Latest News for Day Hospital Sector


Posted : 12.12.19: ACSQHC AS 4187:2014 revised Advisory – 12 December

This Advisory replaces the previous version of AS18/07.  It provides detailed guidance on requirements to meet the NSQHS Standard Preventing and Controlling Healthcare-Associated Infection Standard, Action 3.14.  Please note this has been confirmed as the final version of the Advisory, and is not another Draft.

It specifies requirements in relation to implementing AS/NZS 4187:2014 and provides specific guidance on:

  • Segregation of clean and dirty activities
  • Design of storage areas for sterile stock
  • Replacement of AS/NZS 4187:2014 non-compliant cleaning, disinfecting and sterilising equipment
  • Monitoring requirements for water quality.

Assessment to this Advisory commences with its release.  Click here to view a copy of the 12 December 2019 Advisory.

Posted : 20.09.19: 2019 Conference Wrap-up

Thank you to the 306 delegates, sponsors, trade exhibitors, invited guests and speakers who attended the 2019 Day Hospitals Australia National Conference (11 – 13 September) at the Adelaide Convention Centre.  It was a fantastic learning and networking opportunity and we thank everyone involved in making this a conference to remember.

Delegates were able to gain insight from our international guests Bill Prentice, Dr Ian Jackson and Dr Michael Kent, who shared their knowledge of same day surgery in the UK and USA.  Keynote speakers Robyn Moore and Derrick McManus provided insights into human performance, management and resilience and Panel Discussions were held to explore moving more advanced procedures into the day hospital sector and how we can contribute to the sustainability of the private health sector.

We acknowledge and appreciate all those Sponsors and Trade who enthusiastically supported and attended this year’s conference, and our sector – our sincere thanks go to Gold Sponsor – Mediprotect; Silver Plus Sponsor – CK Surgitech;  Coffee Cart Sponsor – MAIA Financial;  Evening Reception Sponsor – Premis Solutions;  Event App Sponsor – Air Liquide Healthcare;  Silver Sponsors – Stryker and Resolutions;  Corporate Sponsors – Dox Medical Records and Direct CONTROL;  Catering Sponsor – Levitch Design Australia;  Delegate Breakfast Sponsor – Sterequip,  International Speaker Sponsor – BUPA Media Sponsor – The Australian Hospital & Healthcare Bulletin;  and to NIB for their support of the conference.

Posted : 04.07.19: PHA releases new National Private Patient Hospital Claim Form

Private Healthcare Australia (PHA) undertook a consultation on the National Private Patient Hospital Claim Form, Day Hospitals Australia provided input.  The National Private Patient Hospital Claim Form is the standard national form to be completed for payment of benefits by health funds for all admitted patient claims for all privately insured patients in private and public hospitals and day hospital facilities in Australia.  A copy of the form and guidance document can be found on the PHA website.   Hospitals are encouraged to use the new form from 1 July 2019.

Posted : 04.07.19: AIHW releases Hospital Resources 2017-18: Australian hospital statistics

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) yesterday released the above report.  In 2016–17 about 69% ($10.8 billion) of private hospital funding was non-government, including:

  • private health insurance funds ($7.8 billion)
  • individuals (or out-of-pocket expenses $1.8 billion)
  • other ($1.2 billion).

Further information and a copy of the report can be found on the AIHW website.

Posted : 17.04.19: PHI Reforms Information

Day Hospitals Australia provides five fact sheets to assist day hospitals in understanding recent changes to private health insurance legislation, and how they affect day hospitals.

Different parts of the changes take effect on 1 January 2019 and 1 April 2019, and will be fully implemented by 1 April 2020. Details of the implementation times are set out in the fact sheets.
Day hospitals may use these resources to educate staff and other relevant persons such as medical practitioners practising at the day hospitals about the changes.

All fact sheets contain references to resources published by the Commonwealth Department of Health in relation to each topic.

The topics of the five fact sheets are:

  • Second Tier Default Benefits
  • Gold/Silver/Bronze/Basic tiers of private health insurance covering hospital treatment
  • Standardisation of clinical categories under private health insurance tiers
  • Changed powers of the Private Health Insurance Ombudsman
  • Changes to Prostheses Benefits for Medical Devices

Click here for a copy of the fact sheets. 

Posted : 20.03.19: Update | My Health Record

Health care facilities are reminded of the following steps to assist in connecting to My Health Record.  It is a requirement under the NSQHS Standards to be connected to My Health Record.

Registration and Connection Resources:

Policy and Security Resources:

Checklists and resources are available on the My Health Record website:

Education Resources:

Posted : 22.01.19: Day Hospitals Australia | 2018 : A Year in Review

We are proud to look back and share this snapshot of the achievements made by Day Hospitals Australia and in the Day Hospital sector in 2018.  Please click here to view.