcomes from medico-legal death investigations in RACS.

Multicultural Centre for Women's Health Inc

Dealing with it myself. Multilingual education and support for CALD working carers

This project aims to support working carers from CALD communities to manage their multiple responsibilities, combining paid work with caring for elderly parents and family members. The project will improve the physical health, psychological well-being and social connectedness of CALD working carers through the development and broad dissemination of tailored resource kits, the delivery of peer education sessions, and the establishment of ongoing working carer support networks.

Victoria (organisation based in Collingwood, VIC)


Multicultural Communities Council of Illawarra Incorporated

Illawarra - Shoalhaven Carers Support program for CALD communities

This project aims to establish specific carer support groups facilitated in languages other than English that will improve carers' awareness of referral and resource pathways and government programmes, with particular focus on dementia care support and services.



Music Broadcasting Society of Queensland Limited

Silver Memories Nostalgia Radio Service into Bundaberg

The project involves a 12 month trial broadcasting the Silver Memories radio service into 6 not-for-profit aged care homes in Bundaberg, Qld (616 residents including 88 in secure dementia units). The Silver Memories radio service is a 24/7 nostalgia radio station that plays music from the 1920s to 50s, including old radio serials. Silver Memories has been used in aged care services as a non-pharmacological tool to address wandering and agitation in older people with dementia.

Bundaberg, QLD


Nganampa Health Council Inc

Capital Works Upgrade Tjilpiku Pampaku Ngura

This project will use funding to complete a major capital works upgrade for Tjilpiku Pampaku Ngura (TPN), an Indigenous flexible aged care facility located in Ernabella (Pukatja) community on the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands in remote SA. TPN provides respite and residential aged care for Anangu over 50 years of age who reside in the APY Lands region. The upgrade is required to address the insufficient space, increase bed numbers and address the many OH&S issues due to space constraints and deteriorating infrastructure.

APY Lands - remote SA


Northern Peninsula Area Regional Council

Mobilizing Northern Peninsula Area Aged Care Clients

Project funds will purchase vital equipment, including mobility aids, to help enable aged care clients from across the Northern Peninsula Area (NPA) to participate in Aged Care Centre based activities, outings, appointments and to provide assistance during transport to Thursday Island, Cairns or Brisbane for medical appointments and/or treatment.   Some equipment will be based at the centre and some available for free client home use.

Northern Peninsula (Cape York Peninsula), Far North Queensland


Pastoral and Spiritual Care of Older People (PASCOP) Incorporated

The Australian National Guidelines for Spiritual Care in Aged Care Project

The project aims to develop and evaluate National Spiritual Care Guidelines that can be used in residential care and home care settings to provide spiritual care and support to older people and their families/representatives.  The guidelines will have applicability for a range of users including pastoral care workers, staff, volunteers and health professionals.

nationwide - organisation based in Parkville, VIC


Queensland University of Technology

CogChamps Using Cognition Champions to embed a new model of care for hospitalised older patients with cognitive impairment.

The project targets delirium in older people with dementia in the acute hospital setting. The aim is to increase identification and assessment of delirium and dementia, decrease development of delirium and its duration on any onset, and embed appropriate practices into hospital procedures.



Royal District Nursing Service Limited

Promoting inclusive health care - Implementing a framework to support diversity in aged care

The project proposes to develop and deliver a Diversity Education Program for community aged care workers, based on the World Health Organisation standards for equity in healthcare and incorporating the organisation’s proprietary Diversity Conceptual Model.

nationwide - head office is in St Kilda, Victoria


Senses Australia

Ending the Isolation

This project will assist those working in the aged care sector to identify when an individual has a combination of a vision and hearing impairment with whom they are working, and to provide education and resources to these workers, to minimise the impact of this isolating disability on this growing population.  Resources will be developed to raise the awareness of combined vision and hearing impairment in the elderly and provide support and education to those who have been identified via aged care workers, and resources will be available online. 

Nationwide - organisation based in Burswood WA


Southern Adelaide Local Health Network Incorporated

Establishing an Antimicrobial Stewardship Program in Residential Aged Care Facility

This project will establish an antimicrobial stewardship program in a residential aged care facility, and will be implemented in partnership with Southern Cross Care (SA & NT) Incorporated.  It will trial the program in a single facility by establishing a team comprising a lead nurse, pharmacists, consultant physician in infectious diseases and a general practitioner to manage antimicrobial prescribing treatments, and will audit, educate and evaluate results from the surveillance of resistance and sensitivity patterns in cultures collected from residents.

Adelaide South


Southern NSW Local Health District

A person centred volunteer program to improve the care and outcomes for older people with dementia and/or delirium in acute settings

This project aims to recruit and train volunteers to provide one-to-one practical assistance and emotional support for people with dementia and/or delirium admitted to rural and regional hospitals. Expanding a pilot volunteer program at Bega Hospital, the project will replicate the program across 7 Southern NSW Local Health District hospitals. ACSIHAG funds will support the rollout by employing project officers at each site to establish the program and support volunteers during implementation.  After the program is embedded, ongoing support and volunteer coordination will be assumed by the LHD. The Volunteer Program offers significant potential savings for the acute care setting and significant benefits to patients with dementia and their carers. Since this model of care is replicable, sustainable and low cost, it could be adapted across various healthcare settings and geographical environments to improve the care of people with dementia in hospital.

Moruya, Batemans Bay, Goulburn, Crookwell, Yass, Cooma, Queanbeyan - Chief Executive based in Queanbeyan


St John Ambulance Australia South Australia Inc

Flourishing Life Project - Living a life of value in old age

This project aims to empower the lives of older people who are experiencing social isolation and exclusion due to increasing frailty, chronic disease and disability.



Suncare Community Services Inc

Carers Rock with Suncare

This project will support and empower carers of elderly Queenslanders and carers who themselves are elderly.  This will occur through a concurrent and carer-targeted, four-phase strategy implementation over the three-year funding period.

Brisbane, Sunshine Coast - head office on the Sunshine Coast


The Chermside & District Senior Citizens Centre Inc

Muscling-up against disability in older adults with home care packages - Implementing an evidence-based progressive resistance training service model of care.

This project will evaluate evidence-based Progressive Resistance Training (PRT) as a service delivery option for community-dwelling older adults with home care packages. This will be done via a scientifically designed and controlled research study with a randomly selected group of target participants. Program delivery will run in conjunction with community and allied health marketing to raise consumer and provider awareness. A procedure manual will be developed. Results of the project will be presented at national and international conferences and manuscripts submitted for publication in peer-reviewed journals.

Brisbane, Moreton Bay - org based in Chermside, QLD


The Flinders University of South Australia

Developing the multicultural workforce to improve the quality of care for residents.

With the ageing of multicultural Australia, a growing number of residents in residential aged care are from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and have diverse care needs. Similarly, the workforce is increasingly diverse posing both challenges and opportunities for quality care for residents. This project will work with staff at four sites to develop and implement a multicultural workforce development model and training package to support implementation of the model to provide culturally appropriate high quality care to residents.

Adelaide and south east South Australia


The University of Queensland

Early needs identification of aged care clients in acute care

The proposal will create an early warning and response system for all older patients who are admitted to acute care, thus integrating case finding and good aged care practice into the program of general care.

QLD and VIC - organisation based in St Lucia, QLD


Umoona Aged Care Aboriginal Corp

Purchase of a JCB G90QX Three Phase Diesel Generator for back up power supply at Umoona Aged Care residential facility.

The applicant has requested a one-off capital grant in 2015 to install a backup diesel generator, which is cited to be independent of Coober Pedy electrical supply and potential/ occasional power outages. The applicant is a client of the DSS National ATSI Flexible Aged Care Programme, and cites 15 Elders accommodated on a permanent basis at the centre (and increasing nursing equipment / security / fire / cooking backup need). The facility is also cited as including a day centre for community clients and family/ carers visiting for laundry and amenities. The facility also includes the corporation main offices.

Coober Pedy


Umoona Aged Care Aboriginal Corp

Resident accommodation accessibility - resident doorway upgrade

The activity is a one off grant to install two new doors at the Centre in 2015, following a similar one-off grant in previous year to install two doors. Claims are made for two aged Elders improved ingress/ egress from Accommodation rooms 1 and 2, and to support fire standards and staff WHS.

Coober Pedy


Umoona Aged Care Aboriginal Corp

Umoona Aged Care Facility - car park upgrade

This project  proposes to  provide services  to aged Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and people living in remote areas. This will be achieved  with the building of a separate covered, secure staff carpark, in order to ease current general carparking and client access.

Coober Pedy


University of the Sunshine Coast

Care Coordination through Emergency Department, Residential Aged Care and Primary Health Collaboration (CEDRiC)

The aim of tjos project is to strengthen the capacity of the aged care sector to deliver high quality aged care, to improve care for older adults in the ED and improve interaction between the RACF and both primary and secondary healthcare sectors.

Sunshine Coast


Wami Kata Old Folks Home Inc

Special Equipment Purchases to meet resident needs

The project is requesting funds for the purchase of care equipment needed to ensure that continued quality care services provided to residents remains high.  These items include specialized air mattresses and covers used to prevent pressure area wounds, wheelchairs, shower/commode chairs and power recliners for all residents with mobility difficulties in the sitting room. 

Port Augusta


Wami Kata Old Folks Home Inc

Provide support services to people working in Aboriginal Aged Care populations

This project will see provision of information on cultural care practices and safety, values and beliefs, and customs related to death and dying delivered to registered and enrolled nurses, overseas trained nurses, aged care and other TAFE SA students and medical and allied health students with learning placements at Wami Kata and Pika Wiya Aboriginal Health Service. Under the project, staff will be further trained in the areas of mentoring and supervising, and will  develop a program to be delivered to other aged care providers who have Aboriginal people in their care.

Port Augusta


Willoughby City Council

Time to Grow

Time to Grow will use a garden share model to encourage social cohesion, reduce social isolation and promote healthy ageing. The project will build on the unique and changing demographics of Willoughby LGA, matching volunteers from our newly developed high density accommodation with our more established older long term residents who live in separate dwellings with gardens they struggle to maintain and use.

NSW - Chatswood, Artarmon, Lane Cove, St Leonards, Naremburn, Willoughby, Castle Cove, Northbridge