Paediatric Priority Funding 2021-24

Local health districts and specialty health networks were invited to apply for funding to initiate, progress or scale a project focused on care navigation and integration for children and young people with complex needs.

The  Paediatric Priority Funding Strategy was determined following stakeholder consultation and is aligned with recommendation 29 of the Henry Review.

Funding will be provided for four projects during FY2021-24. Paediatric Priority Funding was formerly known as Paediatric Innovation Funding and total funding for the four successful projects for FY2021-24 is over $2.6million.

Paediatric Priority Funding - Successful projects 2021-24

Hunter New England Local Health District

Connecting and coordinating care for kids with chronic health needs

Led by Hunter New England Local Health District (LHD), in partnership with Central Coast and Mid North Coast LHDs. This project will consider care coordination and patient experiences to develop and test and integrated systems approach to care coordination.

Project contacts:
Camilla Askie, Acute Network Manager
Email: camilla.askie@health.nsw.gov.au
Margaret Hayes Community Network
Email: margaret.hayes@health.nsw.gov.au
Manager Matthew Frith Manager, Community & Allied Health Services
Email: matthew.frith@health.nsw.gov.au

Mid North Coast Local Health District

Who are the people in your health neighbourhood?

Led by Mid North Coast LHD. This project draws upon existing models of care coordination with additional innovations to generate multi-agency and community focused collaboration. This project has a strong Aboriginal engagement focus.

Project contacts:
Janet Cormick, District Manager, Integrated Child, Youth and Family Wellbeing
Email: Janet.Cormick@health.nsw.gov.au
Olivia Tierney, District Manager, Midwifery
Email: Olivia.Tierney@health.nsw.gov.au

Sydney Children's Hospitals Network

Providing enhanced access to health services (PEACH)

Led by Sydney Children's Hospitals Network (SCHN) in partnership with South Eastern Sydney and Western Sydney LHDs, with input from Murrumbidgee LHD to consider regional perspectives. This project will test ways to reduce the impact of disadvantage on health services access for children referred to SCHN from LHDs.

Project contact:
Professor Karen Zwi, Clinical Program Director, Priority Populations, SCHN
email: karen.zwi@health.nsw.gov.au

Rural Kids GPS

Led by SCHN in partnership with Southern NSW LHD, Murrumbidgee LHD, Western NSW LHD, Northern NSW LHD and University of NSW. This project will test and scale an existing model of care coordination developed by SCHN adapted for rural and regional contexts.

Project contact:
Emma Dickins, Integrated Care Lead, SCHN
Email: emma.dickins@health.nsw.gov.au

Paediatric Innovation Funding 2018-20

Paediatric Innovation Funding supports projects for children’s healthcare that focus on better patient outcomes, improved delivery of health services, and/or improved patient, family or staff health and wellbeing. Over $1.6million was provided to eleven projects across NSW during FY2018-20.

Outcomes and learnings from completed projects will be available soon.

Current as at: Thursday 24 June 2021