Geriatric medicine

Geriatric medicine deals with the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease and disability associated with ageing.

Older patients, particularly if they are frail and elderly, may have multiple medical problems, reduced mobility, hearing and/or vision or memory loss which means many specialists are involved in providing care.

We take a holistic approach looking at how each health issue affects the others, and work closely with you and your loved ones to ensure your individual needs are met and you receive appropriate ongoing care.

Geriatric medicine services

Our geriatric medicine services specialise in the assessment and rehabilitation of older people after illness, injury or surgery.

We provide evidence-based care and support for you, your family and your carers. We work closely with you to develop a plan for your treatment and recovery.

Geriatric medicine is provided for:

  • inpatients in specialised wards and units
  • outpatients in day therapy units.

Inpatients

You may be admitted to a geriatric or aged care unit after an acute illness or injury, or by referral from your general practitioner (GP) or treating physician in consultation with one of our geriatricians.

Our geriatricians work with a team of healthcare professionals to help you recover as quickly as possible, so you can return home.

Outpatients

You can access our geriatric medicine services provided by doctors, nurses and allied health professionals as an outpatient. A range of clinics on age-related topics may be available including:

  • falls
  • continence
  • memory
  • osteoporosis
  • other general geriatric services.

You can access these services with a referral from a consultant geriatrician. Alternatively, your GP may refer you to the Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT) in your local area.

Benefits of geriatric medicine services

The benefits of our geriatric medicine include:

  • access to healthcare teams that specialise in treating older people
  • evidence-based treatment of multiple medical problems
  • holistic, individualised approach to your care
  • improved ability to perform your day-to-day activities
  • support for your family and carers
  • a better quality of life.

These benefits depend on your particular circumstances and require you to fully participate in necessary before and after care and management. You should consult a specialist in this area before deciding whether treatment is suitable for you.

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