Funding Model Proof of Concept – Community Transport
The CTO has commissioned The Centre for Health Service Development (CHSD) at the Australian Health Services Research Institute (AHSRI), University of Wollongong, to develop a prototype classification and funding model for community transport services in NSW. This study is being undertaken to provide the building blocks for an evidence-based alternative to the Support at Home Program funding model that is currently being proposed by the Australian Government Department of Health.
Such a model provides funding transparency and stability, and improves operational efficiency and funding equity. Importantly, it includes two funding streams: a fixed component based on organisational characteristics (e.g. size, location and type); and a variable component based on a classification of community transport activities and client profiles.
The study is being conducted between March and May 2022 and will include the statistical analysis of service cost and activity data along with a consultative process with a panel of experienced leaders in community transport services. This will enable us to accurately capture the range of contexts, transport activities and client groups and the associated cost components in the provision of community transport services.
This is a bold project that does not hold any guarantees for our sector but the CTO has chosen to take a thought leadership approach to advocacy.
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The Expert Panel will be: