Anne is a Physician who works in General Medicine and Older Persons Health. She is the clinical lead
for the Acute Stroke Unit (post-acute care and early rehabilitation) at Christchurch Hospital and
works as a Community Geriatrician. She sometimes has the privilege of reviewing people she
met as acute medical patients in their home environments. She is a member of the organising
committee for IMSANZ 2020 and welcomes attendees to Christchurch.
The Green, Green Grass of Home
General Medicine patients do not live in our hospitals. They come from and hope to return
to their homes in the outside world. They often have long term relationships with their primary care
team and specialists who provide ambulatory care. We meet them briefly in our domain and we
need to remember their context in the community.
I will speak about transitions from home into hospital and back again. I will gather insights from
primary care teams, people who have been patients in hospital and those who provide post-
discharge care in the community. I will refer to evidence about home-based recovery and
rehabilitation and hope to remind us all how good it is to see the green, green grass of home.