Palliative Care 2020 Grants Program

The State Government is delivering on its commitment to improve and diversify quality palliative care options in South Australia

The Palliative Care 2020 Grants Program will help improve access to and diversify quality palliative care services – for priority populations as well as South Australians living in residential aged care facilities.

The Department for Health and Wellbeing acknowledges the Commonwealth Government for its co-contribution in funding the Residential Aged Care Facility Grants through the Comprehensive Palliative Care in Aged Care Project Agreement.

The Department for Health and Wellbeing would like to thank all non-government organisations who took the time to outline their vision to better support the South Australian community requiring palliative care services in their respective Palliative Care 2020 Grants Program Applications.

The Grants Program was a highly competitive process, and the independent Assessment Panel reviewed over 70 high quality applications received, each applying for a share of up to $1.436m.

Awarded grant contracts

The Department has executed the following 17 contracts with 16 organisations. The Department congratulates the following successful Grant recipients, who have all confirmed project suitability and capability to deliver the following initiatives in the current COVID-19 pandemic:

  • Aboriginal Health Council of SA – Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Palliative Care Skill Set
  • Lyell McEwin Volunteer Association - BRILLIANT Palliative Care for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities
  • Multicultural Communities Council of SA - Courageous Conversations with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities
  • Laurel Palliative Care Foundation Inc - Drawing Connections: Art Building Cultural Responsiveness in Palliative Care Service Provision
  • Kangaroo Island Medical Clinic - Education and Guideline Development for Kangaroo Island General Practitioners
  • Flinders University - Supporting the Grief, Loss and Bereavement Needs of Families of People Living in Residential Aged Care
  • Mount Gambier Private Hospital Inc - In Home Hospice Care Mount Gambier
  • Eldercare Inc - Integrated Palliative Care for Older People
  • Pat Kaufman Centre, Minda Inc - Intellectual Disability and Palliative Care at Minda
  • Clayton Church Homes - Live as Well as You Can for as Long as You Can
  • The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia Ltd
    • Palliative Care Medication Management Masterclass
    • Palliative Care Pharmacist in Aged Care – Medication Management (Regional)
  • DiscoDTours Australia T/A Moove&Groove - Moove and Groove Palliation
  • Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Association of SA - MND Palliative Care Referral Pathways and Partnerships
  • Calvary North Adelaide Hospital SA - Specialist Palliative Care Needs Rounds in Residential Aged Care Facilities
  • GP Partners Australia Ltd - Integrated Model of Care: Tele-Trial of After-Hours Aged Care General Practitioner and Pharmacy
  • Helping Hand Aged Care Inc - Right Place, Right Care – Palliative Care in Residential Aged Care

For more detail on the above initiatives, please refer to the 2020 Grants Program Successful Recipient Fact Sheet (PDF 407KB)


The State Government has made a significant commitment to improve and diversify quality palliative care options in South Australia, with $16 million invested to:

The Palliative Care 2020 Grants Program is an initiative of the State Government to work with and support innovative non-government organisations who can bring new ideas to improve and diversify palliative care. This will increase access to services across South Australia for those who need it most including:

1. Improving Palliative Care in Residential Aged Care Facilities, with a focus on:

  • improving access to and the quality of palliative care in residential aged care facilities
  • building stronger partnerships between specialist palliative care services, the primary care sector, non-government organisations and residential aged care facilities
  • increasing the education, training, assistance and mentoring of the residential aged care workforce

2. Improving Palliative Care for Priority Populations, with a focus on:

  • rural and remote communities
  • people who experience complex needs (e.g. under 65 years with high level needs that cannot be met in standard residential care facilities)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their families
  • Culturally and Linguistically Diverse communities
  • people who experience disabilities
  • children

Additional resources

The Palliative Care Needs in South Australia 2019 Report (PDF 694KB) highlights areas that require further improvement, to meet the needs of all people in the community, who require palliative and end-of-life care.

Staying up to date

You can stay up to date with what is happening in the Statewide Palliative Care Clinical Network by signing up to receive email news at

Information session

SA Health hosted a Palliative Care 2020 Grants Information Session (PDF 161KB) on Friday 14 February for applicants requiring supplementary information.

Supporting documents


For further information please contact the Department for Health and Wellbeing Health Services Programs & Funding team at SA Health:
Phone: (08) 8226 6485