Value-based Healthcare Grant Program

This grant program assists TAC health service providers putting value-based healthcare into practice. Grants of up to $150,000 are available for innovative value-based healthcare research projects.

Value-based healthcare involves patients more in their treatment options, helping them achieve the outcomes that matter most to them through efficient, cost-effective and high-quality care.

Grant applications for 2022 closed on 31 May 2022.

Five projects have commenced from the 2022 Value-based Healthcare Grant Program. Those projects underway include:

  • Northern Health: Co-design, implementation and evaluation of an innovative digital care pathway for patients presenting to the emergency department with back pain.
  • The University of Sydney: Pilot testing an early intervention to mitigate distress in motor vehicle accident claimants identified as being at risk of developing chronic pain – an acceptability and feasibility study.
  • Melbourne Health: Improving care continuity for pelvic trauma with a screening and referral process from the acute setting into the community, to decrease the prevalence and severity of Pelvic Floor Dysfunction (PFD).
  • Epworth Healthcare: The value of multi-trauma rehabilitation on patient health-related quality of life.
  • Epworth Healthcare: Investigating the effectiveness of a vocational rehabilitation (VR) smartphone application to support return to work after traumatic brain injury (TBI).

What is the Value-based Healthcare Grant Program?

Consistent with our TAC 2025 Strategy, the Value-based Healthcare Grant Program offers research grants funding to encourage health service providers to make shifts towards value-based healthcare. The program aims to incentivise health service providers to implement innovative research projects that embrace the principles of value-based healthcare. We are looking for projects that address an area of priority for people with transport accident injuries and will build capability in measuring outcomes.

What is value-based healthcare?

Value-based healthcare supports people to achieve outcomes that matter most to them, in a way that is financially sustainable for the system1. In a value-based system people receive integrated care, providers have the data they need to continuously improve care, and organisations have incentives that are aligned with what value means to people2. On a community level value-based healthcare can improve population health outcomes and reduce overall health care spending.

Value-based healthcare is a fundamental shift in healthcare delivery that continues to gain momentum across the healthcare system. As outlined in the TAC 2025 Strategy, we will work in partnership with our clients and providers to incorporate this approach at the TAC. The goal is to enable a better experience for all parties, helping clients achieve the best possible outcomes while supporting the providers who work with them.

To inform your application you are encouraged to visit these websites for more information on value-based healthcare:


1 Victorian Agency for Health Information, Value-based Healthcare Advice, dated 4 December 2019.
2 Safer Care Victoria. Local and international perspectives on value based health care, dated 4 June 2019.

Who is eligible to apply for a grant?

To be eligible for funding you must be Victorian based, financially viable and one of the following health service related providers:

  1. Hospitals – includes pre-hospital clinics
  2. Rehabilitation services – includes inpatient and outpatient services
  3. Post-hospital services – includes early discharge and post-acute care type services
  4. Primary health care services – includes Primary Health Networks
  5. Pain management service providers
  6. Peak Bodies*
  7. Professional Societies*
  8. Doctor of Philosophy Students*

*Must be collaborating with a health setting from 1 – 5.

What funding is available?

This grant program offers grants of up to $150,000 (ex. GST).

What projects can receive grant funding?

Value-based Healthcare Grant funding is for innovative research projects that:

  • embrace the principles of value-based healthcare:
    • Clinical/Client Outcomes: Needs driven, effective, integrated care that delivers positive, sustainable and measurable results.
    • Client Experience: High levels of satisfaction and support to navigate their own care.
    • Provider Experience: An engaged workforce of providers with high job satisfaction.
    • Cost Optimisation: Transparent, effective and efficient process improvements that eliminate waste, redundancy and misuse of resources.
  • address an area of priority for people with transport accident injuries, and
  • build capability in measuring outcomes.

How and when can I apply?

Applications for 2022 closed on 31 May 2022.

You can learn more about the application process by reading the program guidelines and application questions.

More information about the program

Program guidelines

To read the full program guidelines, download the PDF here.

Application questions

To read the application questions in preparation for submission, download the PDF here.

Funding agreement

To access the grant funding agreement template, download the PDF here.

To learn more

For further information, or to discuss a project idea and application, email the TAC Research & Evaluation team at research@tac.vic.gov.au.