Aged-care medicine

Susan E Kurrle
Med J Aust 2002; 176 (1): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2002.tb04237.x
Published online: 7 January 2002

The role of aged care in the practice of medicine is becoming more prominent with the increase in the proportion and absolute numbers of older people in our population. This is associated with an increase in diseases of advanced age — the neurodegenerative diseases, vascular diseases, and musculoskeletal disorders. Over the past five years significant advances have occurred in the management of these diseases and in the organisation of clinical services for older people.

  • Rehabilitation and Aged Care Service, Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Hospital, Hornsby, NSW 2077.


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