Page 3513 - Week 10 - Thursday, 20 October 2022

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The below table provides the ACT average cost per episode for acute admitted patients since 2016-17. This is all acute patients, and not limited to maternity/birthing units.

Activity Stream

ACT Average
Cost 2016-17

ACT Average
Cost 2017-18

ACT Average
Cost 2018-19

ACT Average
Cost 2019-20

ACT Average Cost 2020-21

Admitted Acute






Hospitals—National Disability Insurance Scheme patients
(Question No 894)

Ms Castley asked the Minister for Disability, upon notice, on 23 September 2022:

(1) How many days have each of the 18 National Disability Insurance Scheme patients in Canberra hospitals been there.

(2) Can the Minister provide a breakdown of how many are in what hospitals.

(3) Can the Minister provide, for each patient, the date when they were declared medically fit to leave hospital.

(4) Can the Minister provide, for each patient, the number of days between when they were declared fit to leave hospital and when they arrived.

(5) What is the average care/bed cost per day to treat these patients in hospital.

Ms Stephen-Smith: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

1) The number of NDIS participants in hospital at any given time is a dynamic number, which is also the case for the number of participants who are awaiting discharge.

On 30 September 2022, there were 51 NDIS participants in either the Canberra Hospital or University of Canberra Hospital. This figure represents the total number of consumers that were admitted and had a NDIS participant number on file at the time. It does not necessarily represent the number of people who can be discharged and not all NDIS participants may disclose they are a NDIS participant to Canberra Health Services (CHS) when they are admitted. The average length of stay for this group of individuals is 168 days. Individual data on length of stay cannot be provided as it pertains to personal health information of individual consumers.

Health Ministers and Disability Reform Ministers are working to address the issue of bed block in hospital systems. In the ACT, CHS, the Community Services Directorate and the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) are working together to expedite the discharge of people with disability from long stay hospital beds.

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