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 December 2023 | Issue 5 

Welcome to the December 2023 issue of our newsletter


  • Save the Date! NSW Fall Prevention and Healthy Ageing Network 2024 Annual Fall Forum
  • Fall Prevention in NSW White Paper
  • April Falls 2024 Merchandise Orders
  • Research Highlight

  • Stepping On - Update
  • Healthy and Active for Life Online - Update

Save the Date! 2024 Annual Fall Forum

NSW Fall Prevention and Healthy Ageing Network 2024 Annual Fall Forum

Friday June 7th, 2024

Wesley Conference Centre, Sydney


The NSW Fall Prevention & Healthy Ageing Network Annual Forum provides a fantastic opportunity to come together and learn about the latest on fall prevention and healthy ageing. Listen to experts in their field provide an overview of the latest research, advocacy, quality improvement and fall prevention in residential aged care and hospital, and community program initiatives.

This forum also provides a fabulous opportunity to network, exchanges ideas and learn from each other.


To revisit the 2023 forum, click here.

Fall Prevention in NSW White Paper

A reminder that the CEC recently released the Fall Prevention in NSW White Paper 2023, highlighting the high cost and trauma of falls for individuals and the community.


Examples of local solutions already being undertaken around NSW are also provided, along with nine recommendations for policy makers, stakeholders and governments to consider and respond to. What will your role be?



April Falls 2024 - Merchandise Orders

Due to the success of the 2023 Better Balance for Fall Prevention campaign, we're excited to announce that we will be keeping the same theme for April Falls 2024. A reminder that the April Falls 2024 merchandise catalogue and order form are attached.

New Addition this year - Vests!


Order cut off date - 29th January 2024.
Please email orders to: sales@goodgear.com.au

Please visit the April Falls campaign webpage here. We will keep you posted on any additional resources in the coming months.


Effects of an Exercise Program to Reduce Falls in Older People Living in Long-Term Care: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Taylor LM, Parsons J, Moyes SA, Binns E, Cavadino A, Taylor D, Lord S, Del Din S, Klenk J, Rochester L, Kerse N. J. Am. Med. Dir. Assoc. 2023; ePub(ePub): ePub. 

DOI: 10.1016/j.jamda.2023.10.022


OBJECTIVES: To investigate the effect of an exercise program on falls in intermediate and high-level long-term care (LTC) residents and to determine whether adherence, physical capacity, and cognition modified outcomes.

DESIGN: Randomized controlled trial.


SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS: Residents (n = 520, aged 84 ± 8 years) from 25 LTC facilities in New Zealand. METHODS: Individually randomized to Staying UpRight, a physical therapist-led, balance and strength group exercise program delivered for 1 hour, twice weekly over 12 months. The control arm was dose-matched and used seated activities with no resistance. Falls were collected using routinely collected incident reports.


RESULTS: Baseline fall rates were 4.1 and 3.3 falls per person-year (ppy) for intervention and control groups. Fall rates over the trial period were 4.1 and 4.3 falls ppy respectively [P =.89, incidence rate ratio (IRR) 0.98, 95% CI 0.76, 1.27]. Over the 12-month trial period, 74% fell, with 63% of intervention and 61% of the control group falling more than once. Risk of falls (P =.56, hazard ratio 1.08, 95% CI 0.85, 1.36) and repeat falling or fallers sustaining an injury at trial completion were similar between groups. Fall rates per 100 hours walked did not differ between groups (P =.42, IRR 1.15, 95% CI 0.81, 1.63). Program delivery was suspended several times because of COVID-19, reducing average attendance to 26 hours over 12 months. Subgroup analyses of falls outcomes for those with the highest attendance (≥50% of classes), better physical capacity (Short Physical Performance Battery scores ≥8/12), or cognition (Montreal Cognitive Assessment scores ≥ 18/30) showed no significant impact of the program.

CONCLUSIONS/IMPLICATIONS: In intermediate and high-level care residents, the Staying UpRight program did not reduce fall rates or risk compared with a control activity, independent of age, sex, or care level. Inadequate exercise dose because of COVID-19- related interruptions to intervention delivery likely contributed to the null result.


For more fall prevention-related research publications, the NSW Fall Prevention and Healthy Ageing Network collates abstracts from SafetyLit.org which can be viewed here.

Stepping On - Update

To make it as easy as possible for healthcare providers to offer Stepping On, no individual agreements will be required.

Please feel free to add the attached flyer to your website, pass the flyer onto your networks and encourage them to contact Sydney University Press or Megan Swann (megan.swann@bigpond.com) for further details.


Copy of Stepping On flyer attached

Healthy and Active for Life Online - Update

From January 2024, NSW Health will offer free Healthy Ageing Online Learning, which includes HAL Online materials on the Active & Healthy website. This means that you will not need to register or log in, making it easier for more people to access the content at any time.

All NSW older adults also have access to free phone and online-based health coaching through the Get Healthy Service. The Get Healthy Service offers coaching and online support to help you make lifestyle changes and reach your health goals. The program can support you to:

- Eat healthily 

- Get active  

- Reduce alcohol  

- Reach and stay at a healthy weight 

- Stay active during and after cancer treatment

For more information on the Get Healthy Service or to register for the program, call 1300 806 258 or visit www.gethealthynsw.com.au


Our vision is to lead the way in fall prevention and other healthy ageing initiatives by harnessing expert knowledge and being collaborative in all we do.


We work closely with researchers, policy makers, health practitioners and community service providers in the development and promotion of healthy ageing services and programs with a focus on preventing falls and fall-related injury.


Our purpose is to support practitioners to improve the lives of older Australians through healthy ageing initiatives with a focus on preventing falls and fall-related injuries.


Do you have any news on Falls Prevention or healthy ageing that you want to share with others on the network, or report on a project that is happening in your area. We also welcome suggestions for articles and information you would like to see in this newsletter. Send your news and suggestions to: fallsnetwork@neura.edu.au

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NSW Falls Prevention Network
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