Leaving hospital

Leaving hospital

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Recovery and your future health

There’s nothing like a trip to hospital to highlight how important your health is. If you’ve just come out of (or are still in) hospital and are keen to boost your recovery and improve your health, here’s how we could help*. 

If you’re still in hospital

The programs below can help eligible Nurses & Midwives Health members get home sooner, by providing care you’d otherwise have to stay in hospital for (which is why you may hear them called Hospital Substitute Services).

  • Hospital at home (e.g. certain types of wound care).
  • Rehab at home (e.g. at-home physio).

If you’re on one of these programs we check in with you during your recovery to make sure it’s helping, and that you’re doing okay.

Accessing the programs

First, ask your specialist (or medical team) if in-home care is a safe option for you. If you want support with this, you can call us on 1300 344 000. For us to pay for either of these services, it has to be in place of a hospital bed day and organised before you go home.

If you’re back at home

If you have one or more chronic conditions, you might be able to access a health program to help you manage it. This could be:

  • Care coordination – in this phone-based program, one of our highly experienced health professionals works with you and your GP to develop a tailored action plan based on your health goals. Your Teachers Healthcare Services personal care coordinator guides and supports you as you navigate your condition(s) and the healthcare system.

  • Mental wellness – telephone support from empathetic mental health professionals, personalised to your needs. This could include developing strategies to build resilience, manage anxiety and/or depression. Given the role nutrition and gut health can play in our mental health, the program includes phone consults with a Teachers Healthcare Services Accredited Practising Dietitian.

  • Nutrition plans – telephone support from a Teachers Healthcare Services Accredited Practising Dietitian. We create personalised nutrition plans to help you manage your chronic condition(s) and improve your overall health and wellbeing.

  • Osteoarthritis management – an 18-week program to help relieve the symptoms of osteoarthritis. This includes a weight loss nutrition plan, appropriate exercise, pain management education and health professional support.

Accessing the programs

The eligibility criteria for these programs vary and are dependent on your personal situation. To learn more, get in touch via our contact form.