Deal to transfer elderly from hospital to community care providers will free up beds


Fiona Stanley Hospital head of care of the elderly Bhaskar Mandal, WA Health Minister John Day, Federal Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt and intern doctor Daniel Chu on the ward.
Fiona Stanley Hospital head of care of the elderly Bhaskar Mandal, WA Health Minister John Day, Federal Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt and intern doctor Daniel Chu on the ward.

ELDERLY patients will be transferred out of hospital to community care providers to free up 75 beds in Perth’s hospitals before winter.

The deal between the State and Federal governments was announced on January 31.

Fiona Stanley Hospital is expected to reap some benefit from the deal. A hospital representative said 44 patients at Fiona Stanley and Fremantle Hospital combined were waiting for a Transition Care Program bed last winter.

The deal frees up the equivalent of two hospital wards.

Federal Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt and State Health Minister John Day made the announcement together at Fiona Stanley.

“This is a win-win for the community, ensuring we have more beds available while delivering extra value for West Australian taxpayers,” Mr Day said.

“It is fundamental to our strategy to streamline care and increase health system throughput in preparation for the busiest time of year.”

The Federal Government has agreed to contribute 62.5 per cent of the cost of 60 of the 75 beds. The State will pay $4.3 million towards the remaining percentage, including an extra 15 beds.

Allocation of the new aged care places will start in April after a tender process.

The funding arrangement will continue for 18 months.