The Department of Geriatric Medicine is engaged in research that examines the major clinical syndromes experienced by older persons in the community: falls, mobility disorders, delirium, dementia, continence, polypharmacy and frailty.
Our research into falls prevention includes multicentre randomised controlled trials of exercise therapy in Parkinson's disease, dementia and mild cognitive impairment. Our work on incontinence has led to multinational collaborations and an update of the Chapter on Incontinence in the Frail Elderly (6TH International Consultation on Incontinence) and participation in an International Consortium for Health Outcomes Measurement (ICHOM) for Overactive Bladder (OAB). The safe use of medications in older persons is the focus of many of our ongoing studies.
We have ongoing research collaborations with Neuroscience Research Australia, Sydney Medical School, Faculty of Pharmacy, the University of Sydney and RPA Cardiology.
Higher Degree Students:
- Dr George Szonyi, International Consultation of Incontinence and ICHOM for OAB
- Assoc Prof Mark Latt, Falls, Parkinson's disease , Dementia and Polypharmacy
- Ms Annie Hepworth, Falls, Delirium and Dementia
- Dr Scott Murray, Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation
- Dr Cristina Cristoloveanu, Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation
- Reza Kahlaee, PhD, Faculty of Pharmacy, The University of Sydney
Publications and Presentations
- Latt, M., Loh, K., Ge, L., Hepworth, A. The validity of three fall risk screening tools in an acute geriatric inpatient population. Australasian Journal on Ageing 2016;35(3):167-173.
- Chan B, Reeve E, Matthews M, Carroll P, Long JC, Held F, Latt M, Naganathan V, Caplan G Hilmer SN. Medicine information exchange networks among health care professionals and prescribing in geriatric medicine wards. British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, accepted 5/12/16.
- Kahlaee R, Latt MD, Schneider CR. Association between chronic or acute use of antihypertensive class of medications and falls in older adults. A systematic review and meta-analysis. American Journal of Hypertension, hpx189, https://doi.org/10.1093/ajh/hpx199. Published: 26 October 2017.
- Latt MD, George S, Ngo P, Brown J, Mehr S. Accidental self-injection with adrenaline auto-injectors occurs frequently but is under-reported.Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, accepted 13/2/2017.
- Pelicioni PHS, Brodie MA, Latt MD, Menant JC, Menz HB, Fung VSC, Lord SR. Gait stability is affected by antiparkinsonian medication in Parkinson's disease subtypes. International Society of Biomechanics (International)
Contact details for department
Head of Department: Dr George Szonyi
Department/Unit: Geriatric Medicine
Telephone: (02) 9515 9800
Facsimile: (02) 9515 9801