Free for eligible individuals over 65*, with a referral from a provider.
Through funding from the Department of Health and Aged Care, GCPHN has commissioned services and programs that support healthy ageing and early identification of frailty. The aim of our healthy ageing programs is to support individuals to increase their quality of life and live longer at home.
Research suggests that frailty increases individuals’ risk of falls and illness, which can lead to long periods of hospitalisation. Frailty is a multi-dimensional condition, where individuals experience a decline in physical and cognitive abilities. Frailty risk increases with age and can affect up to 25 percent of people aged over 70. Early detection of frailty is important to manage and reduce risks, which is why our healthy ageing programs focus on those over the age of 65.
These fully funded healthy ageing programs can be accessed by Gold Coast Residents over the age of 65 or over *55 years if they are Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander. All participants require a referral from your General Practitioner or Allied Health Provider, who will assess your eligibility. Eligibility for each service is listed in the links below.
If ineligible for these programs, GCPHN encourages all individuals to review the resource list below for alternative options to support healthy ageing and reduce the onset of frailty.
These programs are free for eligible individuals and currently have no waitlist.
Meet the service providers of our Healthy Ageing programs in this video:
Healthy Ageing and Frailty Information Booklet for Clinicians (Online Version)
Healthy Ageing Brochure for Clinicians (Print Friendly)
Seniors Events by City of Gold Coast
Active & Healthy by City of Gold Coast
Healthy Active Ageing: Resources for Seniors by Queensland Health
A practical guide and example are provided to identify patients at risk of frailty in Primary Care and to support healthy ageing initiatives as a CQI activity and for PIP QI and CPD purposes.
Identify patients with frailty indicators, thanks to Primary Sense’s new report, “Frailty Care Management.” With its user-friendly interface, the report makes it easier for staff to review and confirm a patient’s frailty status, ensuring they receive appropriate care.
To use the report and make the most of Primary Sense, we recommend watching this short video
A series of four articles on frailty, prepared by Dr Chris Bollen (MBBS MBA FRACGP FACHSM MAICD) Director of BMP Healthcare Consulting for the Gold Coast Primary Health Network as part of the frailty early intervention program.