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Game Changer Digital Health Technology Grants

Do you have a game changer idea that will promote improved equity of access to primary care?

Will your idea use digital health technology to support an innovative model of care?

The Hunter New England and Central Coast Primary Health Network (PHN) is investing $1 million dollars in innovative solutions that harness digital health technology to provide improved models of care within the primary care sector.

Join us for an online Grant Information Session on Tuesday 26 March from 12.00pm - 1.00pm to find out more about the grant criteria, guidelines and the application process.

View video recording below or via the PHN Education Library

We are looking for new ideas and solutions to support the PHN’s strategic purpose of increasing equity of access to primary care services through:

  • Incorporating virtual primary care services that strengthen and support the existing workforce.
  • Developing and piloting digitally incorporated models of care for priority groups including localised multidisciplinary health services.

Australia's healthcare landscape is grappling with the challenges of an aging population, increasing healthcare demands, and evolving healthcare needs. Traditional approaches to delivering primary care are falling short, demanding innovative solutions that cater to the unique needs of communities.

Primary care is healthcare people seek first in their community (outside of a hospital), such as GPs, pharmacies, and Allied Health professionals. It allows patients to receive the right care at the right time and is critical to a healthy population.

Primary Care includes services such as:

  • General Practice
  • Allied Health services (healthcare professionals who are not nurses, midwives, doctors, or dentists but are regulated (managed) either through Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) or are self-regulated through the relevant professional organisation)
  • Access to services for older people within the community and residential aged care facilities

Successful applications must clearly demonstrate the benefit to primary care within the Hunter, New England and Central Coast region as the main priority being the region the PHN is funded to provide services to.

We will be looking for projects, pilots and programs that embrace and promote the prioritisation framework and general criteria as per the guidelines below.

The PHN is also committed to supporting priority populations within the region which includes:

  • First Nations
  • Culturally and linguistically diverse
  • People living with a disability
  • Older Persons
  • Children and young people
  • Rural and remote communities

Projects that support these populations will be favourably considered. We require all successful grant recipients consider the accessibility and inclusivity of any resources that will be developed in this grants program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, culturally and linguistically diverse peoples, those living with a disability and other groups identified.


There are three levels of grants that can be applied for:

Grant Level Grant Range
Game Changer Tier 1 $250 000 - $500 000
Game Changer Tier 2 $100 000 - $250 000
Game Changer Tier 3 $50 000 - $100 000
Total Grant Pool $1 000 000

Grants will open on 4th March 2024 and close 22nd April 2024 for projects to commence in June 2024 and be complete by 30 June 2025.

Reporting is due 1 month after completion and is a mandatory condition of the grant.

Download the full guidelines below.

We have put together a list of examples and ideas to assist you.

Think you have a ‘game changer’? Click on the link below to read the application form and apply. We look forward to receiving your submission.

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