20 October 2022

Supporting patients with a disability to safely leave hospital

Thursday, 20 October 2022
  • Successful From Hospital to Home pilot program expanded to second facility
  • Supports people with complex needs to leave hospital and live in the community
  • Initial pilot estimated to have saved 3,441 hospital bed days since inception
  • Part of the McGowan Government's commitment to reducing pressure on hospitals and finding the most appropriate care for patients

More patients with a disability who are medically fit will be able to leave hospital sooner with the launch of a second From Hospital to Home disability support service pilot.


Following a successful pilot launched in 2021, a second From Hospital to Home facility opened its doors in Coolbinia this week.


Eligible people living with disability will have the opportunity to be discharged from public hospital beds to transitional supported accommodation at the purpose-built, fully accessible residence, operated by Ability WA.


The six-bed residence will accommodate people with complex support requirements while long-term community-based supports are sourced and implemented through National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) pathways.


The initiative aims to assist people with a disability by providing a smoother transition as they begin the process of returning home following a stay in hospital.


It is estimated the initial pilot, a 12-bed facility in South Perth, has saved 3,441 hospital bed days.


The program is fully funded by the McGowan Government as part of its ongoing commitment to easing pressure on the hospital system as well as assisting people with a disability to return to their communities.


Comments attributed to Health Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson:


"From Hospital to Home is one of several McGowan Government initiatives underway to better support patients experiencing discharge delay.


"The initial pilot is estimated to have saved a huge 3,441 hospital bed days which is why we are so pleased to announce the establishment of a second facility.


"Eligible people can stay in a more appropriate setting than a hospital while they plan long term arrangements, which is both much nicer for patients while at the same time assists our hospital system."


Comments attributed to Disability Services Minister Don Punch:


"The partnership with Ability WA will ensure a smooth transition from hospital to home, where people living with a disability are accommodated in a safe and more suitable space.


"The residence at Coolbinia will provide disability and social support for individuals with complex needs in a home-like environment.


"Initiatives such as From Hospital to Home will also help alleviate system pressures by making more beds available in Western Australia's hospitals for people requiring acute care.


"We are continuing to work with the Commonwealth Government on initiatives which ease the transition from hospital to home, to ensure the best care and support for people with disability."