Hospital Substitute Programs

Hospital in the Home and Rehibiltation in the Home (HITH and RITH)

Sometimes a hospital stay is unavoidable but our aim is to help you get home as soon as possible, that’s why GMHBA offer Hospital in the Home (HITH) and Rehabilitation in the Home (RITH). Both services allow patients to be treated in the comfort of their own home.

What is Hospital in the home (HITH)?

HITH is an alternative to an in hospital stay. Patients are still regarded as hospital inpatients, and remain under the care of their hospital doctor. Care may be provided by a nurse, doctor or allied health professional, with additional home supports arranged as required.

Examples of services include:

  • Acute/Complex nursing
  • Medication management
  • Intravenous therapy
  • Stomal therapy
  • Acute mental health
  • Continence management

What is Rehab in the home (RITH)?

The RITH program allows suitable members to undertake all or part of their rehabilitation within the privacy, comfort and security of their own home.

RITH staff will ensure a home is safe, assess the member’s condition and provide a treatment program aimed at restoring strength and mobility. Services offered may include physiotherapy, occupational therapy, nursing and care coordination instead of being admitted as a patient into a rehabilitation hospital.

Members may be suitable following a wide range of medical and surgical conditions including:

  • Joint replacement i.e. hip or knee
  • Fractures
  • Spinal conditions
  • Respiratory conditions
  • Cardiac conditions
  • Neurological conditions including stroke
  • Mobility problems and recurrent falls
  • Deconditioning

The length of treatment will be based on medical needs and will be determined by a case manager in collaboration with the member’s doctor.

Who is eligible for HITH and RITH?

All GMHBA members with hospital cover have access to HITH and RITH.

Many people prefer to be treated in the comfort of their home. HITH and RITH services may be provided for GMHBA members who wish to receive treatment at home and meet the following criteria;

  • Have been assessed as being clinically stable
  • Have access to adequate home support such as a carer or caregiver
  • Are living in an environment suitable to their needs, i.e. Ramps, handrails where required
  • Have adequate telephone access
  • Are suitable for HITH or RITH treatment

Referral to HITH and RITH?

Members can request to be referred to HITH and RITH services by their treating doctor or hospital discharge planning service.

Further information

If you would like to be treated or recover at home via the HITH or RITH programs, please call GMHBA on 1300 446 422 to check your eligibility.


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