Trial of­fers sup­port for aged care res­i­dents

Bayside and Northern Suburbs Star - - NEWS -

A NEW med­i­cal out­reach ser­vice aims to help el­derly aged care res­i­dents in north Bris­bane avoid un­nec­es­sary trips to the emer­gency de­part­ment.

Un­der the trial, gen­eral prac­ti­tion­ers (GPs) and res­i­den­tial aged care fa­cil­i­ties can call a new Ge­ri­atric Out­reach Assess­ment Ser­vice at The Prince Charles Hos­pi­tal (TPCH) for as­sis­tance with manag­ing the acute care needs of aged care res­i­dents.

Bris­bane North PHN Board Chair Dr Anita Green said the new ser­vice was aimed at curb­ing the grow­ing num­ber of aged care res­i­dents who present at TPCH for acute health­care.

“Our data shows there has been a sig­nif­i­cant in­crease in aged care res­i­dents pre­sent­ing to the emer­gency de­part­ment over the past five years,” Dr Green said.

“We know hospi­tals have spe­cial­ist ex­per­tise in the treat­ment of el­derly peo­ple, but we needed a bet­ter way for GPs and aged care res­i­dents to ac­cess this ex­per­tise,” she said.

At nearly 43,500 per­sons in 2014, TPCH’s catch­ment area has the largest pop­u­la­tion group aged over 65 years within the Metro North Hos­pi­tal and Health Ser­vice re­gion.

The Ge­ri­atric Out­reach Assess­ment Ser­vice will be avail­able Mon­day to Fri­day from 7.30am-4pm.

The trial will be eval­u­ated af­ter 12 months to de­ter­mine if it of­fers a cost-ef­fec­tive ser­vice model.


At the launch of a trial of a Ge­ri­atric Out­reach Assess­ment Ser­vice are Mar­jorie Bol (aged care res­i­dent), Ais­ling Id­dir (Bris­bane North PHN) and Andre Burns (Client Clin­i­cal Sup­port, Wes­ley Mis­sion Queens­land).

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