Latest News for Day Hospital Sector


Posted : 19.10.18: Tax cuts for small business | good news for Day Hospitals

The Prime Minister has announced tax cuts for ­small and medium-sized ­businesses which will commence in 2021-22.  This will result in a reduced tax rate to 25% five years earlier than originally planned.  This Legislation will be tabled in Parliament, expected to be this week, with the majority of Senate expected to support the Legislation.

Posted : 01.10.18: 2018 Conference has now concluded | 19-21 September in Victoria

We were delighted to welcome almost 300 delegates to the 2018 Day Hospitals Australia National Conference held last week (19 – 21 September), held at the Pullman Melbourne Albert Park in Melbourne.

We wish to again thank our Sponsors and Trade Exhibitors for their strong support and participation in our conference, which were also integral to the success of this year’s conference.

The conference theme, Rapid changes in healthcare, is your hospital keeping up’ addressed the many challenges impacting the day hospital sector.  Delegates heard from three interesting and inspiring keynote speakers – Michael Bunting, Matt Schlapfer and Rob Edwards and 20 speakers from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines who shared their experiences, research and knowledge with delegates.  Some of the highlights included presentations from Sarah Butler who spoke about the Future of Health, and a practical and hands on presentation about recent changes to the AS4187 Standard by James Kyriakou.  We also welcomed Dwayne Crombie who presented information about Bupa and their current strategy in the Australian market.

Overall, the 2018 Day Hospitals Australia National Conference was another success and we thank everyone who attended and who were involved in making this a conference to remember.   

We hope to see many of you back when we hold our next Day Hospitals Australia National Conference at the Adelaide Convention Centre from 11 – 13 September 2019!

Posted : 31.08.18: NSW Day Surgery Nurses Association – Celebrating 25 years

Our CEO was delighted to be invited to present a paper at the 25th Anniversary Conference of the NSW Day Surgery Nurses Association on 25 August.  The Presentation was titled ‘Day hospitals the future of elective treatment’.  It was pleasing that this topic generated questions and positive feedback.  Day Hospitals Australia congratulates the NSW DSNA and it’s team on 25 years of the Association.

Posted : 31.08.18: Announcement | New partnership agreement signed with Health Legal to benefit members

Day Hospitals Australia is delighted to announce the signing of a new partnership agreement with Health Legal to benefit members.  Health Legal uniquely focuses on the needs of the health sector and provides contract advice and templates, regulatory and medico-legal advice and legislative compliance services.  More information can be seen on our Industry Members page.

Posted : 24.07.18: My Health Record opt out 3-month period has commenced (16 July – 15 October 2018)

The Australian Digital Health Agency (the Agency) issued a Media Release on Monday (16 July) ‘My Health Record – Australians to decide on a smarter and safer way to share their important healthcare information’.  As part of the expansion of My Health Record, all Australians will be able to decide if they want a My Health Record – an online summary of their key health information where they can store, access and share their important health information.  By the end of 2018, a My Health Record will be created for every Australian, unless they choose not to have one.  If people choose not to have a My Health Record they will be able to opt out of having one created for them during a three-month period, starting on 16 July and ending on 15 October 2018.  Click here to read the Agency’s Media Release dated 16 July 2018.


The ACSQHC advised on 21 May that Consultation is now open for the NSQHS Standards Guide for Governing Bodies.   The deadline for feedback is 22 June 2018.

The ACSQHC is seeking feedback on the draft resources to support the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards (second edition).  The resources aim to assist health service organisations to implement and prepare for assessment to the NSQHS Standards (2nd ed.).

Click here to view or download the guide, consultation questions and instructions for submitting a response online or by email, mail or fax.

Your feedback will help ensure that this resource is useful, easy to understand, and applicable to you and your organisation.

The NSQHS Standards (2nd ed.) and implementation resources are available on the ACSQHC website.

Questions?  The ACSQHC can be contacted about the public consultation on these resources by T:  1800 304 056, or at


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The Australian Digital Health Agency has provided a Media Release dated 14 May 2018 announcing the three month My Health Record opt out date that will precede the national expansion.  Every Australian will be offered a record, unless they choose not to have one during the three month opt out period that will run from 16 July to 15 October 2018.  Click here to view the full media release.


The ACSQHC advised on 30 April that further implementation resources to support the National Safety & Quality Health Service Standards (NSQHS) (second edition) are now available on the ACSQHC website

For more information and the relevant links please click here to view the full advice from the ACSQHC.


Bupa’s decision to cease no-gap medical cover for their members seeking treatment in non-contracted  hospitals raises many concerns for consumers and private day and overnight  hospitals.

Consumers electing to use their private Bupa insurance after entering a public hospital for emergency treatment will no longer be covered under the no-gap medical cover that they may have on their Bupa policy.

It is relevant to note that 37% of day hospitals (i.e., over 126), and 8% of private overnight hospitals do not have agreements with BUPA (information obtained from Bupa’s website).

There are concerns regarding Bupa’s future strategy for  private health care in Australia.  These concerns were reflected in Day Hospitals Australia’s submission to the 2017 Senate enquiry where it was advised that “some of the major health funds are advising their members to go to another hospital rather than attend where their doctor has organised their admission, advising the member that the particular hospital does not have a contract and therefore they will not be covered for their scheduled treatment at that hospital”.

Day Hospitals Australia applauds the actions of the  Minister for Health, The Hon. Greg Hunt MP, in referring the recent actions of Bupa to the Private Health Insurance Ombudsman.

We are monitoring and seeking advice on this issue.