From the Department of Health:
- Acute services are often short in length of stay and generally provided by public and private hospitals;
- Acute conditions are those that come on sharply and are often brief, intense and/or severe.
- Post-acute services provide follow-up care after a person’s hospital stay, often by allied health services, and can include admitted or community-based rehabilitation
- have complex and multiple causes;
- may affect individuals either alone or as comorbidities;
- usually have a gradual onset, although they can have sudden onset and acute stages;
- occur across the life cycle, although they become more prevalent with older age;
- can compromise quality of life and create limitations and disability;
- are long-term and persistent, and often lead to a gradual deterioration of health and loss of independence; and
- while not usually immediately life threatening, are the most common and leading cause of premature mortality.
- Concurrent supports are supports that continue to be provided to a NDIS participant through the NDIS at the same time as they are accessing mainstream health systems.
- A diagnosis is a decision and advice provided by a practitioner using clinical judgment to determine a person’s symptoms and the possible condition causing these symptoms.
- Palliative care is treatment, care and support for people living with a life-limiting illness.
Time limited (non-ongoing)
- where the predominant purpose is treatment directly related to the person’s health status; or
- provided after a recent medical or surgical event, with the aim of improving the person’s functional status, including rehabilitation or post-acute care.