Collaborative Discharge Approach – An overview

What is a Collaborative Discharge Approach?

A Collaborative Discharge Approach (CDA) is a process to ensure that people under 65 with disability or complex support needs in hospital can achieve an effective and timely discharge back into the community with National Disability Insurance System (NDIS) supports.

This overview provides a snapshot of how health can work with support coordinators to achieve this and includes links to resources that align with specific actions. It is complemented by a comprehensive Practice Guide that outlines the steps involved in more detail.

What is involved in the Collaborative Discharge Approach?

CDA involves collaboration between health clinicians, support coordinators, community, housing and support providers. All these groups work together with the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) to confirm and activate NDIS supports for a person with a complex disability while they’re in hospital. They can then successfully transition from hospital back to their home, or to alternative housing such as specialist disability accommodation.