The Morrison Government is providing additional support to people with dementia through the opening of applications under the Specialist Dementia Care Program.


The world-first national network, supported by a $70 million per year investment by the Morrison Government, will ensure people who experience behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia receive appropriate care.


The aim of the program is to be a transitional service, allowing residents to move into a less intensive care setting once their behaviours and symptoms have stabilised.


At full roll-out thirty five units will be established across the country—one in each Primary Health Network (PHN).


The program will be rolled out using a phased approach with the first prototype service at Brightwater’s ‘The Village’ in Perth, set to be operational by mid-2019.


The prototype service will allow the service model to be developed to respond to the needs of the care recipients and providers.


Aged care providers will be able to apply for approximately $1 million of funding per year for an eight-bed unit through a competitive grant round.


The first competitive grant round will open on 2 April 2019 and close on 28 May 2019, with providers in the following PHNs able to apply:

·         Central and Eastern Sydney

·         South Eastern NSW

·         Country WA

·         Northern Territory

·         Tasmania

·         Australian Capital Territory

·         Brisbane South

·         Brisbane North

·         Northern QLD

·         Central QLD Wide Bay and Sunshine Coast

·         North Western Melbourne

·         Adelaide


These PHNs were selected in consultation with states and territories.


Aged care providers will have to be an already approved and accredited facility, and the unit they intend to run located within a broader residential aged care facility.


The selection process will be conducted in consultation with states and territories to ensure specialist clinicians are available to provide services in the proposed location.


Phase one units will be operational from around April 2020.


PHNs not available in this first phase will be available for applications expected to be advertised in early 2021.