Aged and Extended Care Services (Geriatric Medicine) at TQEH

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital (TQEH) specialist geriatrics service provides for a full range of specialist geriatrics services in and out of hospital and is also home to the following:

The service has pioneered well known initiatives such as the Dignity in Care program and the Mindful of Dementia Day.

The aim of the clinical and academic service is through collaborative clinical practice, research and training to deliver positive outcomes for the health and wellbeing of older people.

Our strategic goals

  • To promote innovation and best practice in the clinical care of older people, helping older people achieve their goals in relation to well-being and independence
  • To provide for training, research and mentoring in geriatric medicine and gerontology
  • To build, maintain and promote collaborative relationships and partnerships with key stakeholders to inform our clinical, training and research programs and facilitate the effective translation of clinical evidence into practice

Our guiding principles

  • Respect: We will treat people with dignity and respect
  • Inclusivity: We will strive to include our community and embrace diversity
  • Collaboration: We will work with others to deliver positive outcomes
  • Communication: We will achieve knowledge translation by communicating and sharing effectively
  • Innovation: We will explore new frontiers in our research and training programs
  • Excellence: We aim to excel in all we do

Services provided

Hospital  at TQEH, we provide:

For our community, we provide:

  • for outpatients clinics focused on geriatrics health issues including dementia diagnosis and management, falls assessment and prevention and movement disorders.

  • for community geriatrician assessments upon requests by general practitioners across CALHN.
  • for geriatrician consultation service to the CALHN Transition Care Program and the CALHN Aged Care Assessment Team.
  • outreach to Port Lincoln and Whyalla and work with the local teams there to provide for geriatrician consultation services upon requests by general practitioners.

Contact details

General enquires: Monday to Friday 8.00am to 5.00pm

  • Department: (08) 8222 8178 or (08) 8222 8594

After hours

  • TQEH switchboard: (08) 8222 6000
  • Fax: (08) 8222 6055

Postal address:

  • Level 8B, 28 Woodville Road, Woodville, 5011

Delivery location

  • Dx: 465119

How to make a referral

Admissions, referrals and appointments

General practitioners and other medical practitioners can make a referral to our service:

  • by faxing a referral to our department: (08) 8222 8593 marking it attention to the Geriatrician, Aged and Extended Care Services.

Urgent referrals to the inpatient service:

  • by general practitioners or other medical practitioners are to be made via our GEM Liaison Service and a call can be made to the geriatrician, GEM Liaison Registrar or GEM Liaison Nurse to discuss via our hospital switch board.
    Telephone: (08) 8222 6000

Urgent referral to our outpatients or geriatrician outreach service:

  • by general practitioners or other medical practitioners can be made by discussing the case with the Community Geriatrician or Registrar and they are contactable via our hospital switch board.
    Telephone: (08) 8222 6000

Enquiries about our service:

  • can be made through our departmental secretaries and the contact numbers.
    Telephone: (08) 8222 8178 or (08) 8222 8594

We encourage referrals to include pertinent information about patient demographics, medical, function and psychosocial information.

Results from relevant investigations will be important to provide to maximise the benefits from the consultation.

Contact details

General enquires: Monday to Friday 8.00am to 5.00pm

  • Department: (08) 8222 8178 or (08) 8222 8594

  • Director of Aged and Extended Care Services: Professor Renuka Visvanathan

  • Clinical Service Consultant GEM Unit: Mr Stephen Hoskins
  • Clinical Nurse Consultant GEM Liaison: Ms Carla Smyth
  • Allied Health Lead GEM Unit: Mr Matt Rugari


  • A/Prof Solomon Yu
  • Dr Faizal Ibrahim
  • Dr Pazhvoor Shibu
  • Dr Shailaja Nair
  • Dr Khai Tam
  • Dr Kareeann Khow
  • Dr Jason Ng
  • Dr Bavand Bikdelli
  • Dr Fin Cai


  • Ms Connie Falcone  

  • Ms Bernadette Cannon