Professor Kwang Lim, MBBS (NSW), MD (Melb), FRACP is a geriatrician. He currently is the Clinical Director for Medicine and Aged Care at Royal Melbourne Hospital. He is a Clinical Professor of Medicine for the University of Melbourne.
He has had previous roles including the Chief Medical Officer and Clinical Director of Medicine and Continuing Care at Northern Health in Melbourne. He was also the Director of Research, Northern Health.
He trained as a Geriatrician at Prince of Wales hospital, Sydney and moved to Melbourne to commence a doctorate looking at improving service provision for older people following discharge from hospital. The research results demonstrated that an increase in intensity of service provision in the first 6 weeks after discharge, resulted in a reduction in subsequent hospital use over a 6 month follow-up period. This lead to the adoption of the Post Acute Care program across the state of Victoria.
His research experience involves health service interventions in the care of older patients with chronic diseases, including studies in telemedicine, perioperative cardiac injury, chronic heart failure, delirium and older patients discharged from hospital. He has had previous National Health and Medical Research Council funding, including performing a randomised controlled study on older adults with obesity.
Delirium For The General Physician
Delirium is a serious, common and underdiagnosed syndrome which presents as an acute deterioration of mental status. Delirium is associated with multiple adverse outcomes including patient and carer distress, increased length of hospital stay, risk of future dementia, deterioration in function, new institutionalisation and increased mortality. Treatment involves identifying acute causes and minimising precipitants including environmental strategies. The risk of developing delirium in hospital can be reduced through targeted multicomponent interventions.