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Bed Block Project

Indigenous Services

Bed Block Project

In response to the Independent Commission of Audit's final report, the Queensland Government has committed to reducing the demand on Queensland's Hospitals.


Queensland Health facilities across the Far North Queensland (FNQ) region were accommodating up to 14 clients not requiring acute care. These individuals presented with a range of disabilities that called for sustainable specialist disability support provision.


The impact to both the Queensland Government and the cohort is overwhelmingly damaging. The Queensland Government pay a substantially higher amount to accommodate the cohort in a medical setting than would be required to support the individuals within specialist disability service provision. The detrimental impacts of inappropriate accommodation to the individual manifests itself in a number of ways including increased incidences of complex behaviours and a deterioration in the individual's general and mental health.


Synapse worked with the Department of Communities, Child Safety, and Disability Services to transition up to 14 people with a disability who were residing in Queensland Health Facilities in Far North Queensland into appropriate supported accommodation. Transition and support plans were delivered in order to ensure clients receive appropriate support and mitigate the risk of re-admission to Queensland Health Facilities. Development and support of service providers will form part of the project and will further contribute to the sustainability of service provision to each client.


The project was undertaken over a six month period and culminated in the development of a comprehensive report detailing the achievements of the project measured against the agreed deliverables.


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