Welcome to the Australian and New Zealand Society for Geriatric Medicine (ANZSGM).
To foster and promote excellence in health care of older persons in Australia and New Zealand
The Australian and New Zealand Society for Geriatric Medicine is the professional society for geriatricians and other medical practitioners with an interest in medical care of older people. The society acts to represent the needs of its members and the wider community in a bid to constantly review and improve the care of older people in Australia and New Zealand. Its major functions are around education, policy development and review, and political advocacy.
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Dr John Maddison
ANZSGM opposes the proposed Federal Government changes to the Aged Care Assessment process (ACAT)
ANZSGM has sent a collaborative letter to Minister Hunt signed by representatives of the peak medical and multidisciplinary professional societies managing the care of older people. Organisations in support of our opposition include: the RACP; AFRM; ANZSPM; ANZCA; RANZCP; APS.
ANZSGM thanks these organisations for their support.
The Society’s opposition to the proposed privatisation of the ACAT system is gaining media interest including an invitation to present our views by interview on Radio National Friday 31st January 2020. A/Prof Eddy Strivens represented the Society. I warmly encourage you to listen to the interview (click here)
The Royal Commission into Aged Care will continue this year, with its final report to be handed down in November.
But some in the aged care sector are raising concerns about a federal government plan to change the aged care assessment process before the royal commission hands down its findings.
Changes to Aged Care Assessment Teams will have a negative impact on the care of older Australians.
The Australian and New Zealand Society for Geriatric Medicine (ANZSGM is calling on the Federal Government to reconsider its proposed changes to Aged Care Assessment arrangements due to be implemented from April 2021.
Aged Care Assessments are an older person’s first step in accessing the psychological and clinical assessments required in order to access home or residential aged care. Under the Government’s planned changes, the process will merge two assessment workforces currently operating independently - Regional Assessment Service who assess need and Aged Care Assessment Teams (ACATS) who assess eligibility for services.
“These changes will have a significant detrimental impact on the care of the most vulnerable older Australians and their access to high quality expert care by limiting any meaningful involvement of geriatricians along with specialist nursing and allied health services in this process, “ said ANZSGM President Dr John Maddison. READ MORE……..
ANZSGM has reviewed the evidence and consulted with its expert members to develop 5 recommendations to support best patient care and reduce the use of unnecessary or ineffective practices within a given clinical context. EVOLVE is an initiative in partnership between the RACP and the Specialty Societies, Divisions, Faculties and Chapters.
ANZSGM Annual Scientific Meeting - 27-29 May 2020
October 2019 Call for Abstracts opens November 2019 Early bird registration opens February 2020 Call for Abstracts closes March 2020 Early bird registration closes