RACGP aged care clinical guide (Silver Book)

Silver Book - Part C

Last revised: 01 Aug 2023

Organisational approaches to aged care


More than one in three general practice patient encounters are with older people aged 65 years and over, and general practitioners (GPs) are increasingly seeing more older people in their practice. GPs are the main providers of medical care to people in residential aged care facilities. GPs see more than 90% of permanent aged care residents and they see each resident on an average of twice a month.1 

Part C: Organisational approaches to aged care’ provides guidance on the different systems and tools, that can be applied to support care for people in residential aged care and community settings. 

It is intended to complement Part A: Common clinical conditions in aged care and Part B: General approaches to aged care.


  1. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). Interfaces between the aged care and health systems in Australia – GP use by people living in permanent residential aged care 2012–13 to 2016–17. AIHW, 2020. [Accessed 22 October 2022].