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Aged Care Glossary

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Geriatrician - medical treatment of elderly: the branch of medicine that deals with the illnesses and medical care of elderly people

Government subsidised residential aged care facility

A government subsidised aged care facility is an old term for an Australian Government-subsidised aged care home. It is one which receives funding from the Australian Government and is bound by the requirements of the Aged Care Act 1997.


A guardian is a legally appointed substitute decision maker who, subject to the powers granted, may be able to make lifestyle decisions, such as where a person should live, consent to medical and dental services and health care generally. A family member or friend can be appointed as a guardian. In some circumstances, where it is not appropriate to appoint a private guardian, the board or tribunal has the option of appointing the Public Guardian, who is usually a statutory official.


A gynecologist is a doctor who specialises in preventing and treating illnesses of the female reproductive organs. If you are incontinent, your general practitioner may refer you to a specialist, such as a gynaecologist, to discuss treatment that may improve your condition.