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Hospital discharge times are shortened

More than 1,000 disabled patients in hospital will be discharged more quickly under a new agreement.

Minister Bill Shorten, the National Disability Insurance Scheme, struck a deal Friday with its counterparts in Melbourne state and territory to help patients leave hospital faster.

The plan will target 1,100 NDIS recipients in medical facilities – some for several months – while they wait for suitable accommodation to be made available.

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Reducing the high number of NDIS appeals to the Administrative Appeals Board through the development of another dispute resolution process will also be a top priority.

Disabled patients will be prioritized in Australia’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, in the seven-point plan pledged by state and territory leaders.

With winter underway, ministers will ensure people with disabilities have access to rapid antigen testing, personal protective equipment and booster shots.

They will also try to identify high-risk environments for people with disabilities.

The terms of reference for the planned revision of the NDIS in 2023 will be mapped earlier to move it forward.

The agreement includes improving early childhood support and educational services for children with disabilities.

A new chief executive for the National Disability Insurance Agency will be hired after the resignation of former head Martin Hoffman, who will step down from his position in early July.

Disabled ministers will meet again at the end of July to work on the commitments.

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