Outpatient Geriatric Services

Canberra Health Services offers the following outpatient services:

Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment Clinics

People over the age of 65, are reviewed for a comprehensive assessment for issues including Falls, Polypharmacy, Frailty and Cognitive Impairment.

A valid referral from the person’s General Practitioner is required to attend this clinic.

Memory Assessment Clinic

The Memory Assessment Clinic is a specialist service for people living in the ACT who have a cognitive impairment. The clinic aims to provide early diagnosis, treatment, advice and referral services.

To be eligible for our service, you must be medically stable, able to attend an outpatiet clinic and experience one or more of the following conditions:

  • cognitive decline or memory impairments that require assessment – this excludes a longstanding non-progressive impairment such as an acquired brain injury
  • early onset cognitive decline
  • rapidly progressing cognitive decline
  • possible frontotemporal dementia
  • cognitive decline associated with a movement disorder such as progressive supranuclear palsy, Parkinson’s disease or Lewy Body Dementia

For more information, please contact Aged Care outpatients on 02 5124 2926 or by fax on 02 5124 5600.

Rapid Assessment of the Deteriorating Aged at Risk

Rapid Assessment of the Deteriorating Aged at Risk (RADAR) is a multi-disciplinary, rapid response program supporting older people who live in the ACT. It provides rapid medical treatment to help you remain at home and aims to prevent future hospital admissions.

The RADAR team is made up of medical staff, registered nurses, a social worker and an occupational therapist who stay in close contact with your GP. They also liaise with services such as pathology, hospital in the home, allied health and community rehabilitation to help you get the care that you need.

To use our service, you need a GP referral and you must meet the following criteria:

  • be aged over 65 years or over 45 years if you are an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person
  • have suffered a decline in function or ability that your doctor thinks may result in a likely hospital admission within the next 2 weeks
  • do not require immediate hospital admission for an acute illness

Please contact the RADAR administration on 02 5124 8293 for more information.

Page last updated on: 29 Oct 2019