Dementia and Aged Care Services (DACS) grant funding contract for national trial of PainChek® signed


We are delighted to confirm the $5M PainChek® national trial grant agreement, which was announced by the Morrison Federal Government on 29th April 2019, has now been signed between the Commonwealth represented by Department of Health and PainChek Ltd.

The purpose of the grant is to conduct a national trial of a pain identification smart-phone application (PainChek®) for Australians with dementia living in residential aged care facilities.

The objectives of the grant are to:

1. provide access to PainChek® to people living with dementia in residential aged care;
2. collect relevant data on the use of PainChek® in practice; and
3. evaluate the efficacy of PainChek® to improve the diagnosis and management of pain, quality of life, and/or health outcomes in people living with dementia in residential aged care.

The intended outcome of the grant is to improve diagnosis and management of pain in people living with dementia in residential aged care.

The $5M grant comprises of:

A $500K payment on execution of the agreement to support the development of training materials and an evaluation report.

$4.4M for the provision of 100,000 PainChek® licenses for people living with dementia across Residential Aged Care in Australia and;

$100K payment for the delivery of an evaluation report at the end of the contract term.

PainChek Ltd commenced the enrolment of Residential Aged Facilities into the Government grant from September 2019, post finalisation of the terms and conditions and internal sign off within the Department of Health. The agreement term ends on 31st December 2020. 

PainChek Ltd want to take this opportunity to thank the Morrison Government for supporting this key aged care initiative and Minister Ken Wyatt, Minister Richard Colbeck and the Department of Health for their leadership and ongoing support. 

About the Dementia and Aged Care Services (DACS) Fund: 

The DACS Fund is designed to better support activities that respond to existing and emerging challenges including dementia care, better support services targeting people from diverse social and cultural backgrounds, and support special measures for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The Fund can also be used to support activities that assist the Commonwealth in informing itself about aged care.