Geriatric Evaluation Medicine (GEM) is rehabilitation that is provided for patients with chronic (long-lasting or persistent) or complex conditions that are associated with ageing, cognitive dysfunction (which can affect thoughts, memories and reasoning) or disability.

What we do

Hospital ward staff manage each patient individually with the goal of giving you the opportunity, as much as possible, to regain your independence.

You may have been at the hospital City Campus after an episode of ill-health or for surgery and you may need further time to recover or you might be an older person living at home and needing further assistance.

When you arrive at the GEM ward, you will be assessed by health professionals from a range of disciplines such as specialist aged care doctors, nurses, physiotherapists and social workers, to assess the care and therapy that will be needed.

Everyday activities are part of the rehabilitation process. You are encouraged to be as independent as possible while you are in the ward and staff will assist where this is needed. These activities include sitting out of bed to eat meals and dressing in your own clothes.

If you have any questions about your care and treatment and future plans, do not hesitate to speak with the ward staff.

The decision to leave the GEM ward is made in consultation with medical staff, other health professionals and your family and carers. The next steps might be to return home with any services that you need, moving to the transition care program or residential care.


  • It is important that you nominate one family member as a contact for the ward as this person will become the key contact point for the ward staff.
  • If you have an enduring power of attorney (EPOA), please bring in your paperwork for ward staff.
  • Talk with your family, carers and staff about taking breaks off the ward and going for a coffee in a café in a wheelchair.

How to access this service

We welcome phone enquiries from individuals, family members and carers.

What to bring

Every time you come to hospital

Every time you come to hospital for a test, day procedure, surgery or treatment, you should bring:

  • Medicare card
  • Health Care card (if you have one)
  • Concession card (if you have one)
  • Adverse drug alert card (if you have one)
  • Medications you are currently taking, including any that you have bought without a prescription
  • X-ray films, scans, ultrasounds or any other test results you have which are related to your procedure
  • Private health insurance card (if you want to use it)
  • Aids (glasses, hearing aid, walking frame)
For residential aged care

Ask your family or carers to bring:

  • Activities that you enjoy such as newspapers, crosswords and headphones
  • Clothes, shoes and toiletries to be used while you are in hospital, as it is nice to have familiar items around you
Do not bring (for overnight or longer stay)

And if you're staying overnight, do not bring:

  • Your handbag, wallet, purse or large amounts of cash. Just bring a small amount for items such as newspapers, magazines or coffee

  • Valuables, such as jewellery, watches or other items of value to you

In a medical emergency, call 000. If you are feeling unwell, see your local GP or go to your local hospital Emergency department for help.