The Australian Government has given an A$97.2m grant to Queensland to boost sub-acute care and rehabilitation services in hospitals across the state.

The grants will provide hospitals with more sub-acute care beds, which will help the elderly to vacate hospitals earlier and free up vital bed space, the government said.

As part of the funding, the number of rehabilitation beds will be increased in the Townsville, Sandgate and Rockhampton hospitals, which will also have additional outreach services in surrounding regions.

The grants come as part of the government’s A$500m investment in sub-acute care.