With Brisbane’s continually ageing population, a lot of its elderly residents are seeking consultations for their health conditions. Looking for a Geriatrician Brisbane? Ubuntu Medical has provided a healthcare option for these individuals by having geriatricians accessible in the clinic.
Understanding Geriatrician Work
Geriatrician Brisbane physicians are medical doctors who specialise in diagnosing, treating, and preventing disability and illnesses for adults. These are doctors who specialised in a human’s ageing process and are well-trained in their field. They are board passers, specifically in family medicine or internal medicine. They are also trained and certified in geriatric medicine.
Geriatricians focus on all aspects of health that affect the elderly and can be seen in various settings such as hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation centres, or clinics. There are instances when they provide in-home care too. They mostly deal with health problems older adults experience such as body pains, memory loss, incontinence, among others. Given their declining health condition, they experience physical, mental, or emotional illnesses or stress. As a result, they require assistance from others. Hence, the assessment for the capacity for self-care of adults.
Geriatricians deal with illnesses encountered by elders, there are a wide array of conditions that they can treat such as:
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Heart Ailments/Stroke
- Parkinson’s disease
- Sleep disorders
The approach of geriatricians is holistic and multidisciplinary. The geriatricians work with other doctors and allied health specialists to ensure that the elders’ health condition is managed. They also make sure that the elders have a safe and supported environment for a reasonable quality of life. Elders and their caregivers will be given advice on how to cope in the home environment and what emotional support the family can give in managing the elderly patients.
Medical Training and Qualifications of Geriatricians
Individuals who would like to venture the medical field would need to go through a basic medical training which lasts from 5 to 6 years. Junior medical students learn about the human body and the conditions that can deter its normal functioning. They get a mix of lectures, group discussions, hospital work, and community work. Learning is mostly self-directed.
Once medical school has been completed, doctors undergo a closely supervised training where they get exposure on general medicine, emergency medicine, and surgery. This serves as an apprenticeship for the new doctor.
After a year of post-graduate internship, intern doctors proceed to residency where they spend 1 to 3 years for specialised training. Resident doctors are usually given a wider scope, such as invasive procedures, but are under supervision.
Once these have been completed by a doctor, they may opt to apply for specialised training in their desired field. They have to pass the initial examinations for a slot in specialist positions. After which, doctors work with a consultant in their chosen specialisation and would go through specialised training. Eventually, they can take a fellowship and ongoing assessment of the doctor’s performance. Conducting research is also required during the fellowship.
Having completed all this training, doctors practice independently and become a full-fledged Geriatrician specialist.
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