Hospital admission risk program (HARP)

Reducing the need for hospital for people with chronic health issues

HARP provides support to clients who have long-term health conditions. We provide coordinated care to better manage your condition and prevent hospital admission.

Service details

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

The program provides information and support to people with long-term chronic health conditions. If you have a chronic health condition and are overwhelmed with your health care needs we can help manage your condition.

Examples of a long-term chronic health condition include:

  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Chronic Respiratory Disease

Our team has specialists including:

  • Doctors
  • Nurses
  • social worker
  • physiotherapists
  • pharmacists
  • podiatrists
  • dieticians
  • care coordinators

We work with clients to establish sustainable community supports and link them with appropriate services like medical clinics, education programs and exercise programs.

Fees & eligibility

Adults with long-term chronic health conditions

If you have recently been admitted to hospital, or are at risk of being admitted to hospital in the City of Moreland, Moonee Valley and City of Melbourne (i.e. Royal Melbourne Hospital or other hospital) you can ask your doctor to make a referral.

A medical referral via your Doctor can be made via the Direct Access Unit at Melbourne Health (Ph 8387 2333).

Clients can also be referred to the HARP program directly from the following hospitals:

  • Royal Melbourne Hospital; or
  • another hospital where Royal Melbourne Hospital is the primary hospital;
  • another hospital in City of Moreland, Moonee Valley and City of Melbourne.

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

There is no cost for this service.

Available at 1 locations

Opening hours

Mon 9:00am - 4:00pm
Tue 9:00am - 4:00pm
Wed 9:00am - 4:00pm
Thu 9:00am - 4:00pm
Fri 9:00am - 4:00pm

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