The ANZSGM plays a key role in advocating for the care of older people through its work to influence policy and allocation of resources.
Our priority policy areas are determined by Council along with current issues affecting older people and geriatricians. Advocacy is conducted by Council at a organisation wide level and at local level through our Divisions.
The impacts of COVID-19 and the findings from the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety continue to set the agenda for many policy discussions. We advocate for geriatricians in private practice to achieve improved remuneration for the complex care of older patients and promote research in service development, clinical practice and basic science.
We work collaboratively with government and other medical bodies to develop new policy and improve existing policy in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand. By drawing on the clinical expertise of our members we respond to public consultations through submissions that help shape decision making and push for key changes in healthcare.
Our position statements have been developed through the expertise of our Policy and Advocacy Committee and support the various aspects of clinical care of older people. If you are interested in joining the committee or if you would like the ANZSGM to contribute to your organisation’s consultation, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We maintain networks and partnerships across other professional organisations to highlight the profile of Geriatric Medicine in the Asia Pacific region. The ANZSGM will endorse policies and guidelines produced by other professional bodies that support the mission of the Society. If you are seeking endorsement please email us and we will consider your request.