QCAT comes to us

There are a significant number of patients who await a QCAT hearing for determination of their ability to make decisions for themselves and then have a legal decision maker (Guardian) appointed. During that time they are a well patient in an acute hospital bed and it can often be months (2-3 at times) until their hearing - which is also off site. Patients have also generally had a significantly long stay prior to their QCAT application being lodged. The outcomes for long stay patient's are often poor with iatrogenic injury risk high, malnutrition risk high and loss of ability to care for themselves as they become institutionalised. 

It should be negotiated with QCAT to have regular hearings based here at the hospital (Logan) - say once per month or fortnight depending on the demand. This would significantly reduce the waiting time and save a significant number of bed days. 


Why the contribution is important

Patient experience - not being in hospital any longer than you need to be. Lower risk of iatrogenic injury, loss of functional ability and better health outcomes over all

Organisation benefit - reduction of well patients in acute beds - acute bed days

Person centred care


by RosieK on May 30, 2019 at 10:05AM

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  • Posted by cathy May 30, 2019 at 14:09

    This is a major barrier to discharge. Some HHS have managed to expedite QCAT hearings, however I concur we wait 3 -4 months for a hearing. Unable to progress discharge and clients are disadvantaged as a result: financially, psychologically and physically. Major barrier to discharge
  • Posted by bcargill May 31, 2019 at 11:04

    There is a precedent in that there are QCAT hearings at the PAH however there is still often a wait for a hearing. The issue about delays in QCAT hearings I don't think isn't about availabilities of venues its about how many hearings QCAT has.
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