Hospital Admission Risk Program (HARP)

Support for people with long-term health problems to help them manage at home better and reduce the need for hospital admission

Extra care when you’re in hospital often

Melbourne Health’s Hospital Admission Risk Program (HARP) provides information and support to people with long-term chronic conditions who are overwhelmed with their health care needs and want help to manage their condition.

Our team has specialist doctors, nurses, social workers, physiotherapists, pharmacists, podiatrists, occupational therapists, dieticians and care coordinators working together to help clients understand their condition and treatment so they can manage at home better.

Our short term care coordinators and service facilitators work with clients to establish sustainable community supports and link them with appropriate services like medical clinics, education programs and exercise programs.

HARP is provided in partnership with The Royal Melbourne Hospital, cohealth,  Merri Health and Bolton Clarke (formerly the Royal District Nursing Service (RDNS)).

What do I need to do?
A medical referral is required via the Direct Access Unit at Melbourne Health (Ph 8387 2333) from:

  • Royal Melbourne Hospital; or
  • another hospital in City of Moreland, Moonee Valley and City of Melbourne; or
  • another hospital where Royal Melbourne Hospital is the primary hospital; or
  • your doctor – where there is a high risk of going to Royal Melbourne Hospital (patients must be medically stable, and the GP must agree that treatment can be provided safely in the patient’s home).

People in other metropolitan regions of Melbourne should contact their primary hospital (eg Western Health about HARP,  St Vincents HARP, Northern Health, Austin Health or Alfred Health) to find out more about their local HARP services.

What will it cost me?
There is no cost for this service.

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