Australia

Faster hospital discharge times for people with disabilities under new agreement, federal government says

More than 1,000 hospitalized patients with disabilities will be discharged more quickly under a new agreement.
National Disability Insurance Minister Bill Shorten signed a contract with his state and territory counterparts in Melbourne on Friday, to help expedite patients to leave the hospital.

The plan will address 1,100 NDIS recipients at their medical facility – some for several months – while waiting for appropriate arrangements to be made available.

Reducing the large number of NDIS appeals to the Administrative Court of Appeals through the development of another dispute resolution process will also be a top priority.
Patients with disabilities will be a priority in Australia’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, in a seven-point plan committed by state and territorial leaders.

With the winter beginning, ministers will work to ensure that people with disabilities have access to rapid antigen testing, PPE, and booster shots.

They will also try to identify high-risk environments for people with a disability.
The terms of reference for the planned 2023 NDIS review will be drawn up earlier to help bring it forward.
The agreement includes improved support for young children and education services for children with disabilities.
A new chief executive will be recruited for the National Disability Insurance Agency following the resignation of former chief Martin Hoffman, which ended in early July.

Disability ministers will meet again in late July to work on their commitments.

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