Hepatitis B Community Education Project
The purpose of this overview is to provide context to the forty partnership grants recently distributed by Hepatitis Australia for hepatitis B community education.
Hepatitis Australia and the Australasian Society for HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Medicine (ASHM), have each been funded under the Department of Health’s Communicable Disease Prevention and Service Improvement Grant (CDPISG) Program to design, administer and implement the Hepatitis B Education Project. The Hepatitis B Education Project is a national project consisting of two project arms:
- Community Arm: Hepatitis B Community Education Project (managed by Hepatitis Australia)
- Workforce Arm: Hepatitis B Workforce Development Project (managed by ASHM)
The Hepatitis B Community Education Project and the Hepatitis B Workforce Development Project are running concurrently from 2015 to 2017, with the Community Education Projects extending through to 30 June 2018.
The Hepatitis B Community Education Project is a targeted grants program to fund Hepatitis Australia’s eight state and territory member organisations to work with community partners to deliver hepatitis B education to priority populations identified in the Second National Hepatitis B Strategy 2014-2017. The aim of the Hepatitis B Community Education Project is to engage with at risk priority populations to raise awareness and knowledge of hepatitis B and encourage access to testing, appropriate management and treatment for chronic hepatitis B infection.
The total funding available for the partnership grants (running to 30 June 2018) was $2,363,635 (GST exclusive). In accordance with the Project’s grant distribution arrangements, a maximum of 7 partnership grants were able to be allocated to any one of Hepatitis Australia’s eight state and territory member organisations. An expert Steering Committee has provided advice and assistance to Hepatitis Australia on all aspects of the project, including the detailed Grant Guidelines and Selection Criteria.
The grant application period opened on 15 January 2016 and closed on 31 March 2016. All grant applications were assessed by an expert Selection Panel which made recommendations to the Steering Committee and Hepatitis Australia on the partnership grant allocations.
As of 31 July 2016, forty partnership grants have been provided across Hepatitis Australia’s eight state and territory member organisations, based on a demonstrated ability of the grant applications meeting the Selection Criteria. Approximately $55,000 (GST exclusive) has been provided per grant with supplementary remote travel funding being allocated for project work in remote locations.
Page Updated: 04 October 2016