Healthy Ageing Grants Review

A report into the reach and focus of the Aged Care Service Improvement and Healthy Ageing Grants (ACSIHAG) Program has been released today.

 

The review examined 158 projects worth $87 million funded between 2011 and 2017 and will assist aged care service providers to better target and manage their programs to ensure they are sustainable and reflect best practice.

 

Minister for Aged Care, Ken Wyatt said evaluation was a key component of the Australian Government’s aged care reforms and the report highlighted what had been most effective and what lessons could be taken away to support continued improvements in the system.

 

“These grants can benefit all Australians accessing the aged care system by strengthening the sector’s ability to respond to existing and emerging challenges,” Mr Wyatt said.

 

“We need to continue to invest in integrated and innovative aged care, not only in metropolitan areas, but also in rural, regional and remote communities where more than half of the ACSIHAG funding was provided.

 

“Through the projects, more than 131 resources including education and training materials for care givers were developed, to support high-quality aged care.”

 

The ACSIHAG fund has been replaced by the Dementia and Aged Care Services (DACS) fund.

 

The report is at https://agedcare.health.gov.au/funding/dementia-and-aged-care-services-fund-dacs/aged-care-service-improvement-and-healthy-ageing-grant-acsihag-program-key-learnings-document

 

7 May 2018.