Latest News for Day Hospital Sector


Posted : 22.04.19: Department of Health – Caretaker Role and website

The Commonwealth Department of Health is now in a caretaker period, and until there is a clear election result the Department is restricted in its activities. Any actions taken during this period should not bind or limit actions of an incoming Government.

The Department has advised that there will be no weekly emails during the caretaker period unless there is an urgent requirement to do so. The Department may not have the ability to provide advice or respond to queries during the caretaker period.

In addition, some material regarding private health insurance reforms have been removed from the Department of Health’s website for the period of caretaker, however factual information about the reforms can be found here.

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.

Posted : 22.01.19: Day Hospitals Australia announces newly appointed Chairperson to join in March

The Board of Directors is delighted to announce the appointment of our new Chairperson, Mr Philip Truskett, who will commence on 4 March 2019.  Mr Philip Truskett AM is a General Surgeon.  He is the immediate Past President of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) and General Surgeons Australia, Current Chair of the Council of Presidents of Medical Colleges and is the RACS representative on the Private Health Ministerial Advisory Committee (PHMAC).

Posted : 13.12.18: Next International Congress on Ambulatory Surgery (IAAS), 27-29 May 2019, Portugal
The next International Congress on Ambulatory Surgery (IAAS) is being held on 27 to 29 May next year in Porto in Portugal.  The preliminary Scientific Programme is available on the 2019 Congress website.  Day Hospitals Australia is the joint Australian representative, with the Australian Day Surgery Nurses Association (ADSNA), on the IAAS General Assembly.
Posted : 13.12.18: Australian Parliament passes Legislation to strengthen My Health Record privacy

Following the announcement on 26 November that the Australian Parliament had passed the My Health Records Amendment (Strengthening Privacy) Bill 2018 (click here to view), the Australian Digital Health Agenda has revised the summary of changes on their website.

Posted : 23.11.18: 44.9% of the Australian population now have Private Health Insurance Hospital Treatment cover

The latest quarterly APRA report shows 44.9% of the Australian population (or 11,254,007 people) now have private health insurance Hospital Treatment cover, down 0.2% (or 5,256 insured persons) from the previous June 2018 quarter.  A full copy of the report can be seen on the APRA website.