Hospital Admission Risk Program (HARP)


Portland District Health’s Hospital Admission Risk Program (HARP) is helping local residents with chronic diseases to improve their health and spend more time at home.

The program generally helps people with chronic health conditions such as chronic heart or respiratory diseases, and aims to help local people to avoid unnecessary trips to hospital.

Clinicians talk to people about what they’re finding difficult to manage at home and then try to link them to community supports, such as home help, district nursing, counselling or aged care assessments, then work through the process of setting and achieving goals.

HARP clinicians conduct home-based visits and aim to reduce avoidable hospital admissions and emergency department presentations by care coordination for clients in the community, providing education and support to the client and their carer, promoting self-management through care planning, improving access to local services, and working collaboratively with local GPs to enhance patient care and support.

Those most likely to benefit from this integrated care include people with chronic heart disease, or chronic respiratory disease and those with complex needs requiring integrated care.

Anyone can refer to HARP, including GP or physician, community-based services and health workers.

Office Hours
Monday to Friday 08.00hrs – 17.00hrs

Office location: Health Services centre
Contact Details: Phone: (03) 55210369  Fax: (03) 5521 0625


via the intake team

Telephone: 5521 0653  Fax: 5521 0372