Stay connected to health services at home

Faced with unprecedented demands on hospitals, the Queensland Government has announced a new $3 million healthcare support program to provide more patients with free medial home care services.

Health minister Stephen Robertson said the program, Home Health Link, will allow patients to receive a range of immediate, short-term care options at home, avoiding unnecessary admissions.

“This Bligh Government initiative will help ease pressure on our busy public hospitals by reducing avoidable admissions and freeing up acute hospital beds,” he said. 

"It will facilitate early discharge from hospital for some patients and reduce the risk of readmission to hospital for some former patients.”

Beginning on July 1, the 24-hour referral program will be trialled on the Gold Coast for 18 months, providing services to patients who are clinically assessed as suitable for care at home.

Services available include facilitated access to GP services including home visits, medical equipment, supported transport, child care, overnight support and medication at other services. 

All referrals will be co-ordinated by local GPs plus Gold Coast Hospital and Robina Hospital emergency departments, inpatient services and discharge services.

The successful tender Home Support Services Queensland, who operates a similar program in South Australia, will run the program for Queensland Health.

Mr Robertson said: "It is expected more than 4000 care packages will be provided by Home Support Services Queensland during the 18-month pilot program.

"Sometimes the best health outcomes for a patient can be achieved using services delivered away from our hospitals.”

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