Department of Health

Better at Home initiative

Key messages

  • The 2022–23 Victorian Budget committed a $698 million package to deliver more hospital services within patients’ homes, through home-based and virtual care. This was in addition to the $120.9 million over 3 years that was announced in the 2020–21 Victorian Budget.
  • The funding will be allocated to health services based on applications submitted via their Health Service Partnership, in recognition of the benefits of health services working together in achieving transformation.

For over 25 years, Victorian health services have delivered a range of services in the home. Over 350,000 admitted bed days involving a range of clinical services are delivered in the home every year, enabling Victorians to enjoy more convenient and patient-centred care.

Local and global evaluations of home-based hospital services clearly show the benefits of this type of care, including better outcomes for patients, and significantly higher patient and carer satisfaction.

Better at Home initiative

Better at Home helps deliver more healthcare within patients’ homes where appropriate and preferred by the patient, through home-based and virtual care.

The initiative was first announced in the 2020–21 Victorian Budget, with a commitment to provide $120.9 million in funding over 3 years.

The 2022–23 Victorian Budget committed a further $698 million to expand the program to help more than 15,000 Victorians access home-based care each year, in addition to telehealth check-ups.

Better at Home funding supports the delivery of more acute, rehabilitation, geriatric evaluation and management, health independence program and specialist clinic services in the home.

The funding will be allocated to health services based on applications submitted via their Health Service Partnership, in recognition of the benefits of health services working together in achieving transformation.

The Department of Health is facilitating a webinar series to help share knowledge and information. Links to past webinars can be accessed below.

If you would like to find out more about the Better at Home initiative, or subscribe to our webinar series, please email BetterAtHome@health.vic.gov.au

Consumer resources

Home-based and virtual hospital care – Better Health Channel

Announcements

Delivering world class care for Victorians at home – May 2022

More support to recover at home – November 2020

Webinar series

Experiences and learnings in delivering the COVID+ Pathway – The North West Melbourne experience

Hospital in the Home in a Rural Community, Kate Beach, Colac Area Health

From Less to More – Transformational Growth of an Adult HITH service, Helen Richards, Monash Health

Patient Watch – Building the Hospital Without Walls, Don Campbell, Northern Health

Home Based Cancer Care framework and toolkit, Robyn Wilson, Grampians Public Health Unit

Home-based and community care models for mild and moderate COVID initiative

Home-based and community care models for mild and moderate COVID – transcript

Innovations in COVID care delivery – Northern Health Experience

Innovations in COVID care delivery – Northern Health Experience – transcript 

 

 

Reviewed 04 May 2022

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