Hospital Discharge Readiness

By improving the interface between the health system and the NDIS, we could improve outcomes for younger people with high and complex needs and more effectively coordinate their transition back to the community.

The Summer Foundation has been funded by the Information Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) stream of the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) to work with the health sector across Australia to improve outcomes for NDIS participants. This project is specifically dedicated to improving the interface between the NDIS and mainstream services.

The project will establish local service connections and collaborations between health services and the NDIA to reduce the number of younger people entering aged care. From collaboration, we will develop resources and training that’s tailored to meet regional needs.

We will do this by consulting with discharge planners in local health networks, with NDIA, state government, health sector and housing sector representatives; by co-designing practical resources and toolkits, including documenting case studies of good practice; by developing video stories that show how the lives of young people with complex needs can be improved; by working extensively with 4 local health networks and hosting state and national forums; by collecting evidence of costs and benefits of efficient discharge of people with high and complex needs; and by evaluating the outcomes achieved in the project.

The project’s initial focus will be on Local Hospital Networks (LHNs) in NSW, Victoria, Queensland and South Australia that discharge high numbers of people at risk of aged care placement. The outcomes of this project will be made available to the 146 Local Hospital Networks (LHNs) across the country.


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