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Alice Springs Hospital Readmissions Prevention Project



The Alice Springs Hospital Readmissions Prevention Project (ASH RAPP) aims to test the proposition that a multi-dimensional intervention based on anecdotal evidence from hospital-based clinicians about frequent readmission of a segment of the population to the hospital, can reduce frequent readmissions.

The project is directed to adult Aboriginal Australian patients who have had five or more medical admissions over the previous 12 months. These subjects are being randomised to a control group (receiving usual care) and a study group (to receive the multi-dimensional intervention).

The multi-dimensional intervention is composed of:

The control group and study group are to be compared with respect number of readmissions, total number of patient days and ER attendance. The outcomes will suggest whether the use of multi-dimensional interventions may be an effective approach to reducing hospital readmissions of Aboriginal people in Central Australia.

Baker IDI Central Australia has developed the project in collaboration with clinical leaders at the Alice Springs Hospital in response to the issue of frequent readmissions to hospital among a segment of the population. 

Abstract adapted from Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute


Baker IDI Central Australia
W & E Rubuntja Research & Medical Education Building
Alice Springs Hospital
Gap Road
Alice Springs NT 0870
PO Box 1294
Alice Springs NT 0871
Ph: (08) 8959 0111
Fax: (08) 8952 1557


Related publications

Diplock G, Ward J, Stewart S, Scuffham P, Stewart P, Reeve C, Davidson L, Maguire G (2017)

The Alice Springs Hospital Readmission Prevention Project (ASHRAPP): a randomised control trial.

BMC Health Services Research; 17: 153

Retrieved 20 February 2017 from

Chan Y-K, Chen L, Keates AK, Booley S, David A, Layton G, Mainland C, Ramirez M, Taylor F, Stewart S (2017)

The heart of inequality.

Melbourne: Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research


Last updated: 25 October 2017
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