Bentley Maternity delivers a state-first for Medicare

Photo of mother with newborn from Medicare trial event
October 4, 2018

Bentley Hospital has officially been announced as the first site in Western Australia to participate in a trial of paperless Medicare enrolment of newborns.

In essence, the streamlined processes will make it faster and simpler for new parents, like Maria, who recently had a baby at Bentley Hospital, to enrol their children in Medicare.

The Federal Minister for Human Services, WA’s Michael Keenan MP, personally visited Bentley Hospital last month to make the announcement of its inclusion in the trial and took the opportunity to meet the midwives, doctors and specialists.

Bentley becomes the third hospital in Australia to join the trial, which already includes the Gold Coast University Hospital and Townsville Hospital who have already seen more than 8,600 newborns enrolled through the new process.

The Minister explained to Maria, who welcomed her long-awaited daughter (after three boys) that the trial has resulted in around 100 babies a week being directly enrolled in Medicare and registered for My Health Record, the Medicare Safety Net and the Australian Immunisation Register, without their parents needing to fill in a single form.

The hospitals provide information directly to the Department of Human Services, and parents receive a text message once their newborn has been successfully enrolled in Medicare.

Midwives at Bentley have given the process the thumbs up, telling the Minister on the day that the new process was simple to use.