Rapid Discharge

Aiming to strengthen healthcare support systems in the Ballarat area and assisting health care professionals, palliative care patients, their families, and carers to smoothly transition from hospital to home.

Full project title:

Sustainable Service Integration to meet the choices of people requiring palliative care and wanting to be discharged from acute hospital to home for ongoing care and to die at home: Rapid Discharge

Project partners:

  • Ballarat Hospice Care Inc. (grant recipient)
  • Grampians Regional Palliative Care Team
  • Ballarat Health Services


Funding:  Victorian Department of Health and Human Services, 2019 Palliative Care Service Innovation and Development Grant

Project run time:  September 2019 – June 2021

Ethics:  Full HREA approved by BHS and StJoG Healthcare Human Research Ethics Committee (ERM 64367)


Being cared for and dying in the comfort of home, surrounded by loved ones is desired by many people.

Nevertheless, at the end of life, people are often admitted to acute hospital, sometimes repeatedly.

Despite a preference to be cared for or to die at home, the discharge may be delayed for many reasons and sometimes does not happen at all.

By strengthening processes we aim to reduce delays in returning the patient to home.

The ‘Rapid Discharge’ research project aims to strengthen healthcare systems in the Ballarat and Grampians area to assist health care professionals, patients, their families, and carers in a smooth transition from acute hospital to home at the end of life.

The project

Objective:  To develop, implement and evaluate an evidence-based shared acute hospital and community model of palliative and end of life care.

We will

  • identify and strengthen local enablers
  • identify local barriers and solutions
  • consider the perspectives and experiences of everyone involved (healthcare workers, patients, families, carers and service providers)


Publications and presentations

Project summary – Rapid Discharge Research Project Summary(July 2021)

A video is now available for other researchers or anyone seeking to implement a similar system. It provides an overview of the project and its outcomes.