Assembling an Admission2Discharge (A2D) Together Folder

The purpose of the A2D Together Folder is to help hospital staff provide patient-centred care when a person with a cognitive disability is admitted to hospital.
The A2D Folder provides information to improve their hospital journey, from Admission2Discharge.

The BLUE section

Cover page has important personal details and information about consent.
Reviews page has dates of most recent reviews.

Medication Chart and
Blister Pack.

Tips and strategies for support.

Hospital Support Plan (Parts 1 & 2).
Other relevant plans and reports.

The button below will download blank templates of the following documents:

  • A2D Folder Cover page (Cognitive, Intellectual, Psychosocial)
  • A2D Folder Cover page (Palliative)
  • Hospital Support Information Review
  • TOP5 Support Strategies
  • Hospital Support Plan

Download all blank A2D templates (zipped)

The button below will download the current version of our Guide to Assembling an Admission2Discharge (A2D) Folder:

How to assemble an A2D Together Folder (PDF)

NSW Ambulance Authorised Care Plans (General and Palliative [Adult & Paediatric]) are a patient centered and clinician endorsed initiative designed to give patients, their families and carers choice in the type of healthcare that is best for them and where that healthcare can be delivered through supported decision making.


Click on the tabs below for specific information about the key components of the A2D Folder, as well as to download copies of individual template files.

A2D Folder Cover

The A2D Folder Cover clearly identifies the person the folder belongs to.
It includes details such as the person’s name and name they liked to be called.
This is important as the person may only respond to their nickname or abbreviated name (e.g. Will and not William)

It includes the person’s photo.
Please make sure that the photo you include is a photo of the person when they are well as this may assist the health professional to get a ‘picture’ of the person’s health.
This may help especially if the person is admitted in an emergency.

It includes the name of the person’s guardian or person responsible and a contact number for that person.
If the person is unable to consent to medical treatment, the treating Doctor can easily identify who the person responsible/ guardian is, if consent to medical treatment is necessary.

A special version of the cover (on the right below) has been developed for anyone who has a Palliative Care Plan or Authorised Care Plan.

Cognitive disability

The A2D Folder Cover - Original
Download a BLANK copy of the Cognitive disability cover

Intellectual disability

The A2D Folder Cover - Original
Download a BLANK copy of the Intellectual disability cover

Psychosocial disability

The A2D Folder Cover - Original
Download a BLANK copy of the Psychosocial disability cover

Palliative Care

The A2D Folder Cover - Original
Download a BLANK copy of the Palliative Care Cover

The Reviews Page

The Reviews page sits on the back of the front cover in the same pocket.

It is important that all of the information inside the folder be reviewed regularly. For a person living in Supported Accommodation, it is recommended that the A2D Together Folder is reviewed by the support staff and the person, monthly (or sooner if the person’s needs change) and checked and signed by their manager.

For someone living at home, this would be reviewed by the person’s carer, the local GP or specialist and the person, when the person’s needs change. This ensures that all information is current and accurate and ready to go to hospital with the person at any time.

Any changes to the person’s status or any changes to a health management plan needs to be reflected in the folders contents on the front cover of the folder and Part 1 of the Hospital Support Plan.

A2D Folder Reviews page
Download your copy of the BLANK Reviews Template

Medication Chart and Blister Pack

The red section contains the person’s Medication Chart and their Blister packed and non-packed medications.

When a person is admitted to hospital the health professionals have to be provided with accurate information about the medication the person takes. Current medication charts and blister pack contain this information. Once the information is transferred from the medication chart to the hospital medication chart it can be placed back in the A2D Together folder or can be given back to the Disability Support Staff/Carer to take back to the person’s home for safe keeping.


to also give liquid medications and inhalers to the paramedic as well as the blister pack.

Palliative Care Plan / Authorised Care Plan in the (A2D) Together folder

Page 1 of the red section in this folder may contain the person’s Palliative Care Plan, End of Life Plan and no CPR order and/or Ambulance plan. It should be noted that the ambulance plan should always be accompanied by the NSW Health authorised Palliative Care Plan. These plans should be followed by their Medication Chart and Webster/blister packed and non-packed medications. This is to ensure the hospital staff see that the person have this / these plan immediately and can take appropriate measures to meet the person’s needs.

Medication Chart
Webster/blister pack


TOP5 is a tool to support people who have a cognitive disability and who live within the community.

TOP5 helps clinical staff to be aware of the person’s specific communication preferences,
their needs, likes, dislikes, rituals and preferences for support.

Download your copy of this form (BLANK)

Use the thumbnails below to download samples of Top5 forms that have been filled out for Sample clients,
or use the button above to download a blank copy for your client.

Top5 Sample 1
Top5 Sample 1
Top5 Sample 1

For Carers of a person with a disability
more information about the value of the TOP5 document is available here

View the slideshow below for a great introduction to the A2D folder’s TOP5 document

Download your copy of the above presentation

Download your copy of the blank TOP5 template
We would like to acknowledge the Carer Support Unit, Central Coast Local Health District for the development of the TOP5 initiative, and their generous support in sharing it.

Hospital Support Plan (Parts 1 & 2)

When a person is admitted to hospital in a planned or unplanned way they will need to have a current Hospital Support Plan (HSP). The purpose of the HSP is to ensure adequate information is

Part 1 of the HSP contains current and relevant personal, consent, health, medical and support information necessary to help hospital staff to provide safe and effective care to the person whilst they are in hospital. The HSP is developed and kept up to date by the disability support staff who support the person in their home. The HSP is reviewed monthly as part of the person’s A2D Together folder. The HSP is kept with the person at all times during transfer of care.

Hospital Support Plan - Part 1

Part 2 of the HSP is designed to facilitate the sharing of clinical and disability support expertise. It is completed in discussion with the person’s carer/ disability support staff and the nurse in charge of the ward where the person is being admitted. It is recommended that this is completed at the pre admission meeting for a planned admission or as soon as the person is settled following an unplanned admission to hospital. For people living at home with their carer/family view Steps 1-5 on the ‘For Carers’ page with particular attention to Step 4.

The Hospital Support Plan - Part 2
If your system will not allow the download of Rich Text Formatted files (.rtf) please use the link below (same file in pdf)
Download a BLANK copy of the Hospital Support Plan as a PDF

For people living in supported accommodation it is recommended that the disability support staff and team leader take the time to explain the purpose of the HSP to the Nurse Unit Manager or person who is responsible for the person’s admission. Discussing Part 2 of the HSP allows the hospital staff to get a good understanding of the person’s current health issues and their base line health.

It is also a good time to discuss and agree on the support the disability service can provide to the person while in hospital – i.e. will the Disability Support Staff be present to support the person with their communication needs.

Other management / support plans

The green section also contains other support plans that are relevant to care for the person whilst they are in hospital. These other support plans could include:

  • Mealtime Management plan
  • Summary of behaviour support strategies (not a 68 page Behaviour Support plan)
  • Manual Handling plan
  • Epilepsy Management plan
  • Diabetes Management plan
  • Bowel management plan
  • Pressure care management plan
  • Recent specialist medical reports: This will provide valuable information to the health professional about the person’s ongoing health / medical condition(s).

Please remember

The front cover of the A2D Together folder will identify ALL of the support plans in the GREEN section. You need to tick the plans that are in the folder.
Please only include what support plans you have in the contents section on the cover.