Caring for an ageing population raises significant challenges to the health care system, including emergency care. Medicare Locals are charged with the task of reducing avoidable emergency department (ED) attendance partly by improving access to after-hours care. Research shows that increasing numbers of older patients (over 70 years) are attending ED, many over four times per year. To reduce avoidable presentations, we need to improve the options for managing the health care demand of this older age group in primary care and community settings.
The reports of this APHCRI-funded project are now available.