AIHW Board AIHW senior staff Annual report Capability statement Collaboration Customer care charter FOI - freedom of information Indexed list of files Organisation chart Presentations Privacy of data Public consultation Public Interest Disclosure Strategic Directions 2011-2014 Tenders
By category Ageing, disability & carers Families & children Hospitals Housing & homelessness Indigenous Australians Population groups Risk factors, diseases & death Services, workforce & spending
By subject Adoptions Aged care Ageing Alcohol & other drugs Arthritis & musculoskeletal conditions Asthma Australia's health Australia's welfare Burden of disease Cancer Cardiovascular health Child health, development & wellbeing Child protection Children's services Chronic diseases
Chronic kidney disease Chronic respiratory conditions Deaths Dementia Dental & oral health Diabetes Disability Expenditure Eye health Food & nutrition Health indicators Homelessness Hospitals Housing assistance Indigenous Australians Injury Life expectancy
Male health Mental health Mothers & babies National health priority areas Overweight & obesity Palliative care Population health Prisoner health Risk factors Rural health Safety & quality of health care Veterans' health Workforce Youth health & wellbeing Youth justice
In other sections Data Publications Contact AIHW
Publications CatalogueOrdering publicationsForthcoming publicationsOnline reportsRate our publication effectivenessSubscribe to release notices
By subject Adoptions Aged care Ageing Alcohol & other drugs Arthritis & musculoskeletal conditions Asthma Australia's health Australia's welfare Burden of disease Cancer Cardiovascular health Child health, development & wellbeing Child protection Children's services Chronic diseases Chronic kidney disease
Chronic respiratory conditions Corporate publications Data linkage Data standards Deaths Dental & oral health Diabetes Disability Expenditure Eye health Food & nutrition General practice Health indicators Homelessness Hospitals Housing assistance Indigenous Australians Indigenous housing
Injury Life expectancy Male health Mental health services Mothers & babies National health priority areas Overweight & obesity Palliative care Population health Prisoner health Risk factors Rural health Safety & quality of health care Veterans' health Workforce Youth health & wellbeing Youth justice
In other sections Subjects Data Contact AIHW
About AIHW data METeOR—metadata online registry Data by subject Catalogue of holdings of AIHW data Customised data analysis request Data governance framework Data linking Data standards Privacy of data
By subject Adoptions Aged care Alcohol and other drugs Alcohol data sources Body weight data sources Cancer Children's headline indicators (CHI) National Aged Care Data Clearinghouse Chronic disease indicators Deaths
Disability Expenditure FHBH - Fixing houses for better health General practice (GP) data Hospitals Height and weight data sources Indigenous Australians International collaboration Maternity Information Matrix (MIM)
Medical indemnity Mental health National indicator catalogue National core maternity indicators (NCMI) Perinatal data Risk factors statistics Specialist Homelessness Services (SHS) Tobacco data sources Workforce
In other sections Subjects Publications Contact AIHW
AACR ACFADD AHSAC AIHW Board AIHW Ethics Committee AODTS NMDS WG CKDMAC CMAG CSDWG CVDMAC HEAC HHIMG
IGIHM JJ RIG MHISSC NAGATSIHID NCIAG NCSIMG NDDWG NDIMG NHISSC NIAG NIRAPIMG NMDD
NMDS NMHPSC NOPSAD NPDDC NPHEP NPHIC PCDWG PDWG PHIDG PHIG REDWG Workforce committees YIAG
Education worksheets Infographics What's in the pipeline Subscribe to education notices Other educational links
Worksheets by subject All Latest Ageing Australia's health Australia's welfare Carers
Children & youth Disability Disease Drugs
Health Health prevention Indigenous Australians Injury
In other sections Subjects Data Publications Contact AIHW
Job vacancies How to apply for a position at the AIHW Conditions of employment Benefits of working for the AIHW Temporary employment register Occupational Training Program Contact the People Unit Graduates
AIHW Access magazine Media releases Subscribe to release notices Media FAQ Media contacts
You are here:
The Transition Care Program or TCP, which is jointly funded by the Australian Government and all state and territory governments, significantly improves outcomes for older Australians leaving hospital, according to a report released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).
The report, Older people leaving hospital: A statistical overview of the Transition Care Program in 2008-09, shows that among those who completed the program almost 75% had improved functional capacity and independence, with about 19% maintaining their existing level of function.
The Transition Care Program (TCP) provides short-term care to older Australians who are eligible for residential aged care after they leave hospital.
‘The program began in 2005-06, helping 861 people in this initial year,’ said AIHW spokesperson Brent Diverty.
Additional places have been added each year, and in 2008-09 the number of people receiving help grew to about 12,600.
‘Older people often lose functional capacity during a hospital stay, so the program aims to improve their independence and functioning, while also giving them and their families some time to think about long-term care arrangements,’ Mr Diverty said.
‘While the ultimate objective is to encourage independent living, transition care is also designed to allow those requiring further care to enter residential aged care at the best level of functioning possible.’
Of the people who left transition care in 2008-09, 50% were able to return to the community—35% with a community aged care service in place, and 15% totally independently. For these people, the median length of transition care ranged from 8 to 11 weeks.
Just over 20% of recipients returned to hospital, after an average of 3 weeks.
Just under 20% entered residential aged care—13% requiring a high level of care and 6% with low-care needs. On average, these people stayed in transition care for about 6 weeks.
Transition care is flexible and is customised to the needs of the individual. The services may include personal care, medical and nursing support, case management and low-intensity therapy.
The AIHW is a major national agency set up by the Australian Government to provide reliable, regular and relevant information and statistics on Australia's health and welfare.
Canberra, 2 June 2011
Further information: Mr Brent Diverty, AIHW, tel. (02) 6249 5096, mob. 0438 471 352
For media copies of the report: Publications Officer (02) 6244 1032
Full report: Older people leaving hospital: A statistical overview of the Transition Care Program in 2008-09