Geriatric services - CALHN

The geriatric medicine services for Central Adelaide Local Health Network (CALHN) are based at the Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) and The Queen Elizabeth Hospital (TQEH).

Hospital based services

Community based services

Community based geriatric services programs for CALHN, covering RAH and TQEH, which include:

  • Aged Care Assessment Team
  • Community Falls Prevention Service
  • Multi-Disciplinary Community Geriatrics Service
  • Transition Care Program

Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT)

For more information relevant for referrals from Local Health Network (LHN) staff for clients who require an ACAT assessment.

Community Falls Prevention Service

Falls assessment clinics provide multi-disciplinary assessment and management for older people with complex falls related presentations. The geriatrician-lead team consists of an occupational therapist, physiotherapist and nurse.

Please view the CALHN Falls prevention outpatient services web page for more information.


There are two falls clinics within the CALHN region, based at Sefton Park and TQEH.


Multi-Disciplinary Community Geriatrics Service (MCGS)

The MCGS is a small multidisciplinary team covering the CALHN catchment area providing short term comprehensive multidisciplinary assessment, intervention and care planning for complex frail older people with dementia and geriatric syndromes.

Clients accepted to our service generally have a combination of the following scenarios:

  • No formal cognitive diagnosis
  • Risk to self or others
  • Limited or no informal support
  • BPSD
  • No formal services
  • Frequent presenter to the hospital system
  • Resistant to support services.
  • Failure to attend OPD
  • Live alone
  • No EPOA or ACD
  • Complex social situation
  • Falls or reduced mobility
  • Suspicion of elder abuse
  • Insecure accommodation

CALHN MCGS resources


Transition Care Program

The Transition Care Program (TCP) provides short term (up to 12 weeks) support, either at home or within an aged care residential setting, for older people following hospital discharge. TCP supplies low-intensity therapy and assistance with daily living, with the goal of the older person regaining as much independence as possible.

CALHN TCP brochure (PDF 484KB)

Assistance types

Assistance may include a combination of:

  • nursing
  • physiotherapy
  • occupational therapy
  • speech therapy
  • social work
  • dietary advice.


All TCP's referrals come through Commonwealth Department of Health's My Aged Care program and the South Australian hospital system.