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
“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.
September 22, 2016
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