Workforce Support
and Wellbeing Program

Round 2 Grant Funding Closing Soon

Local primary healthcare services are invited to submit application for round 2 grant funding under the Workforce Support and Wellbeing program, part of Healthy North Coast’s disaster recovery response.

The program has been designed with local clinicians and aims to:

  • Provide rest and relief for healthcare professionals through workforce surge support resourcing.
  • Promote resilience and opportunities for debriefing among teams through wellbeing support initiatives.
  • Build individual capacity to respond to patient needs through education and coaching offerings.

In 2023, more than 1,600 clinicians and frontline support staff benefitted from the round 1 grant funding, ensuring local primary care services could recover, rebuild and stay open to support disaster-affected communities.

This program offers relief, rest and assistance to the health workforce in this region, while still enabling our businesses to service the community.

Wellbeing

Looking after yourself and your team following a disaster event is an important part of the recovery process. Following feedback and consultation with local services, a program offering has been developed to support teams and individuals. The offers include:
  • Flexible funding to support team wellbeing
  • Access to Healthy North Coast’s Employee Assistance Program

Funding to support team wellbeing


  • Applications now closed

Employee Assistance Program

  • Extended to all primary care services in our region
  • Learn about AccessEAP
  • Applications open until 30 June 2024
  • Encourages early intervention
  • Program aims to increase individual resilience
  • *Mention Healthy North Coast

Education and Training

Education and training have an important role in helping individuals and practices to provide effective support to disaster-affected communities. Resilient communities will be critical in an uncertain future of ‘accelerated’ climate change. 

Healthy North Coast’s Workforce Support and Wellbeing Program recognises that every individual has different education and training needs and capacities. 

What's on offer?

Health care service providers can submit a simple application for funding self-identified/self-directed education that will improve knowledge in trauma-informed care.

For a range of course offerings in trauma-related mental health and wellbeing, see Phoenix Australia, the Australian National Centre of Excellence in Post Traumatic Mental Health.  

Funding for education & training

  • Simple application process
  • Applications open until 30 June 2024
  • Limited funding available

Workforce Locum Support and R&R

Recognising the ongoing importance of supporting the local workforce to continue to rest and recover, a workforce support offering has been included. This is to allow any individual (GPs, nurses, administrators or allied health professionals) to have a break, and take their leave, knowing there will be cover while they are away.

Practices are encouraged to seek local workforce support options where available, with local clinicians having an enhanced understanding of local pathways and services.

What's on offer?

A practice support payment is available when a practice identifies their own workforce support solution, e.g. identifies a clinician or administrator to support the specific requirements. The identified person must not be a part of the existing staffing team or contracting profile.

Funding for workforce Locum support & R&R


  • Applications now closed

Disaster Ready Primary Care Program and ERPT

To further support and enhance the Primary Care workforce’s resilience and preparedness for future disaster shocks and stresses, Healthy North Coast has partnered with ResilientCo to deliver a series of in-person disaster capacity building workshops.

These interactive workshops will support our local primary health care system, providing practical outputs for attendees through facilitated business continuity planning, a shared understanding of state mandated arrangements as they relate to primary care, an overview of what’s been developed and implemented locally in response to the 2022 events, and international best practice preparedness testing through a disaster scenario exercise.

What's on offer?

The workshops are open to all primary care workforce across our region and will be run at various locations throughout the Mid North and Far North Coast footprint, ensuring appropriate geographic reach.

The workshops will be held from 7am-10:30am at the following dates and locations.  

Places are limited, please select your location below to register for a workshop.    

As part of our ongoing commitment to primary care disaster preparedness, we are offering reimbursement for the purchase of a new ERPT annual license or ERPT purchased from January 2024 onwards.  

We encourage you to utilise this opportunity to update your practice’s emergency response plan. 

Funding is limited, submit your request for your ERPT reimbursement using our online form.

Reimbursement
for ERPT license

  • Simple application process
  • Applications open until 30 June 2024
  • Limited funding available

Offer 1

Trauma-informed organisations:
Supporting community after disaster

Offer 2

Screening for
PTSD
  • 2.5 hour face-to-face clinical society meeting with dinner
  • 6.00pm - 8.30pm
  • Tweed Valley - 21 Nov 2022
    Lismore, Casino & Kyogle – 22 Nov 2022
    Ballina & Byron – 28 Nov 2022
    Clarence Valley – 6 Dec 2022
  • Learn more and register below

Offer 1

Flexible funding
to support team wellbeing
  • Flexible funding for team wellbeing activities
  • Simple application process
    (click 'More' for criteria information)
  • Available up until 30 June 2023
  • Limited funding available

Offer 2

Trauma-informed care
for flood-affected teams 
  • Two-session face-to-face program. Book a separate session for your entire team
  • 10 and 24th November 2022 3-7pm (dinner 6-7pm) Lismore
  • 9 and 23rd February 2023 3-7pm (dinner 6-7pm) Mullumbimby
  • Presented by Michaela Killips Pyschologist, Mullumbimby

Offer 3

Introduction to trauma-informed care for gp/primary health care practices
  • Two-hour face-to-face workshop Presented by Phoenix Australia
  • 18 January 2023
    10 — 1pm (including lunch)
    Lismore
  • 28 February 2023
    6-8.30pm (Including dinner) Kingscliff

Offer 4

Supporting individuals
after disaster (SID)
  • 90-minute self-paced online training resource
  • Free program
  • Developed by Phoenix Australia

Offer 1

Flexible funding
to support team wellbeing
  • Flexible funding for team wellbeing activities
  • Simple application process
    (click 'More' for criteria information)
  • Available up until 30 June 2023
  • Limited funding available

Offer 2

Trauma-informed care
for flood-affected teams 
  • Two-session face-to-face program. Book a separate session for your entire team
  • 10 and 24th November 2022 3-7pm (dinner 6-7pm) Lismore
  • 9 and 23rd February 2023 3-7pm (dinner 6-7pm) Mullumbimby
  • Presented by Michaela Killips Pyschologist, Mullumbimby

Offer 3

Introduction to trauma-informed care for gp/primary health care practices
  • Two-hour face-to-face workshop Presented by Phoenix Australia
  • 18 January 2023
    10 — 1pm (including lunch)
    Lismore
  • 28 February 2023
    6-8.30pm (Including dinner) Kingscliff

Offer 4

Supporting individuals
after disaster (SID)
  • 90-minute self-paced online training resource
  • Free program
  • Developed by Phoenix Australia

Offer 1

Flexible funding
to support team wellbeing
  • Flexible funding for team wellbeing activities
  • Simple application process
    (click 'More' for criteria information)
  • Available up until 30 June 2023
  • Limited funding available

Offer 2

Trauma-informed care
for flood-affected teams 
  • Two-session face-to-face program. Book a separate session for your entire team
  • 10 and 24th November 2022 3-7pm (dinner 6-7pm) Lismore
  • 9 and 23rd February 2023 3-7pm (dinner 6-7pm) Mullumbimby
  • Presented by Michaela Killips Pyschologist, Mullumbimby

Offer 3

Introduction to trauma-informed care for gp/primary health care practices
  • Two-hour face-to-face workshop Presented by Phoenix Australia
  • 18 January 2023
    10 — 1pm (including lunch)
    Lismore
  • 28 February 2023
    6-8.30pm (Including dinner) Kingscliff

Offer 4

Supporting individuals
after disaster (SID)
  • 90-minute self-paced online training resource
  • Free program
  • Developed by Phoenix Australia

Workforce Support and Wellbeing Program -
NOW OPEN

Healthy North Coast is pleased to announce the opening of the second round of grant funding under the Workforce Support and Wellbeing program.

The program has been designed by local clinicians, for local clinicians, bringing together key elements that are needed to assist primary care teams in preparation for and through a disaster recovery period. 

The program aims to:

  • Provide rest and relief for overworked healthcare professionals through workforce surge support resourcing. 
  • Promote resilience and opportunities for debriefing among teams through wellbeing support initiatives. 
  • Build individual capacity to respond to patient needs through education and coaching offerings.  

The successful first round of the Workforce and Wellbeing Program assisted over 1600 clinicians and frontline support staff, ensuring local primary care services could recover, rebuild and stay open to support disaster affected communities.

What's on offer?

The Workforce and Wellbeing program comprises 4 key initiatives: