The Centre provides for the management of quadriplegics who require ventilation to maintain their breathing. This was initially for patients who were managed on CPAP ventilators but could for various lengths of time breathe independently.
- Funding has now been made available to the Centre to fulfil its role in the management of ventilator-dependent quadriplegics. Care provided under this agreement reduces the need for acute care services to provide for the long-term management of these patients with the attendant high costs.
- In recent discussions with the community ventilator programme managers and Royal Perth Hospital, it has been agreed that the Quadriplegic Centre will provide respite/short stay services to community clients of this new programme. This will further reduce the impact on the acute care service and provide a more cost-effective option delivered through the Quadriplegic Centre.