Department of Health

Key messages

  • The framework aims to develop an evidence-based approach to guide subacute planning.
  • The framework outlines two planning processes; a subacute capability framework and the methodology for quantifying current and future demand through access planning benchmarking.
  • The framework encompasses the following services: admitted rehabilitation, admitted Geriatric Evaluation Management and the Health Independence Program.

Planning the future of Victoria’s sub-acute service system: a capability and access planning framework - February 2013 outlines a comprehensive strategy to ensure fair access to high-quality, integrated subacute services across Victoria.


Victoria’s vision is for a modern, integrated subacute services system aimed to better meet the complex health care needs and expectations of individuals and the community.

A key focus of program and policy development includes better alignment and integration of community-based programs to support the discharge from admitted services and to prevent or substitute hospitalisation.


The subacute planning framework will develop an evidence-based approach to guide planning towards equity of access and consistency of service quality.

Key features of framework

Key features of the subacute services capability framework are that it:

  • develops explicit expectations about service standards, scope of practice and resources required to deliver subacute services at designated level
  • allows an expected subacute service profile to be developed to aid planning at metropolitan, regional and statewide levels
  • develops statewide benchmarks to measure access to subacute services currently, and into the future.

Subacute services

The subacute services are:

  • admitted rehabilitation services
  • admitted Geriatric Evaluation and Management (GEM)
  • Health Independence Program (HIP).

Reviewed 05 October 2015


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