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The NDIA has adopted planning targets to assist in faster planning processes for NDIS participants in hospital. Accordingly, a NDIS participant will be contacted by the NDIA within four days and a plan will be in place within four weeks. Additional Hospital Liaison Officers have been deployed to assist in working on hospital discharge planning.

2) As of 30 September 2022, there were 27 NDIS participants at Canberra Hospital and 24 at the University of Canberra Hospital.

3) This information cannot be provided as it is pertaining to personal health information of individual consumers.

4) As above.

5) CHS does not provide average cost per bed day as there is significant variability in costs across medical specialties, care types and individual episodes of care. To determine an “average cost” per admitted NDIS participant, CHS would require significant additional resourcing to identify NDIS participants from the general patient cohort, which is not always possible unless the patient discloses this information and calculate the cost of each individual’s episode of care.

Data on hospital costs are provided by the Independent Health and Aged Care Pricing Authority:

The 2019-20 Public Sector, Round 24 Financial Year data that includes acute, sub-acute, emergency, non-admitted and mental health costs can be found here:

NHCDC Round 24 Report_0_0.pdf (

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare also provide this information:

Hospitals - Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (

Canberra Health Services—staff welfare
(Question No 895)

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

(1) Given that The Canberra Times article of 7 June 2022, quoted the Chief Executive Officer of Canberra Health Services (CHS) as saying, “We have listened to feedback that we should do more, particularly to support those who experience traumatic events through their work at CHS”, can the Minister provide details on what that feedback was.

(2) Given that in the media the wife of an obstetrician who had died said that the hospital “will try to address the issues surrounding the care of its staff on a deeper level. I implore them to work diligently towards that goal”, can the Minister detail what
(a) action CHS has taken since the obstetrician’s death on this issue and
(b) involvement has staff had in this process.

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