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Tuesday, 24 June 2003
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Ms Hoare asked the Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing, upon notice, on 19 March 2003:

(1) Does the Minister's Department administer any Commonwealth funded programs for which community organisations, businesses or individuals in the electoral division of Charlton can apply for funding; if so, what are the programs.

(2) Does the Minister's Department advertise these funding opportunities; if so, (a) what print or other media outlets have been used for the advertising of each of these programs, (b) were these paid advertisements, and if so, (c) what was the cost of each advertisement.

(3) With respect to each of the Commonwealth funded programs referred to in part (1), (a) what is its purpose and (b) who is responsible for allocating funds.

(4) With respect to each of the Commonwealth funded programs referred to in part (1), how many (a) community organisations, (b) businesses or (c) individuals in the electoral division of Charlton received funding in (i) 1999, (ii) 2000, (iii) 2001, and (iv) 2002.

(5) What is the name and address of each recipient.


Mr Andrews (Minister for Ageing) —The Minister for Health and Ageing has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

Please Note: Questions (1) to (5) and relevant parts are answered in relation to each listed program

(1) Safety Innovations In Practice Program (2002) (funded through the Australian Council for Safety and Quality in Health Care)

(2a) The Australian, Sydney Morning Herald, Melbourne Age, Brisbane Courier Mail, Adelaide Advertiser, Perth West Australia, Canberra Times, Hobart Mercury and Northern Territory News.

(2b) Yes.

(2c) Total print advertising in 2002 was $9,693.61 including GST.

(3a) Grants were provided to improve patient safety in health care.

(3b) The Department of Health and Ageing is the delegate and will allocate the funds.

(4a) Nil.

(4b) Nil.

(4c) Nil.

(5) Not applicable.

(1) National Primary Mental Health Care InitiativeIncentive Funding

(2) The Department does not advertise this program. The funding is only available to Divisions of General Practice who are invited by letter to apply for funding.

(2a) Not applicable.

(2b) Not applicable.

(2c) Not applicable.

(3a) The purpose of this program is to support GPs through education, training and peer support by improving the quality of care provided through general practice to Australians with a mental health disorder.

(3b) Funding allocation is through the State and Territory office of the Department of Health and Ageing.

(4a) Nil.

(4b) Nil.

(4c) Nil.

(5) Not applicable.

(1) Better Outcomes in Mental Health Care InitiativeAccess to Allied Health Services

(2) The Department does not advertise this program. The funding is only available to Divisions of General Practice who are invited by letter to apply for funding.

(2a) Not applicable.

(2b) Not applicable.

(2c) Not applicable.

(3a) To enable GPs to access psychological and other allied health services to support their patients with mental health disorders.

(3b) Funds are allocated to Divisions through a selection panel comprised of members from peak organisations, consumer bodies and departmental representatives.

(4a) Nil.

(4b) Nil.

(4c) Nil.

(5) Not applicable.

(1) The Medical Rural Bonded (MRB) Scholarship Scheme

(2a) The MRB Scholarship Scheme is advertised through:

- the Department of Health and Ageing internet website, www.health.gov.au/workforce;

- distribution of fliers to medical school applicants who sit the Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admissions Test (UMAT) or Graduate Australian Medical Schools Admission Test (GAMSAT);

- distribution of fliers and information packs to medical school applicants by medical schools;

- information on the Scheme placed in most medical school prospectus.

(2b) The advertisements are not paid advertisements.

(2c) Not applicable.

(3a) The purpose of the MRB Scholarship Scheme is to address the workforce shortage of medical practitioners in rural and remote areas of Australia. It provides for 100 additional medical school places each year for first year Australian medical students. The Scholarship itself provides over $20,000 per year, indexed annually and currently tax free, to the students during the course of their medical degree. In return, MRB scholars agree to work for six years in a rural or remote area once they have qualified and attained either a general practice or specialist Fellowship.

(3b) The funds for the MRB Scholarships are allocated through the Department of Health and Ageing. The funds for the 100 extra medical school places each year are allocated through the Department of Education, Science and Training.

(4a) Nil.

(4b) Nil.

(4c) One (2001 and 2002).

(5) Due to the provisions of the Privacy Act, names and addresses of MRB Scholarship recipients can not be disclosed without their written consent.

(1) National Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Conditions Improvement Grants program 2002-2003

(2a) The Weekend Australian, the Department's `tenders' website, and Stakeholders via email.

(2b) Advertisements in The Weekend Australian were paid advertisements.

(2c) Total cost of print media advertising for 2002-03 funding round was $2,362.14 including GST.

(3a) To expand the evidence base for osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoporosis, and to enable innovative and effective interventions to be implemented at a local level.

(3b) The Department of Health and Ageing allocates funds with advice from members of the National Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Conditions Advisory Group.

(4a) Nil.

(4b) Nil.

(4c) Nil.

(5) Not applicable.

(1) National Asthma Community Grants (2001)

(2a) The Australian, Sydney Morning Herald, Melbourne Age, Melbourne Herald-Sun, Brisbane Courier Mail, Adelaide Advertiser, Perth West Australian, Canberra Times, Hobart Mercury and Northern Territory News and major regional newspapers.

(2b) Yes.

(2c) Total cost of print media advertising for 2001 round was $26,210.18 including GST.

(3a) Grants were provided for grass roots activities which assist in promoting better management of asthma.

(3b) The Department of Health and Ageing is the delegate and will allocate funds with advice from members of the National Asthma Reference Group.

(4a) One.

(4b) One.

(4c) Nil.

Hunter Home-Start Inc

211 Main Road

CARDIFF NSW 2285

Wyee Centre Pharmacy

Shop 4

Wyee Shopping Village

Cnr Jilliby and Wyee Roads

WYEE NSW 2259

(1) National Asthma Community Grants (2002)

(2a) The Australian, Sydney Morning Herald, Melbourne Age, Melbourne Herald-Sun, Brisbane Courier Mail, Adelaide Advertiser, Perth West Australian, Canberra Times, Hobart Mercury and Northern Territory News.

(2b) Yes.

(2c) Total cost of print media advertising for 2002 round was $16,090.70 including GST.

(3a) Grants were provided for grass roots activities which assist in promoting better management of asthma.

(3b) The Department of Health and Ageing allocates funds with advice from members of the National Asthma Reference Group.

(4a) Nil.

(4b) Nil.

(4c) Nil.

(5) Not applicable.

(1) Asthma Innovative Management Initiative

(2a) The Australian, Sydney Morning Herald, Melbourne Age, Brisbane Courier Mail, Adelaide Advertiser, Perth West Australian, Canberra Times, Hobart Mercury and Northern Territory News.

(2b) Yes.

(2c) Total cost of print media advertisements in 2002-03 was $9,530.66 including GST.

(3a) This initiative offered grants for innovative and practical projects that will expand the evidence base and enable research to be undertaken at a local level on the diagnosis and management of asthma in target populations.

(3b) The Department of Health and Ageing is the delegate and will allocate funds with advice from members of the National Asthma Reference Group.

(4a) Nil.

(4b) Nil.

(4c) Nil.

(5) Not applicable.

(1) National Diabetes Improvement Projects (NDIPs)

(2) Yes.

(2a) The Weekend Australian.

(2b) $1,526.71 including GST.

(3a) The NDIPs provide funding for innovative projects that identify barriers to good diabetes care and demonstrate practical improvements in diabetes management within health service settings. These projects provide an opportunity for organisations to test and implement new ideas and evidence-based practice in the area of diabetes detection and management.

(3b) Funds are allocated by the Department based on the recommendations of an expert panel.

(4a) Nil.

(4b) Nil.

(4c) Nil.

(5) Not applicable.

(1) Medication Safety Innovations Awards Program (funded through the Australian Council for Safety and Quality in Health Care)

(2a) The Weekend Australian, Sydney Morning Herald, Melbourne Age, Brisbane Courier Mail, Adelaide Advertiser, Perth West Australian, Canberra Times, Hobart Mercury and Northern Territory News and on the Council's website.

(2b) Yes.

(2c) $9,164.98 including GST for all print media advertising.

(3a) Funding enables health care organisations to expand the medication safety evidence base and contribute unique, innovative solutions to the aim of measurably reducing patient harm from medication use. Ensuring sustainable improvement that can be applied more widely is also a key element of this initiative.

(3b) The Department of Health and Ageing is the delegate and will allocate the funds.

(4a) Nil.

(4b) Nil.

(4c) Nil.

(5) Not applicable.

(1) Safety Innovations in Practice Program (2001) (funded through the Australian Council for Safety and Quality in Health Care)

(2a) The Australian, Sydney Morning Herald, Melbourne Age, Brisbane Courier Mail, Adelaide Advertiser, Perth West Australian, Canberra Times, Hobart Mercury and Northern Territory News.

(2b) Yes.

(2c) $10,500.19 including GST for all print media advertising.

(3a) Grants were provided to improve patient safety in health care.

(3b) The Department of Health and Ageing allocates the funds.

(4a) Nil.

(4b) Nil.

(4c) Nil.

(5) Not applicable.

(1) Safety Innovations in Practice Program (2002) (funded through the Australian Council for Safety and Quality in Health Care)

(2a) The Australian, Sydney Morning Herald, Melbourne Age, Brisbane Courier Mail, Adelaide Advertiser, Perth West Australian, Canberra Times, Hobart Mercury and Northern Territory News

(2b) Yes

(2c) $9,693.61 including GST for all print media advertising.

(3a) Grants were provided to improve patient safety in health care.

(3b) The Department of Health and Ageing is the delegate and will allocate the funds.

(4a) Nil.

(4b) Nil.

(4c) Nil.

(5) Not applicable.

(1) The National Palliative Care Program

(2a) The Australian and the Commonwealth Government Gazette.

(2b) Yes.

(2c) Average $1,100 including GST each year.

(3a) To improve the standard of palliative care in the community.

(3b) Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing.

(4a) Nil.

(4b) Nil.

(4c) Nil.

(5) Not applicable.

(1) Research funding via the National Health and Medical Research Council. This funding is categorised into the following streams:

- Research Scheme;

- Researcher Support Scheme; and

- Strategic Research.

(2a) Calls for applications are published in the Government Gazette and on the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) web site in accordance with Section 11(a) of the National Health and Medical Research Council Act 1992. They are also advertised nationally by paid advertisements in print media and through direct notification to research institutes.

(2b) Yes, paid advertisements in national print media.

(2c) Due to the vast number of research programs conducted by the NHMRC, it is not possible to extrapolate the exact cost of each advertisement.

(3a) Health and medical research and research training.

(3b) Under Section 51 of the National Health and Medical Research Council Act 1992 the Minister for Health and Ageing approves all applications of funds acting on the advice of the NHMRC.

(4) The NHMRC is unable to provide details of research funding by electorate.

(5) Not applicable.

(1) The After Hours Primary Medical Care (AHPMC) Development Grants Program

(2a) Funding opportunities are advertised in national newspapers across Australia and on the Department's internet site.

(2b) Yes.

(2c) The most recent round of funding had an advertising budget of $1,800 (including GST)

(3a) The purpose of the AHPMC Development Grants Program is to facilitate the development and implementation of new and/or improved after hours primary medical care services across Australia in areas where there is a demonstrable need for service improvement.

(3b) An independent expert advisory group assesses applications and makes recommendations to the Minister, who grants the final approval.

(4a) Nil.

(4b) One—the Hunter Regional After Hours Service (commenced funding on 1 January 2003). The service is comprised of five clinics, one of which is located at Westlakes, Toronto in the Federal electorate of Charlton.

(4c) Nil.

(5) Hunter Regional After Hours Service

Hunter Urban Division of General Practice

PO BOX 572

Newcastle NSW 2300

(1) GP Links Program (March 1999 to September 2000)

(2a) The Scheme was advertised through the major national print media.

(2b) Yes.

(2c) The total cost for print advertisements was $89,008.98.

(3a) To encourage eligible practices to amalgamate in order to improve business efficiency, patient care and GP lifestyles.

(3b) The then Minister for Health and Aged Care was responsible for the allocation of funding on the advice of the Department.

(4a) Nil.

(4b) In the electoral division of Charlton, a total of four general practices received funding under the GP Links Practice Amalgamation Incentive Scheme:

- 1999—Nil;

- 2000—Two practices;

- 2001—Two practices;

- 2002—Nil.

(Note: it has been assumed that general practitioners and general practices are businesses).

(4c) Nil.

(5) For privacy reasons the Department cannot release names and addresses of those general practitioners who participated in the GP Links program.

(1) The Australian General Practice Training Program

(2) No.

(3a) To provide vocational training to medical graduates wishing to pursue a career in general practice in Australia.

(3b) Funds are allocated to General Practice Education and Training (GPET), who is responsible for allocating funds to regional training providers.

(4a) Nil.

(4b) General Practice Training—Valley to Coast (2002).

(4c) Nil.

(5) General Practice Training—Valley to Coast

Dr Kevin Sweeney

Chief Executive Officer

Newbolds House

Cnr Gavey and Frith Streets

MAYFIELD NSW 2304

(2) General Practice Immunisation Incentives (GPII) Scheme

(3) No. Information about the program is on the Health Insurance Commission Website.

(3a) To provide financial incentives to general practitioners to monitor, promote and provide age appropriate immunisation services to children under the age of seven years.

(3b) Funding is provided through the annual Commonwealth Budget process. As a National Scheme, incentives are available to all general practitioners and general practices that provide immunisation services to children under seven years of age.

(4a) Not applicable.

(4b) Data on GPII incentives are not collected by electorate. However the following National data are provided:

The estimated number of general practitioners who received Service Incentive Payments was:

(i) 1999—9,500

(ii) 2000—11,500

(iii) 2001—11,000

(iv) 2002—11,000

The estimated number of general practices that received outcomes payments were:

(i) 1999—3,500

(ii) 2000—4,500

(iii) 2001—4,850

(iv) 2002—4,600

(Note: it has been assumed that general practitioners and general practices are businesses).

(4c) Nil.

(5) For privacy reasons the Department cannot release names and addresses of those recipients participating in the GPII Scheme.

(1) The Practice Incentives Program (PIP)

(2) No. Information about the program is on the Health Insurance Commission website.

(3a) The PIP provides financial incentives to those general practices and practitioners who are providing comprehensive, quality care, and which are either accredited or working towards accreditation against the Royal Australian College of Practitioners' (RACGP) Standards for General Practices.

(3b) Funding is provided through the annual Commonwealth Budget process. As a National program, incentives are available to all general practitioners and general practices that are accredited against the Royal Australian College of Practitioners' (RACGP) Standards for General Practices.

(4a) Nil.

(4b) Data on PIP incentives are not collected by electorate. However the following National data are provided with the estimated number of general practices who received PIP payments being:

(i) 1999—5,022

(ii) 2000—5,252

(iii) 2001—5,273

(iv) 2002—4,553

(Note: it has been assumed that general practitioners and general practices are businesses).

(4c) Nil.

(5) For privacy reasons the Department cannot release names and addresses of individual recipients of the PIP.

(1) The Rural Chronic Disease Initiative

(2a) The Rural Chronic Disease Initiative Innovative Rural Project Funding Pool was advertised through a range of media (national and regional). This included placing advertisements in newspapers such as The Australian, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Land and The Newcastle Herald.

(2b) Yes.

(2c) The total newspaper advertising expenditure for the Innovative Rural Project Funding Pool was $28,715 with 30 advertisements placed in national and regional newspapers.

(3a) To assist people in rural Australia, especially those in small rural communities, to prevent and better manage chronic diseases and disabilities caused by preventable injuries such as farm accidents.

(3b) The Minister of Health and Ageing is responsible for the allocation of funds, which is managed by the Department.

(4a) Nil.

(4b) Nil.

(4c) Nil.

(5) Not applicable.

(1) The Home and Community Care (HACC) Program (jointly funded program with States and Territories).

(2) No, the State and Territory Governments are responsible for the day to day administration of the program, including the advertising of funding rounds.

(3a) The HACC Program aims to provide a comprehensive, coordinated and integrated range of basic maintenance and support services, such as community nursing, personal care, meals, domestic assistance, home modification and maintenance, transport and community based respite care, for frail aged people, people with a disability and their carers. It aims to support clients to be more independent at home and in the community, thereby enhancing their quality of life and/or preventing their inappropriate admission to long term residential care.

(3b) Each State and Territory Government is responsible for the allocation of funds for each project under the HACC Program.

(4) Funded organisations are as follows:

Organisation

1999-00

2000-01

2001-02

Alkira Respite Service Inc

114,311

117,168

119,746

Department of Transport

90,109

92,361

94,393

Home Modifications Lake Macquarie/Newcastle Inc

88,886

91,108

167,117

Jesmond Neighbourhood Aid Inc

0

0

80,798

Lake Macquarie City Council

27,671

28,362

28,986

Mercy Community Services

0

51,796

130,740

Morisset & District Meals on Wheels Inc

42,070

43,121

44,070

North Lake Carers Inc

30,701

31,468

32,160

NSW Home Modification and Maintenance Services State Council

85,656

87,642

89,570

South Wallsend Neighbourhood Development Group Inc

19,004

19,479

19,907

Southlake Carers Inc

37,458

38,394

39,238

Westlakes Community Care Inc

50,288

0

0

Woodrising Neighbourhood Centre

17,355

17,788

18,179

TOTAL

603,508

618,687

864,906

(5) The Department does not keep address details of funding recipients. This information, if required, can be sourced from the NSW Department of Ageing, Disability and Home Care.

(1) Commonwealth Carelink Program

(2a) Major national newspapers

(2b) Yes

(2c) Approximately $100 per advertisement.

(3a) To provide a single contact point to obtain information on the range, cost, availability and eligibility of community aged care, disability and other support services in the local area or anywhere else throughout Australia.

(3b) Open tender process with proposed budgets approved by the Minister for Ageing.

(4a) One (2000-01 and 2001-02)

(4b) Nil

(4c) Nil

(5) The Uniting Church trading as Wesley Mission,

13 Denison Street, Newcastle, NSW 2302

(1) Commonwealth Carer Respite Services

(2) No advertising is currently being undertaken.

(3a) To offer centre-based respite and in-home respite.

(3b) The Department of Health and Ageing administers the funding.

(4a) Two

(4b) Not applicable

(4c) Not applicable

(5) Wangary Aboriginal Home Care Service

Shop 1, State Bank Bldg, 13 Cleeve Close

Mount Druitt 2770; and

Multicultural Friendship Groups Co-Ordinator

Polish Day Care Centre

122 Chatham Road

Broadmeadow 2292

(1) Aged Care Approvals Round (ACAR) (Residential Care Places).

(2a) The ACAR is advertised through print media in both major metropolitan newspapers and regional daily newspapers. Notification of the ACAR is also distributed via fax to Approved Providers and media releases are posted nationally.

(2b) Yes.

(2c) The total cost of print advertising for the most recent ACAR (including Residential Care Capital Grants and Rural and Regional Building Fund Grants) was $18,762.75.

(3a) The Aged Care Approvals Round (ACAR) provides an opportunity for aged care providers to apply for an allocation of aged care places which, when occupied, attract a daily subsidy.

(3b) The Secretary (or delegate under the Aged Care Act 1997) is responsible for the allocation of aged care places and therefore the allocation of funds.

(4a) (i) 8

(ii) 8

(iii) 8

(iv) 8

(4b) (i) 2

(ii) 2

(iii) 3

(iv) 3

(4c) Individuals are not eligible to be Approved Providers of residential aged care places.

(5) See table below

Name

Address

Australasian Conference Association Ltd

148 Fox Valley Road, WAHROONGA, 2076

Bethshan Incorporated

83-85 Wyee Road, WYEE, 2260

The Newcastle Lake Macquarie Ex-Services Memorial Centre

13 The Ridgeway, BOLTON POINT, 2284

North NSW Conference of The Seventh Day Adventist Church

113 Lake Road, WALLSEND, 2288

Royal Freemasons Benevolent Institution of NSW (Nominee) Ltd

Masonic Club Chamber, 169-171 Castlereagh Street, SYDNEY, 2001

The Trustees of Church Property for the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle

C A Brown Village, Toronto Road, BOORAGUL 2285

United Protestant Association of NSW Limited

1614 Pacific Highway, WAHROONGA 2076

The Uniting Church in Australia Property Trust (NSW)

Level 5, 222 Pitt Street, SYDNEY, 2001, NSW

Amity Group Pty Ltd

Level 1 33 York Street, SYDNEY, 2000, NSW

Hunter Valley Care Pty Ltd

81 York Street, TERALBA, 2285, NSW

Conform Health Group Pty Ltd

5/3 Central Avenue, THORNLEIGH, 2120

(1) Aged Care Approvals Round (ACAR): Residential Care Capital Grants and Rural and Regional Building Fund Grants.

(2a) Advertising is conducted annually through major metropolitan, regional and country newspapers. Existing aged care service providers and industry peak bodies are also notified directly.

(2b) Yes

(2c) The total cost of print advertising for the most recent ACAR (including Residential Care Capital Grants and Rural and Regional Building Fund Grants) was $18,762.75.

(3a) Residential Care (capital) Grants are made available to assist providers who, as a result of their circumstances, are unable to meet the cost of necessary capital works through user contributions. Rural and Regional Building Fund grants are allocated to address needs in rural and regional areas including upgrading to meet regulatory requirements or changing care needs, the reconfiguration of services to significantly enhance long-term viability, and construction of buildings to accommodate new residential care places.

(3b) The Secretary holds the power of approval of Residential Care (capital) Grants under the Aged Care Act 1997, which is exercised under delegation by the First Assistant Secretary, Ageing and Aged Care Division. The Minister for Ageing approves grants from the Rural and Regional Building Fund.

(4a) Nil

(4b) Nil

(4c) Nil

(4) Not applicable

(1) The Puggy Hunter Memorial Scholarship Scheme.

(2a) Advertised in all national, regional and Indigenous newspapers and Indigenous health worker journals and magazines.

(2b) Yes

(2c) The total cost of all print media advertising for most recent round (October 2002) was $13,534.10.

(3a) The scholarship scheme aims to help address the under-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in health professions and assist in increasing the number of qualified Aboriginal Health Workers.

(3b) The Royal College of Nursing Australia administers the scheme on behalf of the Commonwealth.

(4a) Nil.

(4b) Nil.

(4c) Nil.

(5) Not applicable.

(1) Aged Care Innovative Pool.

(2a) Calls for Expressions of Interest are sent to all aged care providers.

(2b) No.

(2c) Not applicable.

(3a) The Aged Care Innovative Pool allows for the development of pilots for innovative service provision, in partnership with other stakeholders including state and territory governments and approved providers.

(3b) Funds are allocated by the delegate of the Secretary under section 14-1 of the Aged Care Act 1997, and administered by the Department of Health and Ageing.

(4a) Nil.

(4b) Nil.

(4c) Nil.

(5) Not applicable.

(1) Retirement Villages Care Pilot

(2a) Call for Expressions of Interest was advertised through peak body publications and newsletters in January 2003.

(2b) No.

(2c) Not applicable.

(3a) The Federal Government provided $14.9 million over 4 years in the 2002-03 Budget to pilot the provision of community care into retirement villages. The RVCP aims to examine opportunities to build upon existing provision of services in the unique retirement village setting. It will target those people who already have some of their care needs met but need some additional support to stay in their home even longer. Pilot sites will operate for a time-limited period until June 2006 and participate in a national evaluation, which will help determine future directions for the initiative.

(3b) Successful pilots will be allocated flexible aged care places through an approval by the delegate of the Secretary under section 14-1 of the Aged Care Act 1997. This enables Flexible Care Subsidy to be paid.

(4a) Nil.

(4b) Nil.

(4c) Nil.

(5) Not applicable.

(1) Positive Ageing Community Sponsorship Grants

(2a) The grants were advertised in The Australian, and one major newspaper in each capital city and, for the Newcastle region, the Newcastle Herald and the Central Coast Express Advocate as well as on the Internet.

(2b) Yes

(2c) Average of $1,713 for major metropolitan newspaper advertisements. The cost of advertising in the Newcastle Herald was $551, and in the Central Coast Express Advocate was $254.

(3a) The grants aim to increase local community activities that promote and maintain the health, well-being and positive images of older Australians.

(3b) The Minister for Ageing will determine successful applicants on the basis of advice from the Department of Health and Ageing.

(5) Not applicable. This is a new program and grants will be made in the latter part of 2003.

(5) Not applicable. Applications are currently being assessed.

(1) National Child Nutrition Program

(2a) Two funding rounds have been previously advertised through paid advertisements in national print media. There are no further funding rounds available under this program.

(2b) Yes.

(2c) The program area is unable to extrapolate this information.

(3a) This is a community grants program to improve the nutrition and long term eating patterns of children up to 12 years of age and pregnant women.

(3b) The Minister for Health and Ageing will determine successful applicants on the basis of advice from the Department of Health and Ageing.

(4a) One (announced in November 2001, funding commenced in 2002).

(4b) Nil.

(4c) Nil.

(5) Hunter Aboriginal Health Partnership

(1) The National Suicide Prevention Strategy

(2a) Advertisements are placed in the national print media, including Koori Mail and rural papers. Organisations may also be advised through various networks such as the Divisions of General Practice and the New South Wales Mental Health Service Suicide Prevention coordinators.

(2b) Yes

(2c) This information is unable to be obtained.

(3a) The objectives of the National Suicide Prevention Strategy are to:

- reduce deaths by suicide across all age groups in the Australian population, and reduce suicidal thinking, suicidal behaviour, and the injury and self-harm that result;

- enhance resilience and resourcefulness, respect, interconnectedness and mental health in young people, families and communities, and reduce the prevalence of risk factors for suicide;

- increase support available to individuals, families and communities affected by suicide or suicidal behaviours; and

- provide a whole of community approach to suicide prevention and to extend and enhance public understanding of suicide and its causes.

(3b) The Central Office of the Department of Health and Ageing allocates funds on a State by State basis. State and Territory offices of the Department then conduct an open tender process to decide which organisations should be recommended for funding. The National Advisory Council on Suicide Prevention (NACSP) reviews State recommendations, and may endorse them or seek clarification. Only proposals endorsed by the NACSP are recommended for funding to the Minister.

(4a) Nil.

(4b) Nil.

(4c) Nil.

(5) Not applicable.

(1) Clinical Support Program (administered on behalf of the Commonwealth by the Royal Australasian College of Physicians)

(2) No—Tender process was conducted by the RACP

(3a) The Clinical Support System Program is a joint initiative of the RACP and the Commonwealth to facilitate the uptake of evidence within clinical practice through the implementation of the clinical support system model.

(3b) RACP in consultation with the Department.

(4a) Nil

(4b) Hunter Consortium (Towards A Safer Culture) comprising 7 organisations: Frankston Hospital; John Hunter Hospital; Nepean Hospital; Townsville Hospital; Health Care Risk Resources International; Standards Australia International; and Hunter Area Health Service

(4c) Nil

(5) Not applicable; the project was completed in 2002.

(1) Community Partnerships Initiative

(2a) Advertisements seeking applications for the fourth funding round will be placed in the national, major metropolitan, indigenous and rural press to encourage those interested in developing a prevention project in a community setting to submit an application for funding.

(2b) These will be paid advertisements

(2c) Costs have not yet been expended

(3a) Under the National Illicit Drug Strategy, the Community Partnerships Initiative aims to encourage quality practice in community action to prevent illicit drug use and to build on existing activity occurring across Australia. The focus of the Initiative is young people, however it includes other individuals and groups in the community who interact with young people in their social environments. The Initiative also has an illicit drugs focus, as well as the issue in some jurisdictions of problematic use of solvents and of petrol sniffing.

(3b) The Commonwealth is responsible for allocating funds based on advice from an Expert Advisory Group (EAG). The EAG comprises representatives from the Australian National Council on Drugs (ANCD), the non-government sector, people from non-English speaking backgrounds, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples' Reference Group, Commonwealth, State and Territory government representatives, an early childhood expert and representatives from the mental health and/or suicide prevention sectors.

(4a) Nil.

(4b) Nil.

(4c) Nil.

(5) Not applicable.

(1) Non Government Organisation Treatment Grants Program (NGOTGP)

(2a) Arrangements for advertising are yet to be finalised, but will include advertising in the national and relevant rural and Indigenous press

(2b) These will be paid advertisements.

(2c) Costs have not yet been expended.

(3a) The NGOTGP provides funding to non-government organisations (NGOs) to establish and operate new treatment services for users of illicit drugs with a particular emphasis on filling geographic and target group gaps. Funding has also been allocated for expanding and upgrading existing non-government treatment services to strengthen the capacity of NGOs to achieve improved service outcomes and to increase the number of treatment places available.

(3b) The Minister for Health and Ageing is responsible for allocating funds based on the advice of State Reference Groups (SRG). Membership of the SRGs comprises representatives from the Commonwealth, State and Territory government health departments, the Australian National Council on Drugs, the Alcohol and Other Drugs Council of Australia and other recognised experts.

(4a) Nil.

(4b) Nil.

(4c) Nil.

(5) Not applicable.