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Back to Culture and Country Youth Leadership programs for youth aged 12 – 25 years. Held in partnership with Ghurrumbil Dreaming.

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Back to Culture and Country Youth Leadership programs for youth aged 12 – 25 years. Held in partnership with Ghurrumbil Dreaming. Contact Information

Annika Olsson
Community Support Manager

02 6662 2898

[email protected]

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Installation and activation of outdoor gym equipment at Lake Cathie Foreshore.

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Installation and activation of outdoor gym equipment at Lake Cathie Foreshore.

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Port Macquarie Hastings Council

(02) 6581 8111

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Kitchen garden and wellbeing space at Lake Cathie Primary School.

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Kitchen garden and wellbeing space at Lake Cathie Primary School. Contact Information

Lake Cathie Primary School

(02) 6584 8060

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Training and rehabilitation equipment at Lake Cathie Medical Complex. A range of services are provided to the community, including individual rehabilitation services, group classes and hydrotherapy sessions.

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Training and rehabilitation equipment at Lake Cathie Medical Complex. A range of services are provided to the community, including individual rehabilitation services, group classes and hydrotherapy sessions. Contact Information

Lake Cathie Medical Complex

(02) 6584 8899

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Trauma Training in partnership with the Rural Fire Service Hastings for first responders to medical emergencies.

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Trauma Training in partnership with the Rural Fire Service Hastings for first responders to medical emergencies. Contact Information

Rural Fire Service Hastings

[email protected]

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The WorryWoos program provides opportunities for children to support their health and wellbeing, increase resilience and identify and manage their own emotions. Lake Cathie Public School, Cowarra Park Preschool & My Place Early Learning Centre were each provided with a WorryWoos Kit.

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The WorryWoos program provides opportunities for children to support their health and wellbeing, increase resilience and identify and manage their own emotions. Lake Cathie Public School, Cowarra Park Preschool & My Place Early Learning Centre were each provided with a WorryWoos Kit. Contact Information

Healthy North Coast

(02) 6618 5400

[email protected]

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Lake Cathie

Community noticeboard installed at Lake Cathie Woolworths Plaza.

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Community noticeboard installed at Lake Cathie Woolworths Plaza. Contact Information

Lake Cathie Community Hub and Garden

(02) 6583 8044

[email protected]

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Establishment of a community hub and garden in Lake Cathie. The hub will offer a range of community programs and link community members to health and wellbeing services.

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Establishment of a community hub and garden in Lake Cathie. The hub will offer a range of community programs and link community members to health and wellbeing services. www.facebook.com/lakecathiehub

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Lake Cathie Community Hub and Garden

(02) 6583 8044

[email protected]

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Implementation of speech pathology and occupational therapy services for preschool and primary school aged children via telehealth. Project partner Royal Far West is delivering services to two preschools in the local community.

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Implementation of speech pathology and occupational therapy services for preschool and primary school aged children via telehealth. Project partner Royal Far West is delivering services to two preschools in the local community. Contact Information

Coviu Global

(02) 8005 2884

[email protected]

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South West Rocks

Funding to establish a community garden in South West Rocks. The community garden will provide a space for intergenerational community activities including gardening, sustainability, cooking and mindfulness.

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Funding to establish a community garden in South West Rocks. The community garden will provide a space for intergenerational community activities including gardening, sustainability, cooking and mindfulness. Contact Information

Port Macquarie Community Garden

[email protected]

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South West Rocks

Pilot project in conjunction with Mid North Coast Local Health District to provide out of hours access to emergency room doctors via a smartphone app. Completed 2019.

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Pilot project in conjunction with Mid North Coast Local Health District to provide out of hours access to emergency room doctors via a smartphone app. Completed 2019. Contact Information

Adam Ulrick, Mid North Coast Local Health District

(02) 6561 2790

[email protected]

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South West Rocks

Website launched in 2019 to support attracting additional GPs and registrars to the community.

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Website launched in 2019 to support attracting additional GPs and registrars to the community. Contact Information

Healthy North Coast

(02) 6618 5400

[email protected]

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South West Rocks

Keystone Health provide a subsidised low-impact exercise and lifestyle program twice weekly, over an eight-week period. Suitable for all levels of fitness and ability.

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Keystone Health provide a subsidised low-impact exercise and lifestyle program twice weekly, over an eight-week period. Suitable for all levels of fitness and ability. Contact Information

Keystone Health

(02) 6562 8999

[email protected]

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A free, weekly, timed 5km walk or run. Open to all community members and visitors. Saturdays, 7am at Horseshoe Bay Reserve. Commenced 2018.

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A free, weekly, timed 5km walk or run. Open to all community members and visitors. Saturdays, 7am at Horseshoe Bay Reserve. Commenced 2018. www.parkrun.com.au/horseshoebayreserve Contact Information

Parkrun

[email protected]

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Two-day suicide prevention training run by Living Works in Woolgoolga delivered 13 – 14 June 2019.

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PCYC Safer Driving Program at Woolgoolga High School delivered in June 2019.

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PCYC Safer Driving Program at Woolgoolga High School delivered in June 2019. Contact Information

Ian Cooke, Woolgoolga High School

[email protected]

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Bi-monthly interagency meeting held at CWA Woolgoolga to improve service coordination and integration. Commenced September 2018.

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Bi-monthly interagency meeting held at CWA Woolgoolga to improve service coordination and integration. Commenced September 2018. Contact Information

Rashmere Bhatti, Woolgoolga Neighbourhood Centre

(02) 6654 1598

[email protected]

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Weekly gardening and nutrition education for older people, children and families at Woopi Community Gardens. Planned commencement 2020.

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Weekly gardening and nutrition education for older people, children and families at Woopi Community Gardens. Planned commencement 2020. Contact Information

Woopi Gardens

[email protected]

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Website and social media for the Neighbourhood Centre including training for volunteers. Completed 2019.

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Website and social media for the Neighbourhood Centre including training for volunteers. Completed 2019. Contact Information

Rashmere Bhatti, Woolgoolga Neighbourhood Centre

(02) 6654 1598

[email protected]

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Men’s health and exercise program including social and peer support for 50+ men in the Indian Sikh Community. Completed April 2019.

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Men’s health and exercise program including social and peer support for 50+ men in the Indian Sikh Community. Completed April 2019. Contact Information

Simon Peutrill, Woolgoolga Personal Training

0418 319 929

[email protected]

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Free monthly community newsletter sharing community information including services, events and activities.

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Free monthly community newsletter sharing community information including services, events and activities. Contact Information

Woolgoolga Chamber of Commerce

[email protected]

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Woolgoolga

Men’s health and exercise program including social and peer support for 40+ men in the community. Commenced January 2019.

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Men’s health and exercise program including social and peer support for 40+ men in the community. Commenced January 2019.

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Nexus Gym Woolgoolga Marty Symmons

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Woolgoolga

Free community activities on offer throughout Healthy Towns Month Woopi led by the Woolgoolga Chamber of Commerce, included a community cook-off, yoga, free exercise classes, health checks and a colour run. May 2019.

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Free community activities on offer throughout Healthy Towns Month Woopi led by the Woolgoolga Chamber of Commerce, included a community cook-off, yoga, free exercise classes, health checks and a colour run. May 2019. Contact Information

Woolgoolga Chamber of Commerce

[email protected]

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Weekly walking group for all fitness levels. All welcome.

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Maclean

Weekly tai chi classes at the Bowling Club. All welcome.

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Weekly tai chi classes at the Bowling Club. All welcome. Contact Information

Northern NSW Local Health District

(02) 6620 7519

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Support for Closing the Gap Day activities coordinated by Bulgarr Ngaru Medical Aboriginal Corporation. May 2019.

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Support for Closing the Gap Day activities coordinated by Bulgarr Ngaru Medical Aboriginal Corporation. May 2019. Contact Information

Nungera Cooperative

(02) 6645 3468

[email protected]

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Support group for family members of people using alcohol and other substances.

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Support group for family members of people using alcohol and other substances. Contact Information

Maclean Community Drug Action Team

(02) 6640 3800

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Community food pantry for Maclean residents.

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Community food pantry for Maclean residents. Contact Information

New School of Arts

(02) 6640 3800

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Mental Health First Aid training for young people at Maclean High School delivered June 2019.

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Mental Health First Aid training for young people at Maclean High School delivered June 2019. Contact Information

headspace Grafton

(02) 6642 1520

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Safe driving courses for young people delivered in March 2019.

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Safe driving courses for young people delivered in March 2019. Contact Information

Maclean High School

(02) 6645 2244

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Contribution to installation and activation of community exercise equipment.

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Contribution to installation and activation of community exercise equipment. Contact Information

Clarence Valley Council

(02) 6643 0200

www.clarence.nsw.gov.au

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Maclean

A camp for young people and Elders to learn about culture, health and wellbeing was held in 2020.

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A camp for young people and Elders to learn about culture, health and wellbeing was held in 2020. Contact Information

Nungera Cooperative

(02) 6645 3468

[email protected]

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A free printed calendar of local programs and events in Maclean published May 2019.

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A free printed calendar of local programs and events in Maclean published May 2019. Contact Information

Clarence Valley Council

(02) 6643 0200

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Funding provided for monthly gatherings at Gulmarrad Community.

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Funding provided for monthly gatherings at Gulmarrad Community.

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Community Facilities for Gulmarrad

[email protected]

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A new drop-in space for young people in Maclean.

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A new drop-in space for young people in Maclean. Contact Information

New School of Arts

(02) 6640 3800

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Installation of a defibrillator that will be accessible to community members in the case of a medical emergency. Delivery of training to community members to ensure they have the skills and knowledge to use the defibrillator if needed. Planned commencement 2020. Contact Information

Community Connector, Mid Richmond Neighbourhood Centre

(02) 6682 4334

[email protected]

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Delivery of mental health first aid training for Evans Head community members to increase skills, knowledge and confidence to support people experiencing mental health issues. Planned commencement 2020. Contact Information

Community Connector, Mid Richmond Neighbourhood Centre

(02) 6682 4334

[email protected]

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Employment of a Community Connector based at the Mid Richmond Neighbourhood Centre. The Community Connector can support community members to access health information and education, as well as facilitating connection to health and social services. The Community Connector also implements a range of local initiatives to improve health and wellbeing.

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Employment of a Community Connector based at the Mid Richmond Neighbourhood Centre. The Community Connector can support community members to access health information and education, as well as facilitating connection to health and social services. The Community Connector also implements a range of local initiatives to improve health and wellbeing.

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Community Connector, Mid Richmond Neighbourhood Centre

(02) 6682 4334

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A community-led transport service for individuals to access medical and health related services.

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A community-led transport service for individuals to access medical and health related services. Contact Information

Jodi Morriss, Coordinator, Richmond Valley Volunteer Health Transport Inc.

02 6662 7940

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Healthy Towns has funded Richmond Valley Council to develop a community resource with maps of walking and cycle tracks.

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Healthy Towns has funded Richmond Valley Council to develop a community resource with maps of walking and cycle tracks. Contact Information

Richmond Valley Council

02 6660 0257

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A free, weekly, timed 5km walk or run. Open to all community members and visitors. Saturdays, 7am at Queen Elizabeth Park, Hartley Street, Casino.

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Outdoor gym equipment installed into Crawford Square, Casino. Free community exercise sessions to support the community to use outdoor gym equipment.

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Cooking and nutrition classes for different age groups at the Oak Centre Community Kitchen. A My Kitchen Rules Casino competition to be held in 2020.

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Cooking and nutrition classes for different age groups at the Oak Centre Community Kitchen. A My Kitchen Rules Casino competition to be held in 2020.

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Annika Olsson
Community Support Manager

0409 877 038
02 6662 2898

[email protected]

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A 10-week series of film-making workshops to develop young peoples’ screenwriting and storytelling skills. The film festival will be an annual cultural event to showcase the creative talents, ideas and stories of young people in Casino.

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A 10-week series of film-making workshops to develop young peoples’ screenwriting and storytelling skills. The film festival will be an annual cultural event to showcase the creative talents, ideas and stories of young people in Casino. Contact Information

Annika Olsson
Community Support Manager

02 6662 2898

[email protected]

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Aged Care Disaster Management Planning

Strategic Priority Area: One team

North Coast is identified as the region most likely to be impacted by climate change in Australia and also forecasted greatest growth in those 65+.

Healthy North Coast takes a lead role in ensuring the older population and the sector that supports them are prepared for, can respond to and recover from disasters and other emergencies.

We have led eight regional disaster management capacity building workshops, bringing together SES, community organisations and the aged care sector.

We have also developed disaster preparedness tip sheets for both residential and community aged care providers.

Voluntary Assisted Dying

Strategic Priority Area: One team

In May 2022, the NSW Parliament passed the Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2022. Effective from Tuesday, 28 November 2023, eligible people have the choice to access voluntary assisted dying. 

Healthy North Coast has developed a webpage for both health professionals and consumers, with links to available information and resources.

Living with Dementia resources

Strategic Priority Area: No one is left behind

Healthy North Coast has worked with people living with dementia, their families and local service providers to develop an information booklet that will help them connect with local and national supports along their journey.

The booklet includes commonly asked questions for people to ask their GP and/or specialist.

The resource is available in digital and printed copies, with more than 5,000 distributed across the region. An e-version is available to clinicians via the Dementia and Cognitive Impairment HealthPathway.

Deteriorating Resident Triage Tool Pilot

Strategic Priority Area: One team

The Deteriorating Resident Response Tool (DRRT) has been developed to guide RN’s in Residential Aged Care homes (RACHs) to better understand, anticipate and make clinical decisions responding to the deteriorating health of residents.

The objective of the DRRT is to give RACH staff clear information to triage and provide appropriate care for a range of residents’ health conditions, and, in turn, prevent unnecessary presentations to ED.

The tool has been designed together with a specialist geriatrician, consulting with stakeholders such as Residential Aged Care Managers, NSW Ambulance, GPs, and experts from Mid and North Coast LHDs.

The pilot commences in March with four participating RACHs. Evaluation measures will include effectiveness in building RN confidence and reported reduction in unnecessary hospitalisations. Findings will inform a future planned, region-wide implementation.

North Coast Care Finders Program

Strategic Priority Area: No one is left behind

The Care Finders program is a free region-wide service to support vulnerable older people who have no-one else to help them, to learn about, apply for and set up support services.

Care finders can help people understand what aged care services are available, set up an assessment, and find and choose services. They also help people with access to other supports in the community, both accessing services for the first time and changing or finding new services and supports.

On the North Coast, Healthy North Coast has commissioned four organisations to provide this important service: EACH, Carexcell, Lifetime Connect and Footprints.

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Psychological services in residential aged care homes

Strategic Priority Area: Improving Lives Now

Healthy North Coast commissions two service providers to deliver psychological therapies and supports for older people with, or at risk of developing, a mental illness and who are living in residential aged care homes (RACHs).

The aim of the program is to both provide direct support to residents and their families and carers, as well as upskill the RACH workforce to respond to the needs of residents presenting with mental health concerns.

Social prescribing (Healthy Me Healthy Community)

Strategic Priority Area: Securing a Healthier Future

Delivered by Feros Care, the Healthy Me, Healthy Community program aims to build individual and community connections to reduce loneliness and improve wellbeing in Port Macquarie.

The program helps people to connect with community, activities, supports and services that address their broader social determinants of health, as an alternative or supplement to a clinical approach.

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Digital Health in Residential Aged Care

Strategic Priority Area: Improving Lives Now

Timely access to primary health care professionals, whether through face-to-face consultation or telehealth, is recognised as an issue for many Residential Aged Care Homes (RACHs), that in some cases can lead to potentially preventable hospitalisations. RACHs require adequate telehealth facilities to support access to virtual consultations for their residents.

Project goals

  • Assist participating RACHs to have appropriate telehealth facilities and equipment to enable their residents to virtually consult when needed with their primary health care professionals, specialists and other clinicians. 
  • Provide training to participating RACH staff to support them to have the capabilities to assist their residents in accessing virtual consultation services.
  • Encourage increased use of My Health Record by RACHs, to improve the availability and secure transfer of resident’s health care information between RACHs, primary care and acute care settings.
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Greater Choice at Home Palliative Care Program

Strategic Priority Area: Improving Lives Now

Aims to provide people who have life limiting conditions the opportunity to exercise choice and receive high quality care at home, harnessing improved and better coordinated supports and services that meet their individual needs.

Program objectives:

  • Improve access to palliative care at home and support end-of-life care systems and services (in primary health care and community care)
  • To enable the right care at the right time and in the right place (to reduce unnecessary hospitalisation)
  • Generate and use data to support continuous improvement of services across sectors
  • Use available technologies to support flexible and responsive palliative care at home, including in the after-hours.

These objectives will contribute to achieving the following intended overarching outcomes of:

  • Improved capacity and responsiveness of services to meet local needs and priorities
  • Improved patient access to quality palliative care services in the home
  • Improved coordination of care for patients across health care providers and integration of palliative care services in their region.

Education & training funding elibility

Funding is open to all primary care providers within disaster affected communities across the Healthy North Coast footprint.

Workforce Locum support and R&R funding criteria

  • Available to primary care services in disaster impacted communities within the Healthy North Coast footprint.
  • Available to support short-term workforce coverage, allowing clinicians to rest and recover.
  • Workforce-support funding in total is capped for each site, over a 12-month period:
    • $10k for GPs and/or
    • $5K for nursing and/or
    • $5k administration support and/or
    • $5K allied/pharmacy and other.
  • Funding is not to be used to fill gaps in staffing that have not been able to recruit to and not to replace existing staff.
  • Healthy North Coast will assess requirements and approve available funding directly with the service requesting support.
  • Priority will be given to sites that have immediate, short-term workforce support needs.
  • Requests will be reviewed and supported on a case-by-case basis.
  • Program funding administered via RCTI Agreement (Recipient Created Tax Invoice) to be paid monthly, or on completion of the placement (whichever comes first).
  • Practices will be required to complete a request for payment form monthly, or on completion of the placement (whichever occurs first).

Wellbeing Flexible Funding Criteria & Eligibility

  • Open to all primary care providers within disaster affected communities across the Healthy North Coast footprint.
  • Activity must be purposeful, with the aim of increasing the wellbeing of your team.
  • Requests will be assessed on a case-by-case basis, with funding allocated based on team size.*
  • Following approval by Healthy North Coast, funding will be administered via RCTI Agreement (Recipient Created Tax Invoice) upon providing proof of expenses.
  • Funding cannot be used for the purchase of alcohol, or any other goods or services where the vendor cannot quote their Australian Business Number.
  • Planned activities must occur prior to 30th June 2024.
  • Funding will not be available for retrospective activities.
*Team Size
(Total staff and contractors)
Funding Available
Small (1-5)$500-$1500
Medium (6-20)$1500-$4000
Large (>20)$4000-$5000