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SFNSW Media Release re AIHW Report
September 21, 2016 - Rob Ramjan

Hospital stays for people with mental illness avoidable. New report highlights need for investment to ease pressure on hospital system

(22 September 2016) A report released today from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has highlighted that overnight hospital stays for people with mental illness accounted for 14% of all nights that Australians spent in hospital in 2013/2014.

“The majority of readmissions (30%) occur within the first three months post-discharge. Suicide is most frequent in the first two weeks after leaving hospital, with most occurring on the first day. “One of the most vulnerable times for someone with a mental illness is post-discharge. We need to ensure that when they leave hospital that they are transitioned into a safe, secure and supported environment. SFNSW’s Hospital 2 Home program was highly successful in filling this very need.

“Of our Hospital 2 Home participants since December 2015, zero people have presented at emergency and none have been readmitted to hospital.” Despite its success, SFNSW’s Hospital 2 Home program has recently been defunded. See the Hospital 2 Home video on the RHS. Read the full media release and view the AIHW report.

ABC NewsSeptember 22, 2016

Adelaide tops mental health hospitalisation rates, while ACT records lowest, new data shows

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