Geriatric Medicine

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Face to Face

Urgent Advice

For urgent advice, please contact the registrar through switchboard 1300 744 284 or our GP Only Enquiry Line 5687 0003.

Are you referring to the right service?

  • For recurrent falls, please refer to falls and balance clinic


Out of Scope Services

The following conditions are out of scope for this service:

  • Outpatient follow-up of adults for acquired brain injury or neuro developmental disorder i.e., except whether there is a new onset of memory/cognitive decline.
  • Presentations that would be more appropriately assessed and managed by specialist mental health services e.g. where a primary psychiatric diagnosis (e.g. major depression, generalized anxiety disorder, schizophrenia) is the most likely cause of the patient’s presenting symptoms
  • Presentations that would be more appropriately managed by other sub specialties (may include but not limited to seizures, syncope and anemia)
  • Assessments of financial and testamentary capacity
  • Formal occupational therapy driving assessments

Out of Catchment

Gold Coast Health is responsible for providing public health services to the people who reside within its boundaries. Special consideration is made for patients requiring tertiary services or for services that are not provided by their local hospital and health service district. If your patient lives outside the Gold Coast Health catchment area and you wish to refer them to one of our services, please indicate relevant medical or social information that will assist with the processing of your referral.


Please note that where appropriate and where available, the referral may be streamed to an associated public allied health and/or nursing service. Access to some specific services may include initial assessment and management by associated allied health and/or nursing, which may either facilitate or negate the need to see the public medical specialist.

  • A change in patient circumstance (such as condition deteriorating or becoming pregnant) may affect the urgency categorisation and should be communicated as soon as possible.
  • Please indicate in the referral if the patient is unable to access mandatory tests or investigations as they incur a cost or are unavailable locally.
  • If your patient consents to telehealth, please indicate in the body of the referral.

Patient Must Bring

  • Medicare card
  • Any concession cards (e.g. Pension, Health Care, DVA, PBS Safety Net, ADF, etc.)
  • Current medication list
  • Reading glasses, hearing and mobility aids
Last updated 30 January 2023

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(07) 5687 4497


Geriatric Medicine
Robina Hospital
Locked Bag 15
Robina Qld 4226


1300 559 083

Service Availability

Dr Arif Alam
Medical Director Falls and Balance Clinic, Cognitive Disorders Service, Geriatric Medicine


Robina Hospital

If you would like to send a named referral, please address it to the specialist listed above, who will allocate a suitably qualified specialist to see the patient. Alternatively, you can view a full list of our specialists.

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