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News and Initiatives

2016 Winter State Trustees Australia Foundation newsletter

Elder abuse prevention and response grants program

As part of it’s focus on Ageing Well, State Trustees Australia Foundation is running a grants program aimed to respond and prevent elder abuse.
Submissions open on 1 August 2016.

We are looking to fund single projects of $50,000-$100,000 that focus on the following specific activities related to elder abuse:

  • awareness building activities
  • education and skill development programs
  • social participation programs
  • information services to help older people to access independent advice
  • capacity building and training for community health workers and carers

Read about our grant guidelines.

A program in elder abuse is an extension of the Foundation’s philanthropic commitment in the area of ageing, one that is based on State Trustees well-established experience in dealing directly with clients who have experienced elder abuse.

Grassroots Grants for ageing, disability and mental health support initiatives

State Trustees Australia Foundation’s Grassroots Grants program provides support to community organisations in the following three categories:
1.Ageing Well
3.Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing
The program aims to promote social inclusion, and provide support for individuals to live independently and build and maintain physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing and resilience, as well as reduce the incidence of adverse health issues that can limit their ability to live well.
Submissions open on 22 August 2016.

Funding for dementia projects

State Trustees Australia Foundation recently funded two dementia care research projects to help people with dementia and their carers retain their independence and cope with depression and anxiety. Both projects were awarded $30,000.

This first project will explore ways to reduce unnecessary hospital admissions for people with dementia. The second project will adapt and test a UK support program for carers of people living with dementia who often experience high rates of depression and anxiety. The online program aims to support carers to understand and better manage the behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia.

Ageing, Disability and Mental Health Collaborative Panel

The Ageing, Disability and Mental Health Collaborative Panel was established in 2014 to build the capacity of the ageing, disability and mental health sectors to:

  • Prepare for the transformational changes associated with Government reforms including the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and the introduction of the Aged Care Gateway and related funding reforms.
  • Develop good practice in response to these reforms and for the future in relation to consumer led service delivery, develop new training approaches, share their experiences and collaborate on common challenges and opportunities.

The Panel is funded through State Trustees Australia Foundation Strategic Grants program.

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