FAQs

What is a Geriatrician?

A Geriatrician is a medical doctor who is specifically trained to manage and prevent multiple health concerns of older adults, aged 65 and over. As Geriatricians, we are very sensitive to the needs of the elderly, striving to maintain function and independence.  

How do I schedule an appointment?

Your GP or specialist will normally assess the need for a Geriatric review and will send us a referral. If you have specific concerns, please make these known to your doctor.  

Who should attend the consultation?

We encourage you to bring your carer, family member or friend with you. That allows us to get a more detailed collateral history and address specific concerns. Distant relatives can join the consultation via phone conference. 

What should I bring to the consultation?

 

  • Medication list including over-the-counter drugs
  • Medicare or Veteran Affairs card
  • Copies of any recent investigations or doctor's letters
  • Advanced care plan (if available)

What happens during the consultation and how long will it last?


The consultation usually lasts approximately an hour. During the consultation we will go through the following,


  • Checking your vital signs such as blood pressure, oxygen saturation, weight etc
  • Medical and Medication history
  • Memory and other brain function assessment (if required)
  • Mental status and mood assessment
  • Physical examination
  • Drawing a comprehensive medical plan

How much will it cost me?

All patients are currently bulk billed.

What happens to my driving license?

 We can assess your driving fitness during the consultation but we don't specifically do so, unless your GP or carer have specific concerns. Remember that driving requires good visual, physical and mental dexterity to operate a vehicle safely. A diagnosis of dementia, especially in the early stages, does not mean that the driving license is automatically revoked. In certain cases an on-road driving test with an occupational therapist is required. 

How will my GP know the outcome of the consultation?

 We send a Comprehensive Medical Report to your GP within 24 hours of the consultation, usually the same day as the consultation.