Funded Activities

The Department of Health funds a range of activities through the Indigenous Australians’ Health Programme managed by the Indigenous Health Division (IHD).

Page last updated: 14 November 2016

Current Funding activities

Previous Funding activities


Indigenous Australians' Health Programme - Tackling Indigenous Smoking (TIS)

The Australian Government is committed to reducing the high rate of smoking amongst Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Under the National Healthcare Agreement, the Council of Australian Governments has committed to halving the daily smoking rate among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults (aged 18 years or older) from the 2008 rate of 47.7%,1 by 2018.

The Tackling Indigenous Smoking programme is a targeted activity funded by the Australian Government under the Indigenous Australian's Health Programme to reduce smoking rates among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The programme includes grant funding for regional tobacco control activities.

Word version: Grant Activity Guidelines—Tackling Indigenous Smoking (Word 614 KB)
PDF version: Grant Activity Guidelines—Tackling Indigenous Smoking (PDF 281 KB)


Primary Health Care Activity

The Primary Health Care Activity (PHC Activity) is a component of the Indigenous Australians’ Health Programme (IAHP), which aims to ensure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have access to effective health care services in urban, regional, rural and remote locations across the nation. The PHC Activity provides grant funding to a range of organisations including Aboriginal community controlled health organisations (ACCHOs), to support and deliver comprehensive, culturally appropriate primary health care services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and provide system-level support to the Indigenous primary health care sector.

Word version: Grant Programme Guidelines—Primary Health Care Activity (Word 87 KB)
PDF version: Grant Programme Guidelines—Primary Health Care Activity (PDF 181 KB)


Remote Area Health Corps (RAHC)

The RAHC Programme (the Programme) contributes to closing the life expectancy gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians by increasing access to primary health care services in remote Indigenous communities in the NT.

The Programme is targeted at recruiting urban based health professionals from around Australia, credentialing recruits, providing recruits with professional development and training, and filling at least 450 short-term placements per year in remote Indigenous communities in the NT to address critical health workforce shortages.

Applications for RAHC grant funding open on 4 June 2015 and close on 16 July 2015. Eligible entities are invited to apply.

The RAHC Grant Programme Guidelines provide information on:

  • eligibility and how to apply for the grant;
  • arrangements for the establishment and operation of the grant; and
  • organisational responsibilities such as probity, governance and accountability.

Word version: Grant Programme Guidelines—Health Remote Area Health Corps (RAHC) (Word 160 KB)
PDF version: Grant Programme Guidelines—Health Remote Area Health Corps (RAHC) (PDF 222 KB)


Integrated Team Care (ITC)

The ITC Activity combines the former Care Coordination and Supplementary Services (CCSS) and Improving Indigenous Access to Mainstream Primary Care (IIAMPC) programs. The ITC recognises and builds on the success of both activities, and strengthens a team-based approach for the provision of coordinated, multidisciplinary care.

The aims of the ITC Activity are to:

  • contribute to improving health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with chronic health conditions through better access to coordinated and multidisciplinary care; and
  • contribute to closing the gap in life expectancy by improved access to culturally appropriate mainstream primary care services (including but not limited to general practice, allied health and specialists) for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

ITC is provided by a team/teams of Indigenous Health Project Officers (IHPOs), Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Outreach Workers (Outreach Workers) and Care Coordinators. The team works in their region to assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to obtain primary health care as required, provide care coordination services to eligible Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with chronic disease/s who require coordinated, multidisciplinary care, and improve access for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to culturally appropriate mainstream primary care.

Care Coordinators have access to the Supplementary Services funding pool for when they need to expedite a patient’s access to an urgent and essential allied health or specialist service (including certain approved medical aids), where the services are not otherwise available in a clinically acceptable timeframe. Supplementary Services can be used to fund the necessary local transport to access the service, where not publicly available.

ITC is funded under the Indigenous Australians’ Health Programme and is administered by Primary Health Networks.

More information about ITC is available in the ITC Program Implementation Guidelines and the ITC Frequently Asked Questions.

ITC Program Implementation Guidelines

Word version: ITC Program Implementation Guidelines (Word 553 KB)

PDF version: ITC Program Implementation Guidelines (PDF 193 KB)

ITC Frequently Asked Questions

Word version: ITC Frequently Asked Questions (Word 512 KB)

PDF version: ITC Frequently Asked Questions (PDF 113 KB)


Previous Funding activities

Indigenous Remote Service Delivery Traineeship Northern Territory (IRSDT NT) Programme: Participant Wages

The IRSDT NT Programme (the Programme) offers a Diploma of Management qualification to potential future health service managers and CEOs employed by Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations (ACCHOs) in the NT. The Programme’s participant wages activity provides grant funding to NT ACCHOs to contribute to the wages of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees participating in the Programme.

Applications for 2015-16 IRSDT NT participant wage funding grants closed on 21 May 2015.

Improving Indigenous access to maternal and child health services

Applications for the 2015-16 New Directions: Mothers and Babies Services funding grants closed on 25 June 2015

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