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Background

Key dates

What do we mean by 'innovation'?

Focus areas and challenges

Is the BCV Innovation Fund the right fund for your idea?

Further information

Downloads

Background 

The Better Care Victoria (BCV) Innovation Fund has delivered three rounds of innovation projects with a total of 37 projects funded to date. Each year the focus of the fund has shifted to align with broader priority areas of Safer Care Victoria  and the Department of Health and Human Services. The focus areas identified offer an opportunity to impact the greatest number of consumers and health services and areas where innovation opportunities are abundant. 

An information brochure is available to download with details of the process and anticipated timeline for the 2019-20 BCV Innovation Funding round.

The process involves two-stages:

  1. Stage one: 'idea pitch' application. This involves a written application where successful applications will be invited through to stage two.
  2. Stage two: project plan development. Funding will be provided to approved project plans.

Key dates

 Stage   2019 dates  Stage  Details
 One January - April Idea development Get your team and partners together to develop an idea to address a challenge of interest. Make sure the challenge you are responding to aligns to your strategic or business plan, or both, and that your executives are on board.
Late January Information release Information on application requirements released.
Monday 18 March Applications open An electronic platform will be available.
5 pm Thursday 18 April Applications close The electronic platform will close 5 pm sharp. Strictly no extensions.
June Application outcome Notification of outcome and invitation to stage two following a comprehensive assessment process.
 Two Mid-June – late-July Project plan development  
Early September 2019 Stage two outcome Applicants will be notified of their funding application.

What do we mean by 'innovation'?

The BCV Innovation Fund is seeking ideas, concepts and 'solutions' that are novel and are game changing. Better Care Victoria defines innovation as 'new or novel ways of doing things that improve both access to and the quality of, healthcare for patients'. It differs from improvement in that improvement has a focus on making changes to the 'current state', whereas innovation is the creation of a new state. 

Innovation adds value and changes one or more of:

  • business or operating models (and the services provided)
  • the experience of customers and staff (and perception of your brand)
  • relationships and partnerships (health and other)
  • the results/outcome you achieve
  • the potential of your organisation (and/or partnership)

Categories of innovation are:

  • Product innovation
  • Process innovation
  • Business model innovation

The three characteristics of innovation are:

  • Novelty
  • Application
  • Intended benefit

Please refer to information brochure available for download for a detailed explanation. 

Focus areas and challenges

This year we are introducing challenges for applicants to respond to. The challenges are to guide thinking and to help with broadening exploration of possibilities.

The focus areas and challenges are:

  • Care beyond the hospital walls
    • Joined up management of chronic disease
    • Community mental health
  • Quality and safety
    • Shared decision making
  • Digital health
    • Application of a digital solution to address patient level challenges in the areas of:
      • Joined up management of chronic disease
      • Community mental health
      • Shared decision making

Descriptions of the focus areas and challenges are provided in the information brochure available to download in the download section.

Further information

Please contact us via our email bcv@safercare.vic.gov.au for further inquiries.