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Post Acute Care

The Post Acute Care (PAC) program aims to enable a safe and timely discharge from hospital. The person returns home with a suitable package of community-based supports. They are also linked with ongoing long-term support in the community if required.

What we do

PAC support includes a range of community-based services depending on the individual’s needs.

The most common services provided are:

  • Community nursing
  • Personal Care
  • Home Care

Services arranged by PAC are provided for an agreed short term period following discharge from hospital.

PAC works in conjunction with – but does not replace – the services provided by other programs. Those programs may include Home and Community Care (HACC), Hospital Admission Risk Program (HARP) and Sub-acute Ambulatory Care Services (SACS).

Who we care for

People being discharged from a public hospital (including emergency departments, acute and sub-acute services) with limited supports at home. They need to be assessed as requiring short-term, community-based help to assist them to recover in the community, and to ensure safe and timely discharge.

Where another program was providing support prior to the hospital episode, it is expected that these services will resume on discharge from hospital.

Commonly asked questions

What are the Fees and charges?
No fees are charged, however there may be a charge for consumables such as wound dressings.


Post Acute Care
03 5232 5100



Monday to Friday
7:30 am to 4.00 pm


Also see: 

Short-term supports – health.vic


How to access this service
Referrals are made by hospital staff to the PAC Service associated with the hospital or directly to the PAC Services in the area where the client resides.