Sarah graduated in medicine at The University of NSW with MB BS and BSc(med) in 1996. She completed her training in general medicine and geriatrics at The Prince of Wales and St George Hospitals, becoming a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians in 2006 as a specialist geriatrician.
Sarah is a senior staff specialist at St George and Greenwich Hospitals. She is also a conjoint lecturer at The University of New South Wales.
Sarah pursued her interest in medical ethics and health law at Sydney University and was awarded a Masters of Bioethics in 2015.
Sarah’s passion as a geriatrician is care of the whole person and maximising physical function to improve quality of life in ageing. When things start to get a little difficult, she has years of experience in advising patients and families on options for medical and personal care. Through her expertise in the medical, ethical and legal aspects of end of life decision-making, Sarah can help you ensure that your choices and dignity are respected.
Sarah is delighted to provide expert geriatrics care on Sydney’s lower North Shore.
Geriatricians are specialist physicians who manage medical conditions associated with ageing. I am interested in how illnesses, medications and the physiological changes of ageing affect your physical function and daily life.
Each comprehensive geriatric assessment is tailored to your individual needs. However, you can expect: a detailed medical and personal history, review of your medications and a thorough physical examination which may include cognitive testing, mobility and other functional assessments. I will work together with you and your family to develop a personalised treatment plan that’s right for you.
If you or a loved one has noticed forgetfulness or problems with thinking, a cognitive assessment, along with a general health and medication review will help to clarify the issue and identify what can be done to help.
If you are slower or less steady on your feet, or have already experienced falls, I can help find ways to optimise your physical condition, minimise harmful medication and limit the risk of injury and loss of independence.
Polypharmacy, or over-prescription of medication, is a problem affecting many older people. It causes an increased risk of adverse medication effects, drug interactions, falls and confusion. I am just as keen to reduce your pills as you are!
Bathroom troubles need not be an inevitable part of ageing. I am experienced in the medical management of incontinence and constipation.
If you are unsure of what types of community services that you need, or how to go about accessing them, I can help you navigate the system and am very happy to help with “My Aged Care” referral for her patients.
Do you know who will make decisions for you if you are too unwell to make them yourself? Have you told your loved ones what your wishes for your future care are? These conversations can be hard, but being prepared can make a great difference to your family if they are faced with making difficult choices for you when you are very ill.
I have a Masters of Bioethics and am experienced in ethics and health law. I am trained in Capacity Assessment through Capacity Australia and am a member of The Australasian Association of Bioethics and Health Law. I can do all types of Capacity Assessment and assist in cases that may require referral to the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal – Guardianship Division.
All you need for your appointment is a referral letter from your local doctor and a current list of your medications. If you have any recent scans or results, bring them too. It is a good idea to have a family member or carer with you on the day.
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Social distancing requirements may mean we have to limit numbers in the clinic room, however it may be possible for family members to "dial in" during the consultation. Please call ahead if you have any questions.
Many components of your assessment are difficult to do remotely, but telemedicine may be possible for some follow-up visits.