Metro South Health needs YOUR help to find solutions to our greatest challenges. We want to connect with you as partner individuals and organisations and invite you to work with the Metro South Health Futures Lab to inject fresh thinking into health service challenges.

Join us and jam! Share your ideas about our current challenge below.

Challenge Context

Hospitals are an integral element of the Australian health services landscape, providing specialist health care services, complex medical and surgical procedures, and rehabilitation and mental health services.

We know from a patient perspective however, that when people are well enough, the best ongoing care and recovery environment is not in hospitals—it is in the community, close to family, social support and local health and community care services including their general practitioner, allied health professional or pharmacist, and community programs.

But there are several issues that can and do delay a patient’s timely discharge and result in a patient being ‘stranded’ in hospital, including: waiting for more tests, lack of suitable community accommodation or other supports, lack of supportive equipment to continue their care in the community, lack of transport, waiting for disability or health care packages, poor access to or utilisation of  technology to continue their recovery at home, and more.

If patients are staying longer in hospital than they need to be because they are stranded, it means others who are really sick do not have a place to go because our hospitals are full. This puts stress on a health system that is already under pressure.

Addressing the issue of stranded patients and patient recovery in the community will not only benefit patients, their families and carers, it will also help to improve access to existing hospital beds.


Challenge Prompt Questions

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How to jam!

Click on Register above to quickly and easily register to submit new ideas for the challenge, or to read, vote and add to others' ideas. If you want to browse only, no registration is required. If you need help on how to use this platform, see the link at the bottom of this page. The jam will close Friday 31st of May.

What happens next?

If your idea is selected, you could be invited to join a team of collaborators during the Design phase. Over nine weeks and with expert guidance, the team will refine your idea, and rapidly develop and test tangible solutions. For more details about our process and how you can participate see our website or contact the Futures Lab team.