Palliative Care 2022 Grants Program

The State Government remains committed to improve and diversify quality palliative care options in South Australia.

The Palliative Care 2022 Grants Program focused on the remaining priorities from the report Statewide Assessment of Palliative Care Needs (PDF 692KB), and areas of unmet need identified both in the National Palliative Care Strategy 2018 and the SA Palliative Care Strategic Framework 2022-27:

  1. Improve palliative care data collection, monitoring and reporting
  2. Extend palliative care support to patients and practitioners treating non-malignant diseases
  3. Improve access to palliative care in the community (including grief and bereavement)
  4. Increase the number and involvement of primary care practitioners in palliative care.

For the 2022 round a total of $876,000 was available to non-governmental organisations working with or interested in trailing projects on palliative care. Applications opened between 21 February and 20 March 2022, with funding of up to $75,000 available per project.

Awarded projects

The Grants Review Panel was impressed with the quality of the applications, which highlighted important services and areas of unmet need in palliative care across the state.

A total of 13 projects were selected, and the following organisations and projects have been awarded a grant through the 2022 round of the Program.

Flinders University – Research Centre for Palliative Care, Death and Dying

  • Enhancing dignity with personal care at the end-of-life in residential aged care
  • Experience of unpaid family carers on access to palliative care and self-care information, resources, and services: Opportunities and gaps in existing carer support service model

GP Partners Australia

  • Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) - Enhancing Palliative Care

Healthy Cities Onkaparinga

  • Establishing the Onkaparinga Compassionate Community

Helping Hand Aged Care

  • Palliative Care Holistic Leaders Program

In Home Hospice Care

  • In Home Hospice Care Mount Gambier

Motor Neurone Disease Association of SA

  • Talking grief (loss, grief and bereavement volunteer program)

Occupational Therapy Australia

  • Palliative care webinar series

Pharmaceutical Society of Australia

  • Palliative Care Pharmacist Aboriginal Health Services
  • Palliative Care Pharmacist Home Service in Regional SA

Royal District Nursing Service of SA

  • To support and strengthen early identification of clients with non-malignant diseases who are at risk of deterioration or dying

South Australian Postgraduate Medical Education Association

  • Supportive and Palliative Care for Dementia

Viva Mutual Foundation

  • ‘Viva Pal’: navigating palliative care options for the disability community

The Department will be closely supporting the successful organisations in the delivery of the projects, including the development of Palliative Care Grants Network, which will aim to foster a community of practice of not-for-profit organisations and professionals working to improve palliative care services in South Australia.

We thank all applicants of the Palliative Care 2022 Grants Program and commend their efforts and willingness to outline their vision to better support South Australian communities requiring palliative care services.


From 2018-2019 to 2021-2022 the State Government has invested $16 million to improve support to people in the final stages of their life by:

  • expanding palliative care models in local health networks from a 5-day to a 7-day model
  • establishing the Statewide Palliative Care Clinical Network
  • delivering a report with a Statewide Assessment of Palliative Care Needs, highlighting the factors that will contribute to the way that people in South Australia will require palliative care
  • agreeing and implementing the Comprehensive Palliative Care in Aged Care project, in partnership with the Commonwealth Government.