Position Statements

The Australian and New Zealand Society for Geriatric Medicine is committed to developing policy and practice relevant to geriatric medicine. This includes Position Statements on specific geriatric issues which have been approved by the ANZSGM Council.
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ANZSGM Guidelines for Authors

  1. Elder Abuse - Revision of original paper
    Dr Susan Kurrle - September 2003
  2. Physical Restraint Use in Older People   
    Dr Julie Dikiciyan - Revision September 2012
    Original Paper:  Drs Barbara Sabangan, Benny Katz, Prof Leon Flicker 19 June 2005
  3. Geriatric Services in General Hospitals
    Professor Len Gray and Dr Alison Cutler - Revision 2008
    Original Paper:  Professor Len Gray and Dr Michael Dorevitch.
  4. Education and Training in Geriatric Medicine for Undergraduate Medical Students Revision of original paper
    Revision by Dr Vasi Naganathan - March 2006
    Original Paper: Professor Paul Finucane
  5. Orthogeriatric Care
    Revision by Dr Jenson Mak, Dr Evelyn Wong and Professor Ian Cameron - Revision 2010
    Original Paper: Professor Ian Cameron - November 2004
  6. UnderNutrition and the Older Person
    Revision by Professor Renuka Visvanathan and Assoc Profesor Solomon Yu  - Revision November 2015
  7. Immunisation of Older People - Revised 2018
    Revision Number 3 by Dr Chia Chong, coordinated by Assoc Professor Michael Woodward - June 2018
  8. Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment and Community Practice     
    Revision by Dr Gail Jamieson and Associate Professor Robert Penhall - Revision August 2011
  9. The Provision of Medical Services to Residential Aged Care Facilities (RCF's) in Australia  
    Drs Penny Harvey and Sam Scherer - August 2011
  10. The Provision o fMedical Services to Residential Aged Care Facilities (RCF's) in Australia   
    Drs Penny Harvey and Sam Scherer - August 2011
  11. Driving and Dementia - Revision of original paper 
    Revision by Professor Ian Cameron -  September 2009
    Original Paper:  Dr Jane Hecker and Dr Carol Snellgrove
  12. Dysphagia and Aspiration in Older People
    Revision by Professor Daniel Kam Yin Chan, Dr Bin Soo Ong - Revision June 2018
    Original Paper:  Professor Daniel Kam Yin Chan, Dr Stephen Phoon, Dr Elaine Yeoh.
  13. Delirium in Older People
    Revision by Drs Teck Yew and Sean Maher - May 2012                                                                                      Original Paper: Coordinated by Dr Sean Maher
  14. The Management of Older Patients in the Emergency Department  
    Revision by Dr Elisabeth Feher and Dr Lucy Kilshaw - May 2015 (acknowledgement to Dr Philip Street for an earlier contribution)
  15. Discharge Planning
    Revision Number 2, Dr Wen Kwang Lim, Dr Carol Chong, A/Prof Gideon Caplan, and Prof Len Gray - November 2015
  16. Palliative Care for the Older Person   
    Dr Jonathan Marriott and Dr Juli Moran - June 2009
  17. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Ageing in Australia - Revision 2016
    Revision co-ordinated by Dr Roselani Henry and Dr Edward Strivens - December 2016. Original paper Indigenous Ageing in Australia by Dr Edward Strivens - September 2009
  18. Older persons in acute hospitals awaiting transfer to a residential aged care facility   
    Professor Len Gray and Dr Lucy Dakin - May 2010
  19. Obesity and the Older Persons      
    A/Prof Renuka Visvanathan, Dr Cilla Haywood, Dr Cynthia Piantadosi & Dr Sarah Appleton - Revised August 2011
  20. Sleep and the Older Person        
    Dr Jane Fyfield and Dr Jessyln Lim
    - November 2011
  21. Pain in Older People       
    Dr Clare White and Assoc Prof Benny Katz 
    - November 2012
  22. Frailty in the Older Person   
    Dr Ruth Hubbard and Dr Kenneth Ng - May 2013
  23. Exercise Guidelines for Older Adults   
    Dr Michelle Dhanak and Assoc Professor Robert Penhall - June 2013
  24. Ageing and Indigenous Health in Aotearoa New Zealand   
    Dr Oliver Menzies, Professor Ngaire Kerse and Dr Mere Kēpa - June 2013
  25. Transitional Care  New 2015
    Dr Maureen Runganga, Professor Len Gray, Dr Nancye Peel and Professor Ian Cameron - March 2015
  26. Management of Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia (BPSD)  New 2016

    Dr Champa Ranasinghe, Professor Len Gray and Professor Elizabeth Beattie – September 2016
  27. Advanced Care Planning    New 2016

           Dr Rajni Joseph and Dr Jeffrey Rowland with acknowledgment to Professor Ben White - December 2016

    28.  Dementia in Older People   New 2017

          Dr Shabana Ahamed and Dr Dina Logiudice - December 2017

    29.  Prescribing in Older People New 2018

          Dr Angela Molga, Professor David Le Couteur, Dr Sarah Hilmer, Dr Sally Johns and Dr John Maddison



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Euthanasia, Physician-Assisted Suicide and End of Life Care

Points for reference with regard to ANZSGM and Euthanasia 2017

Euthanasia, Physician-Assisted Suicide and End of Life Care


RANZCP Position Statement 31Relationships between Old Age Psychiatry and Geriatric Medicine
A joint statement of the Faculty of Old Age of the Royal Australian and
New Zealand College of Psychiatrists and the Australian and New Zealand Society for Geriatric Medicine - October 2016


Dr John Obeid - 19 June 2005



A Guide for Assessing Older People in Hospitals
This guide was commissioned by Australian Health Ministers' Advisory Council (AHMAC) as a practical resource to assist medical, nursing and allied health professionals working with older people within a hospital setting.

Acute hospital care of the older person document
This paper was prepared by the Greater Metropolitan Transition Taskforce: an advisory body to the NSW Minister for Health

Guideline for the Prevention of Falls in Older Persons
American Geriatrics Society, British Geriatrics Society and American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Panel on Falls Prevention

Practical approaches for assessing older people
Canadian Family Physician In-office evaluation of medical fitness to drive


Summary Sheets

  1. Dementia as a Priority Area - Professor Leon Flicker


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Last updated: 30/10/2017