Aged Care (including Specialist Clinic & Outreach)

For assessment and management of ageing-related conditions.

Availability

North South North West Statewide

Scope

Aged Care provide two main types of clinic:

  • General Geriatrics for people with falls, possible dementia, complex chronic conditions of old age.
  • Movement Disorder Clinics for people with Parkinson's Disease and other movement disorders.

For psychogeriatric conditions please consider referral to Older Persons Mental Health Service via the Mental Health Helpline Referral Service

Emergency conditions

There are no emergency criteria. If you feel the patient needs to be seen urgently (within the week) it is suggested you phone one of the consultants to discuss prior to faxing the referral.

Referral process

Requirements

A referral (preferably faxed) is required for all new appointments and must conform to the Referral Standards as outlined on For Clinicians.

Specifically include:

  • Relevant letters from consultants that the patient may have seen in private
  • Correspondence detailing the problems
  • Current medication list
  • Allergies
  • Past medical history

Please forward relevant private investigation results and ask patients to bring current medication list and any current radiological imaging performed to their appointment (e.g.: MRI, CT etc).

If referring to assess possible dementia, it is essential that the patient is accompanied by a friend or family member to provide the necessary collaborative history.

Please indicate if an interpreter is required and for which language.  We will arrange this when booking the appointment.

Process

All referrals can be faxed directly to the clinic.

All referrals are triaged and allocated to consultant or unit registrar based on clinical priority.

Registrar cases will be discussed with consultant.

Clinic Appointments - Appointments are based on clinical priority:

Emergency

Proceed to Emergency Department (ED). Please contact ED Medical Officer in Charge:
LGH ED – Phone: (03) 6777 6405  Fax: (03) 6348 7382
MCH ED – Phone: (03) 6478 5120  Fax: (03) 6426 5115
NWRH ED – Phone: (03) 6493 6340  Fax: (03) 6430 6691
RHH ED - Phone: (03) 6166 6100  Fax: (03) 6222 8919

Urgent / category 1

Urgent referrals should be accompanied by a phone call to the Consultant/Registrar to organise urgent review and the referral must be faxed.

We will endeavour to see these patients within four weeks, or sooner if clinically indicated.

Semi-urgent / category 2

We will endeavour to see these patients within 12 weeks

Routine / category 3

Next available appointment

Referral template

For use by health professionals only

Additional information

Aged  Care Assessment Team

Carers Association

Continence Service

Dementia Association

Dementia Behaviour Management Advisory Service

Direct links to Health Pathways Older Person's Health or Falls Prevention and Assessment page.