Acute Care of the Elderly (ACE) Unit

The Acute Care of the Elderly Unit (ACE) is a 26-bed unit, based at Canberra Hospital.

The ACE team includes Geriatricians (Doctors who specialise in the medical care of patients aged over 65yrs), Nurses, Allied Health staff (Dieticians, Occupational Therapists, Pharmacists, Physiotherapists, Psychologists, Social Workers, Speech Pathologist and Allied Health Assistants) and a Discharge Planner.

Our services

ACE provides patients with a comprehensive multidisciplinary service to support acutely unwell older patients. The ACE Team will work with the patient, the family, carer or significant other to develop a care plan that addresses individual needs.

Eligibility criteria

  • Patients over the age of 65 with specific geriatric conditions.
  • Admission is generally by assessment through the Emergency Department of Canberra Hospital.

Referrals and bookings

Admission is mostly through the Emergency Department of Canberra hospital.  Admission may also be arranged through Geriatric consultation at the Canberra Hospital, booked admission through Geriatric Outpatient Clinic and through referrals from RADAR, if appropriate.

Contact us

If you would like more information, or to discuss the program please contact the ACE Unit Clinical Nurse Consultant (CNC) on 02 6244 2774.

Find us

From Wednesday 21 December, 2016, Acute Care of the Elderly (ACE) will be temporarily located at Ward 4B, Building 1, Canberra Hospital.

We thank patients and visitors for their cooperation and patience during this time.

If you have any queries regarding the move, please do not hesitate to contact the Consumer Feedback and Engagement Team on 6207 7627.