Mission Statement

To foster and promote excellence in health care of older persons in Australia and New Zealand

The Australian and New Zealand Society for Geriatric Medicine is a Specialty Society representing medical practitioners who care for older people. We have over 1200 members, including consultant physicians, psychogeriatricians, academics, and more than 220 trainees in Geriatric Medicine. The Society formed in the early 1970’s as the Australian Geriatrics Society, later changed its name to the Australian Society for Geriatric Medicine, amalgamating in 2006 with the New Zealand Society for Geriatric Medicine, to become the Australian and New Zealand Society for Geriatric Medicine (ANZSGM). Our Federal Council represents all Australian states and New Zealand, and our divisions all have their own meetings and networks.

ANZSGM Strategic Plan 2018 – 2020

A message from our president

The Australian and New Zealand Society for Geriatric Medicine is the professional society for geriatricians and other medical practitioners with an interest in medical care of older people. The society acts to represent the needs of its members and the wider community in a bid to constantly review and improve the care of older people in Australia and New Zealand. Its major functions are around education, policy development and review, and political advocacy.

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Professor Vasikaran Naganathan

Our many activities include

An Annual Scientific Meeting: In 2021, our meeting was held in Melbourne, VIC with the theme ‘20/20 Hindsight: Vision for the Future’ ,  with our 2022 ASM to be held in Perth, WA.

We work with the Royal Australian College of Physicians (RACP) to provide Advanced Training in Geriatric Medicine for our future geriatricians.

We advocate for the care of older people and their families, with representation on many government and other committees which influence policy and resource allocation.

We represent geriatricians in private practice and have achieved improved remuneration for the complex care of older patients.

We develop Position Statements about many aspects of clinical care of older people.

We have networks with other professional organisations and we are developing the profile of Geriatric Medicine in the Asia Pacific region.

We support and promote research in all aspects of ageing – service development, clinical practice and basic science.

With the Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG) and the Council on the Ageing (COTA), we produce the Australasian Journal on Ageing (AJA).