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About the Frailty Taskforce

Led by an Executive team, and supported by a Community of Practice, the Frailty Taskforce will focus on how to improve care for people living with frailty or at high risk of becoming frail. This will include strengthening a more integrated approach to frailty, ageing well and end of life care. The Frailty Taskforce will be exploring and advising on all aspects of the frailty spectrum.

The focus will take a phased approach and incorporate the care continuum before, and beyond the inpatient setting. It recognises primary and community care as integral components in a patient’s journey and the importance of transitions between settings for people living with frailty. Interventions and actions across these care settings may have the following focus areas:

  1. Identification of frailty and those at high risk of frailty;
  2. Shared care planning and shared decision making that includes a process for goal setting, including advance care directives;
  3. Early and ongoing mobilisation and physical activity;
  4. Polypharmacy and de-prescribing inappropriate therapies, and
  5. Optimising nutrition for people living with frailty or at risk of frailty.

Frailty Executive team

Professor Sue Kurrle

Professor Sue Kurrle
Geriatrician Hornsby Ku-ring-gai and Eurobodalla Health Services; Clinical Director NSLHD Rehabilitation & Aged Care; Curran Chair in Health Care of Older People Faculty of Medicine & Health, University of Sydney

Professor Ken Hillman

Professor Ken Hillman
Professor of Intensive Care, Liverpool Hospital; University of NSW (SWS Clinical School); Director of the Simpson Centre for Health Services Rsearch, University of NSW; Ingham Institute for Applied Medical Research

Susan Kurrle is a geriatrician practising at Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Hospital in northern Sydney and at Batemans Bay Hospital in southern NSW. She is the Clinical Network Director for Rehabilitation and Aged Care in Northern Sydney Local Health District and she holds the Curran Chair in Health Care of Older People in the Faculty of Medicine and Health at the University of Sydney. Her research and practice interests centre on frailty, dementia, successful ageing, and improving care for older people in residential care. She was involved as medical adviser and commentator for the award winning ABC documentary series ‘Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds’, and has been working on implementing a similar model of care in residential aged care facilities and community centres across Australia. She is currently leading an NHMRC grant funded study on implementing frailty screening and interventions in acute hospital inpatients in NSW and SA.

Ken Hillman is Professor of Intensive Care at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) with clinical practice at Liverpool and Campbelltown hospitals. Ken graduated from Sydney University and trained at St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney and St. Bartholomews Hospital in London. He was the first candidate to pass the Australian intensive care examination in 1980, following which he became the Director of Intensive Care at Charing Cross Hospital in London before returning to Australia to become Director at Liverpool Hospital in Sydney. He has over 190 peer reviewed publications; approximately 60 chapters in textbooks; co-authored an intensive care textbook; co-edited several textbooks; and written two books; and has acquired over $23 million in peer reviewed grants. Ken has held many professional positions related to health. He is the Director of the Simpson Centre for Health Services Research.

Sandeep Gupta

Sandeep Gupta, Co-Chair
Head of Department: Physiotherapy, Balmain Hospital, SLHD; ACI Rehabilitation Network Co-Chair

Helen Tuxworth

Helen Tuxworth
Carer representative

Helen is a retired Registered Nurse with over 35 years’ experience working in the Community sector. With a focus on Aged Care she was a National Registered Nurse Team Leader providing leadership to staff providing care in regional NSW, Queensland, Victoria and Tasmania. With a caring role for members of her family, Helen is a member of Carers NSW.