Expression of Interest - RACF Priority Grants
May 27, 2021
Over the last 12 months, Darling Downs and West Moreton PHN has had the opportunity to work with RACFs in our region on several activities, including:
- Assisting the coordination of the flu vaccine from May through June 2020 to ensure RACFs were able to quickly meet mandatory requirements to have all residents and staff vaccinated.
- Providing the opportunity for RACFs to have iPads available for residents for telehealth consultations and to ensure they could keep connected with their families during lockdowns as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Partnering with both Darling Downs Health and West Moreton Health to provide training and education webinars to the RACF staff.
- Hosting a very successful Aged Care Symposium with West Moreton Health for RACF staff.
- Connecting all RACFs in the Darling Downs and West Morton regions to assist in the coordination of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout. We are pleased to share that all residents and staff of RACFs will have had the opportunity to receive the two doses required by mid-June.
To respond to the release of the final report of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety and the ongoing need to respond to COVID-19 and other threats of highly contagious infectious conditions, Darling Downs and West Moreton PHN is keen to continue our relationship with RACFs across our region and assist you to address some priority areas.
Our PHN has non-recurrent grants available for up to $10 000 for RACFs who would like to take up the opportunity to make some process improvements over the coming year. If you are interested in receiving this one-off grant payment, please complete Attachment 1 (Agreement) below on or before 30 June 2021, noting the reporting requirements in Attachment 2.
This funding aims to support your facility to respond effectively to one of the following priority areas:
- Improving technology. For example, enhancing connectivity to family and healthcare providers and upskilling staff (technology, clinical, cultural aspects).
- Promoting digital care management systems. For example, use of My Health Record, secure messaging, and integrated electronic medical records (including electronic prescriptions).
- Upskilling workforce in dementia and/or palliative care. For example, training for workers involved in direct contact with residents.
- Infection control. For example, use of PPE, and strengthening clinical and administrative processes for preventing and managing infections.
- Pandemic planning. For example, assistance with planning pandemic responsibilities and mechanisms, and communicating with families and residents.
Please be sure to call Denise Pambid on 07 4615 0941 or Jasmine Siggs or email Jasmine.Siggs@ddwmphn.com.au or Denise.Pambid@ddwmphn.com.au if you have any questions.