The Better Care Victoria (BCV) Innovation Fund will now support long-term innovation projects through a new two-year funding arrangement.
The Innovation Fund has been allocated a further $25 million over the next two years to actively support and drive innovation and improvement across Victoria's health sector. The revised funding will broaden the scope of eligible projects with a focus on scaling successful projects more broadly and longer-term initiatives.
Safer Care Victoria supports the BCV Board to select and invest in successful projects. Since the fund was established in 2016 we have supported 33 innovation projects, giving health services the ability to test, trial and share initiatives.
Examples include the CALD assist app developed at Western Health to improve communication with non-English speaking patients, and Geri connect, increasing geriatrician access in the Loddon Mallee region through an innovative telehealth solution.
Fostering long-term improvement
The fund also supports health service improvement and has led three improvement partnerships which bring together multiple health services to work on a shared problem. Previous partnerships have focused on emergency demand, specialist clinics and improving patient flow.
The transition to a two-year funding arrangement will build on the success and impact of the program to date and offer opportunities for greater partnerships with health services.
The funding will support BCV to continue building capability and knowledge through:
- developing practical tools and advice on project and change management
- hosting workshops and events to help services identify areas for improvement and realise their ideas
- providing support for leadership development.
A full list of funded projects is available at the Better Care Victoria website.
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