Beaches RAPID ACCESS care of the elderly (BRACE) is a multidisciplinary service aiming to provide a timely assessment of frail, older people in the community, either in their own homes or residential aged care facilities.

The team consists of a geriatric doctor, physiotherapist, occupational therapist, specialist nurse and admin assistant. Please note that the physiotherapist and Occupational therapist do not see residents of aged care facilities except for those in independent living.

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Eligibility

  • >70 years of age
  • At risk of presentation or re-presentation to a hospital due to acute functional or cognitive decline
  • High falls risk or recurrent falls

Referral

A referral from a GP is required to see the doctor and team physiotherapist.

Referral letters can be faxed to 99797876.

Please call 99986111 to speak with the team's administrative assistant if you require any further information or need to speak with a team member. The team is happy to discuss referrals over the phone.

Urgent cases

All people referred are treated as urgent cases and will be contacted quickly after receiving the referral. The team aims to see each patient within 7 days.

Other information 

An important part of the service is outreach to Residential Aged Care Facilities (RACFs) to support RACF staff in managing the care of older people requiring specialist or hospital services. The service is similar to the GRACE service at Hornsby Ku-Ring-Gai Hospital.

There are falls prevention clinics for community dwelling older people at Mona Vale Community Health Centre on Wednesday mornings and at Manly Hospital on Thursday mornings. Referrals can me made via the same fax number.

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Mona Vale Community Health Centre, Coronation St, Mona Vale, 2103

Finding Us: Enter the Community Health building from Coronation St, just past the ED. Three hour parking is available at the front of the building. Clinics are held on level 3.

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Open Mon - Fri
8am - 5:30pm

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Phone: 99986111

Fax: 99797876