Assistance dogs and arts on prescription feature in aged care innovation funding

Placing assistance dogs with people living with dementia at home and prescribing participatory art for vulnerable older people are two projects to feature in the latest Aged Care Service Improvement and Health Ageing Grants, announced today.

Assistant Minister for Social Services, Senator Mitch Fifield, announced the grants worth $34 million covering 54 projects when he visited HammondCare at Hammondville today.

While in Hammondville, he met people involved in the two HammondCare projects and was also introduced to two assistance dogs, similar to those to be involved in the Dogs 4 Dementia project.

For more information about HammondCare's Dogs 4 Dementia and Arts on Prescription projects, click on the media release and backgrounder links below.

Key facts
  • Aged Care Service Improvement and Healthy Ageing Grants worth $54 million announced by Senator Mitch Fifield at HammondCare Hammondvile, NSW on Tuesday, April 14.
  • HammondCare has received funding for two innovative projects, Dogs 4 Dementia and Arts on Prescription.
  • In an Australian first, Dogs 4 Dementia features a partnership with Assistance Dogs Australia to place highly trained assistance dogs with people with dementia living at home with a carer.
  • Arts on Prescription is an innovative project targeting isolated, frail, and unwell older people in partnership with UNSW Public Health and Community Medicine and UNSW Art + Design.