Geriatric Emergency Medicine

The Geriatric Emergency Medicine Special Interest Group (GEMSIG) fosters and promotes quality clinical care for older people in emergency departments throughout Australia and New Zealand.

An older person being treated in Middlemore Hospital ED New ZealandThe GEMSIG is underpinned by several policies and guidelines:

ACEM: Policy on the Care of Elderly Patients in the Emergency Department

American College of Emergency Physicians: Quality Care for Older People with Urgent and Emergency Care Needs

The Australia and New Zealand Society for Geriatric Medicine Position Statement: The Management of Older Patients in the Emergency Department


6 April 2017: GEM Seminar 

You can also check our Calendar of events to find something that may be of interest to you.


Dr Carolyn Hullick tells us how she’s changing the conversation about Geriatric Emergency Medicine

Dr Guruprasad Nagaraj is the FACEM behind the first geriatric emergency medicine term in Australia

Members page

Agendas, minutes from the Group's meetings, and relevant talks, be accessed via this link. Remember you must be logged in with your Username and Password to access this page.


Emergency Care Institute 

The ACE (Aged Care Emergency) MOC (Model of Care) was developed to better manage the demand placed on ED’s by the health and care needs of older people.

British Geriatrics Society Silver Book

A professional association of doctors practising geriatric medicine, old age psychiatrists, general practitioners, nurses, therapists, scientists and others with a particular interest in the medical care of older people and in promoting better health in old age. Check out the Society's blog.

Care of Confused Hospitalised Older Persons

This program aims to improve the experiences and outcomes of confused older people in hospital.  


GEMCAST is a podcast series of lectures on clinical topics to help physicians, trainees, nurses and paramedics who take care of older adults particularly in the acute care setting.

POGOe Portal of Geriatrics Online Education

A comprehensive and free collection of expert-contributed geriatrics educational materials for educators and learners.

AGS American Geriatrics Society

An organisation of professionals devoted to improving the health, independence and quality of life of all older people.

Journal articles

Access to and use of the resources provided here is governed by the terms of usage of the ACEM website, available here.

Are we too hesitant to anticoagulate elderly patients with atrial fibrillation?

A controlled evaluation of comprehensive geriatric assessment in the ED

Profiles of Older Patients in the Emergency Department

Risk Factors and Screening Instruments to Predict Adverse Outcomes for Undifferentiated Older Emergency Department Patients


Abuse of the older person: Is this the case you missed last shift?

Is delirium the medical emergency we know least about?

Approach to death in the older emergency department patient


Educational resources

Geri - EM

This E-Learning website is primarily for physicians working in emergency departments who want to provide optimal care to their older patients.

Emergency Medicine Cases

A free online medical education podcast, medical blog and website dedicated to providing online emergency medicine education and CME for physicians, residents, students, nurses and paramedics.

Clinical Academic Resources and Education

This resource supports the professional development of Australian healthcare professionals by supplying access to accredited education programs.

Join us

Membership is open to all ACEM Members, and anyone who is interested in Geriatric Emergency Medicine. To become a member and be on the mailing list for any future emails or news, please contact Hydie Pallier at [email protected]