Deeble Institute Think Tank - Hospital avoidance and prevention

Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Venue: Rydges on Swanston, 701 Swanston Street
Date: 23 May 2017 9:00am to 23 May 2017 05:00pm

Targeting reduction in preventable hospitalisations is a specific objective of health care reform in Australia, with the aim of improving patients’ outcomes, reducing pressure on hospitals and enhancing health system efficiency and cost-effectiveness.  Measuring preventable hospitalisations also provides important insights into how well health systems are performing in keeping Australians healthy and out of hospital.

Preventable hospitalisations are those that may have been avoided by improved chronic disease management and timely access and appropriate provision of non-hospital health services, or better identification of patients at risk of hospital readmission and improved discharge planning and follow up.

This Think Tank features academics from the Deeble Institute who seek to to answer the question: How should the health system respond to the growing pressure to reduce the rates of preventable hospitalisations?

Presentations will include:

  • Value capture as a means of financing patient-centred health care homes across Australia
    Stephen Jan, Head, Health Economics and Process Evaluation Program, Office of the Chief Scientist, Professor, Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney, NHMRC Principal Research Fellow
  • Features of older people who represent within 30 days of discharge
    Associate Professor Laurie Grealish, Griffith University, Registered Nurse, Subacute aged care at GCHHS
  • Victorian Asthma Event
    Paul Holman ASM, Director, Emergency Management Ambulance Victoria
  • Using an allied health led model of care to treat slow stream rehab and GEMS patients to free up acute hospital beds
    Dr Tracy Comans, Health Economist, Griffith University

More presentations to be announced shortly.


This Think Tank is presented with the support of HESTA.

The Think Tank will follow on from the End-of-life care: the next steps workshop and the AHHA Council Dinner. Discounted pricing is available for those who wish to attend all three events. To do this, please register at:

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