LASA commends the South Australian Government’s new Palliative Care 2020 Grants Program which aims to ensure services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

“This has the potential to be a palliative and end-of-life care game-changer in many communities across the state,” said LASA SA State Manager Rosetta Rosa.

“LASA has worked closely with SA Health on the grants program and we congratulate both the Government and SA Health on the support now available to make one of the most challenging times of life a little easier.

“The focus is on innovation and the capacity to offer different services that meet local needs, across both regional and metropolitan areas.”

The grants target two palliative care priorities:

  • Residential aged care – with a focus on improving access, building stronger partnerships and increasing the training and mentoring of the aged care workforce
  • Priority populations – including rural and remote communities, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, culturally and linguistically diverse communities, people with complex needs and disabilities, and their families.

“This is about compassion, care and community,” said Ms Rosa. “We’re encouraging LASA Members and all service providers who would like to offer new services to support palliative care, to apply.”

Non Government Organisations from across the state which have experience, capability or interest in delivering innovative palliative care services can apply for grants of up to $150,000 to develop their capacity. Individual NGOs may apply for more than one grant for different projects.

Applications are open until 28 February 2020 and must be submitted to the Department of Health and Wellbeing by emailing

About Leading Age Services Australia (LASA)

LASA is the national association for all providers of age services across residential care, home care and retirement living/seniors housing. Our purpose is to enable high performing, respected, and sustainable age services that support older Australians to age well by providing care, support and accommodation with quality, safety and compassion – always.

We represent providers of age services of all types and sizes located across Australia’s metropolitan, regional and rural areas. Consistent with the overall industry profile, 56% of our Members are not-for-profit providers, 36% are for-profit providers and 8% are government providers.

Our diverse and representative membership gives LASA the ability to speak with credibility and authority on issues of importance to older Australians and the age services industry.