Aged Care (including Parkinson's Clinics and Specialist Outreach Clinic)

For the 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, cognitive disorders, frailty, complex chronic conditions of old age and geriatric oncology assessments.
  • 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 NB in the NW Dr Krishna will also see patients with psychogeriatric issues or Dr Sharma.

Emergency conditions

There are no emergency criteria.  If you feel the patient needs to be seen urgently (within the week) it is suggested you telephone the on-call Geriatrician (via RHH switch) to discuss prior to faxing the referral.  If the patient is known to the service please contact the consultant involved.

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

Referrals need sufficient information to allow triage and act as a clinical handover and must conform to the standard - see specific clinic advice.

Referrals are registered by the clinic to which they are referred and are triaged according to the specific clinic guidelines.

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

We will endeavour to see these patients within 4 weeks.  Urgent referrals should be accompanied by a telephone call to the Consultant/Registrar or Clinic Nurse to organise urgent review.

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 Connect

Carers Association

Continence Service

Dementia Association

Dementia Support Services

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