Aged care doctors’ ageing crisis
The AMA last week released a survey of 845 GPs, consultant physicians, geriatricians, emergency physicians, psychiatrists and palliative medicine specialists, which found just 8% of those attending residential aged care facilities were aged under 40.
The survey also found the average number of monthly visits to residential aged care facilities fell to 6.14 in 2012 from 8.36 visits in 2008 – a 27% decline.
The average number of patients doctors saw in a visit each rose to 5.36 from 4.77. The average time spent with each patient rose to 15.71 minutes from 13.12 minutes.
The proportion of aged care