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 September 2022 | Issue 4 

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NSW Fall Prevention and Healthy Ageing Network Hybrid Workshop: Exercise to Prevent Falls in Older People


For Allied Health Professionals

Saturday 29 October, 2022 9am - 12:30pm AEDT

Location: NeuRA 139 Barker St, Randwick 2031 + Online theory modules


A comprehensive program to equip you with the practical skills to develop evidence-based fall prevention strategies.


Workshop Schedule

  • 6 online learning modules completed through our online learning platform. To be completed prior to the practical session.
  • A 3hr face-to-face practical session including fall risk screening, case study discussions, exercise demonstrations and an opportunity to develop and present an exercise program.

About this course

This continuing education program will equip Allied Health Professionals with important information to guide the provision of appropriate falls prevention physical activity and exercise programs for older people. Topics to be covered include the social and economic issues of falls, risk factors for falls, physiological consequences of ageing, biomechanical and physiological principles of balance, and effective falls prevention strategies.


In undertaking the program, participants will be trained to develop safe and efficacious community exercise programs for older adults that are designed in a manner to maximise uptake and adherence of those populations who stand to most benefit from exercise. Through structured learning tasks across a number of different learning formats, participants will acquire the knowledge and ability to identify, develop, demonstrate and implement evidence-based exercise interventions designed to enhance physical and functional capacity and prevent falls and fall related injury.


This workshop includes:

  • An overview of the issue of falls in older people
  • Understanding balance and ageing
  • Evidence-based fall prevention interventions
  • Developing fall prevention programs


Ticket cost

$120.00 including tax. Places are limited.


The FRNSW Community Engagement Unit strives to improve the safety and wellbeing of all NSW residents, but we have particular programs that target the elderly and persons living with disabilities. Given that many of you interact with members of this community, we would really like to assist you in improving fire safety awareness in their residences.


Ways in which we can achieve this:

  • Carry out Home Fire Safety Visits upon your request, through the links on the FRNSW website, which may include installing a smoke alarm (free of charge) in the residence if required
  • Provide Fire Safety messaging through our booklets and other materials, to assist the residents and service providers
  • Be available to you all for any other Fire Safety concerns that you may encounter in your day-to-day operations


Upcoming Events

Plenary Speakers Include:

  • Prof Matthew Costa PhD, FRCS (Tr&Orth) Professor of Orthopaedic Trauma Surgery at the University of Oxford and Honorary Consultant Trauma Surgeon at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford.
  • Dr Sandra Luliano, Senior Research Fellow, Department of medicine, University of Melbourne.
  • Prof Peter Ebeling, Head of the Department of Medicine, School of Clinical Sciences at Monash Health, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Monash University.
  • Plus many more!


Date: Wednesday 19 October 2022

Time: 8.30am – 5.00pm + 5pm onwards- optional networking event

Venue: Clarendon Auditorium, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Convention Centre Place, South Wharf, Victoria 3006


In partnership with the Fragility Fracture Network, the ANZHFR invites you to Hip Fest 2022; Joined at the Hip.

The ANZHFR is a bi-national audit of hip fracture care and secondary fracture prevention in Australia and New Zealand. Its objective is to use data to improve hip fracture care across both countries.

The Festival will offer a forum to explore multidisciplinary teamwork in hip fracture care and highlight examples of best practice. Learn about the Registry and the My Hip/ My Voice consumer project. We are also excited to announce the winners of the Golden Hip Award.

Join us after the Hip Fest for networking drinks and canapes. Please indicate if you will attend this optional event in the registration form.

10th NSW Aged Health Collaborative Forum 1 Dec 2022 – Call for Abstracts close 30 Sept

The Aged Health Collaborative Forum aims to showcase the innovative work of the NSW public healthcare system and key service partners to improve health care for older people and promote broader uptake of good practice approaches.

This free online event is aimed at consumers, clinicians and managers from a range of health and partnering services who can lead and influence care experience and outcomes for older people.


Abstracts are invited for oral papers (15 min) and short pre-recorded ePosters. (6 min) that address one or more of the forum themes. Please use the abstract template (attached). Applicants may apply for both oral paper and ePoster.


Key Dates:

Call for abstracts close 30 September 2022.

Authors will be notified by 14 October 2022

Forum Day 1 December 2022

Abstract Themes

  1. Care for older people across  care settings
  2. Care of older people living with dementia
  3. Care of older Aboriginal people
  4. Care for older people living with frailty

Forum partners

The Aged Health Collaborative includes: Ministry of Health (Mental Health Branch; Health and Social Policy Branch; Whole of Health Program) Agency for Clinical Innovation; Clinical Excellence Commission; Health Education and Training Institute


Please submit abstracts using the attached template to Glen Pang, c/o Aged Health Collaborative via email: 





 by COB Friday 30 September 2022


Hybrid Conference, 27th - 30th November 2022

The Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide


Safety 2022 aims to bring together the global injury prevention community to continue the successful world conferences highlighting the important research, work and advocacy in injury prevention and safety promotion.


Registrations are now open for Safety 2022. Register at the earlybird rate to save and ensure your place to attend. 

Earlybird Speaker registrations will close at 11:59pm AEST, Friday 8 July 2022

Research Update

Effect of the STRIDE fall injury prevention intervention onfalls, fall injuries, and health-related quality of life

Ganz, D.A., Yuan, A.H., Greene, E.J. et al. 2022. doi:10.1111/jgs.17964


Background: Falls are common in older adults and can lead to severe injuries.The Strategies to Reduce Injuries and Develop Confidence in Elders (STRIDE)trial cluster-randomized 86 primary care practices across 10 health systems to a multifactorial intervention to prevent fall injuries, delivered by registered nurses trained as falls care managers, or enhanced usual care. STRIDE enrolled 5451community-dwelling older adults age≥70 at increased fall injury risk.

Methods: We assessed fall-related outcomes via telephone interviews of participants (or proxies) every 4 months. At baseline, 12 and 24 months, we assessed health-related quality of life (HRQOL) using the EQ-5D-5L and EQ-VAS. We used Poisson models to assess intervention effects on falls, fall-related fractures, fall injuries leading to hospital admission, and fall injuries leading to medical attention. We used hierarchical longitudinal linear models to assess HRQOL.

Results: For recurrent event models, intervention versus control incidence rate ratios were 0.97 (95% confidence interval [CI], 0.93–1.00;p=0.048) for falls, 0.93 (95% CI, 0.80–1.08;p=0.337) for self-reported fractures, 0.89 (95%CI, 0.73–1.07;p=0.205) for adjudicated fractures, 0.91 (95% CI, 0.77–1.07;p=0.263) for falls leading to hospital admission, and 0.97 (95% CI, 0.89–1.06;p=0.477) for falls leading to medical attention. Similar effect sizes (non-significant) were obtained for dichotomous outcomes (e.g., participants with≥1 events). The difference in least square mean change over time in EQ-5D-5L(intervention minus control) was 0.009 (95% CI,-0.002 to 0.019;p=0.106) at12 months and 0.005 (95% CI,-0.006 to 0.015;p=0.384) at 24 months.

Conclusions: Across a standard set of outcomes typically reported in fall prevention studies, we observed modest improvements, one of which was statistically significant. Future work should focus on patient-, practice-, and organization-level operational strategies to increase the real-world effective-ness of interventions, and improving the ability to detect small but potentially meaningful clinical effects.


Job Opportunity

SWS LHD Falls Prevention and Management Coordinator

About The Opportunity
As a key leader in falls prevention and management within the district, we are seeking an individual that can lead, guide, support and influence change. You will be a great communicator who can work autonomously whilst being able to inspire, motivate and support people to reach their full potential.

The Falls prevention and management Co-ordinator works collaboratively within the Nursing and Midwifery district team and across SWSLHD. This position coordinates and provides leadership across the Local Health District in falls prevention and management strategies. In addition the role provides expert clinical advice to staff, patients and carers toward promoting best practice in falls prevention in SWSLHD.


What you'll be doing
As part of the leadership team at SWSLHD you will bring vision and clarity to your role, be a great communicator, self directed, with an ability to inspire, motivate and support people to reach their full potential. Each day you challenge yourself to uphold the vision of the service, which is to provide compassionate care always through leading effective work cultures that transforms the patient and staff experience, in line with SWSLHD Transforming Your Experience.
This position will coordinate and provide leadership across the Local Health District in falls prevention and management. In addition the role will provide expert clinical advice to staff, patients and carers toward promoting best practice in falls prevention in SWSLHD.
The role will provide guidance and support to ensure that there is a focus on service development and appropriate oversight of practices, trends and indicators. Ongoing assessment and improvement in operational processes and clinical outcomes is an inherent responsibility of this position.
The role is to foster and maintain close professional relationships with relevant site/service managers, peers and District managers to achieve organisational goals.As a senior manager it is essential to ensure that systems and processes are in place to support the Nursing/Midwifery Unit Managers to meet the standards outlined in the Nursing and Midwifery management Framework.


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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