Geriatric Medical Assessment Unit

How can we help you?

Our team specialises in the care of older people with complex health needs. You may be admitted to our Geriatric Medical Assessment Unit (GMAU) by the Geriatric medical team. We will conduct a comprehensive assessment of your health and functional ability and formulate a plan with you. 

The GMAU is a short stay unit and usually after 48 hours you will either go home or be referred to an appropriate service such as our Acute Aged Care Unit, our Acute Aged Care Extension Unit, our Aged Care Rehabilitation Unit or to a private hospital.

From Monday to Friday you will be looked after by specialist medical team which includes a staff specialist, medical registrar and junior doctor. If you are admitted over the weekend you will be seen by a senior member of staff who is part of Geriatric medicine.

You will also be reviewed by a Physiotherapist while you are in our unit and a Clinical Nurse Consultant (CNC). The CNC will assess your needs and form a plan for when you go home and will make referrals to other members of the health team including social workers, occupational therapist, speech pathology, and nutrition and dietetics, where necessary.

Please let us know if you need an interpreter. You can contact us telephoning the Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS) on 131 450. Tell the operator what language you speak and then ask the interpreter to set up a telephone conversation between you, an interpreter, and the healthcare professional you want to speak with.

Handbook for family and friends of patients admitted to Aged Care Wards is an Australian Government website and national phone line (1800 200 422) with up-to-date information about Australia’s aged care system and services. It assists people to navigate the aged care system and provides referrals for assessment and service provision.

The Aged Care Information Line provides information on home and community care and financial benefits. Telephone 1800 500 853 TTY 1800 555 677.