About the Frailty Taskforce
Led by an Executive team, and supported by a Community of Practice, the Frailty Taskforce will focus on how to improve care for people living with frailty or at high risk of becoming frail. This will include strengthening a more integrated approach to frailty, ageing well and end of life care. The Frailty Taskforce will be exploring and advising on all aspects of the frailty spectrum.
The focus will take a phased approach and incorporate the care continuum before, and beyond the inpatient setting. It recognises primary and community care as integral components in a patient’s journey and the importance of transitions between settings for people living with frailty. Interventions and actions across these care settings may have the following focus areas:
- Identification of frailty and those at high risk of frailty;
- Shared care planning and shared decision making that includes a process for goal setting, including advance care directives;
- Early and ongoing mobilisation and physical activity;
- Polypharmacy and de-prescribing inappropriate therapies, and
- Optimising nutrition for people living with frailty or at risk of frailty.
Frailty Executive team
Professor Sue Kurrle
Geriatrician Hornsby Ku-ring-gai and Eurobodalla Health Services; Clinical Director NSLHD Rehabilitation & Aged Care; Curran Chair in Health Care of Older People Faculty of Medicine & Health, University of Sydney
Professor Ken Hillman
Professor of Intensive Care, Liverpool Hospital; University of NSW (SWS Clinical School); Director of the Simpson Centre for Health Services Rsearch, University of NSW; Ingham Institute for Applied Medical Research
Sandeep Gupta, Co-Chair
Head of Department: Physiotherapy, Balmain Hospital, SLHD; ACI Rehabilitation Network Co-Chair