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Chronic Disease Integrated Partnership Grants program

The Chronic Disease Integrated Partnership Grants program is a Wellbeing SA initiative to support government, non-government organisations, general practice, Primary Health Networks, Local Health Networks and the community working collaboratively to improve health outcomes and experiences for people living with chronic conditions.

Projects funded by these grants must demonstrate how they will contribute to improved integration and quality healthcare for people living with chronic conditions through a partnership based approach, including by building on existing services, programs and initiatives to further develop or bring these to scale.

The grants program is also able to support projects that seek to test new and innovative strategies, including use of new or emerging technologies, products and processes that support better healthcare integration for people living with a chronic condition.

Round 2 grant recipients - December 2021

Four projects received a total of $240,000 in funding.

‘Healthy Habits 2Go Interprofessional Student Led Clinic’ – Sonder

The project aims to implement an interprofessional, allied health student-led service to improve access to healthy lifestyle services for low income community members who require support for chronic condition management. Sonder will partner with Flinders University and Mission Australia to deliver an evidence based program on healthy lifestyles building on the particular strengths of the partner organisations.

‘Peer to Peer Connection Program for pre-and-post-Transplant Patients’ – Herd of Hope

The project aims to address issues faced by regionally based pre-and-post-transplant recipients, their carers and siblings by establishing peer to peer networks between people in regional areas. By providing access to others who have lived experience and understand the issues, the project will deliver intervention and support for people to achieve better health outcomes. Herd of Hope will partner with Mental Health Partners (MHP), Renal Clinic - Royal Adelaide Hospital, Country SA PHN, Sweetest Gift, Kuchel Contractors, University of South Australia, Donate Life.

‘Disability and Chronic Disease: Primary care and disability service providers engaging to improve health outcomes and minimise hospital presentations’ – Viva Mutual Foundation Ltd

The project has a focus on people living with disability who have a high level of support needs and often have poorer primary care access and outcomes. The project will work with project participants and their GPs to support comprehensive and integrated primary care service delivery to this cohort. Viva Mutual Foundation Ltd will partner with Simple Healthcare Solutions Pty Ltd and Dr Andrew Kellie, East Adelaide Healthcare.

‘Co-developing effective and sustainable engagement strategies to improve healthcare services for Indian-born South Australians with newly-diagnosed Type 2 diabetes’ – The Diabetic Association of South Australia Incorporated

The project has a focus on people newly diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes within the Indian born South Australian population. The project will work in partnership with the Indian community to develop specific materials and referral mechanisms that respond to their cultural and language needs, improving health outcomes for this high risk cohort.

The Diabetic Association of South Australia Incorporated will partner with BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Adelaide, the South Australian Indian Medical Association (SAIMA), Adelaide PHN, Flinders University, Adelaide University, Multicultural Communities of South Australia (MCCSA) and the Indian Australian Association of South Australia.

Round 1 grant recipients - June 2021

Five projects received a total of $260,000 in funding.

‘South Australian extension for community healthcare outcomes (ECHO) program’ - South Australian Postgraduate Medical Education Association (SAPMEA)

The project trains and supports primary care clinicians to develop knowledge and self-efficacy in the delivery of best practice care for complex health conditions, partnering with Local Health Networks and Primary Health Networks and general practice organisations across South Australia.

‘Healthcare navigators: supporting chronic condition self-management for vulnerable people experiencing, or at risk of homelessness’ - Baptist Care SA

The project supports disadvantaged people living with chronic health conditions who are at risk of or experiencing homelessness to access integrated healthcare using nurses as Health Navigators.

Project partners include Nunkunwarrin Yunti, Central Adelaide Local Health Network, Neami National, Royal District Nursing Service, Drug and Alcohol Services SA, University of South Australia, Baptist Care and the Australian Dental Foundation.

‘Someone like me: reducing emergency department presentations through a peer-led model of care’ - Asthma Australia

The project utilises people with lived experience as Asthma Community Connectors to support asthma patients to build confidence in managing their condition as they transition between hospital emergency departments, general practitioners, respiratory health nurses and local pharmacists. It is a partnership between general practice, the Country SA Primary Health Network, Yorke and Northern Local Health Network, Country and Outback Health, respiratory specialists, community members, Regional Development Australia Yorke and Mid North and the Mid North Local Health Cluster.

‘Improving chronic disease outcomes remotely with a nudge – a type 2 diabetes demonstration project’- Diabetes SA

The project introduces an electronic ‘nudge’ via smart phone to reduce evening snacking, with the aim to improve glucose control in people living with Type 2 Diabetes.

This project is a partnership between Diabetes SA, Flinders University and the University of Adelaide.

'2022 SA symposium on supportive care planning in chronic non-malignant diseases’ – Palliative Care SA

The project provides a forum for healthcare professionals working with people with advanced chronic disease to share insights and to promote collaborative care models.

This is a partnership between Palliative Care SA, Central Adelaide Local Health Network.

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