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 October 2023 | Issue 3 

Welcome to the October 2023 issue of our newsletter


  • Spring into Action!
  • Exercise video resources for Residential Aged Care
  • Mini Review: Dementia and Falls 

  • Rural Fall Prevention Forum - Batemans Bay 27th OCT 2023 - REGISTER NOW!
  • Rural Exercise to Prevent Falls workshop - Batemans Bay 28th OCT 2023 - REGISTER NOW!
  • Stepping On - USA
  • Upcoming conferences
    • International Forum on Quality and Safety
    • International Motor Impairment Conference
    • ANZFPS Falls Prevention Conference & World Falls Congress

Spring is here! With the weather warming up and the days getting longer, it’s a great time to head outdoors, get active and take action to prevent falls.


Spring to Action is an initiative led by Northern Sydney LHD Health Promotion, supported by the NSW Fall Prevention and Healthy Ageing Network. Spring into action and help us reduce fall risk among our older friends, family and community.



You can access a range of resources to get your patients and clients moving and engaging in activity to stay strong and prevent falls:

  • Take the Spring into Action Quiz (and test your colleagues)
  • Find local exercise programs suitable for older adults, such as Healthy Lifestyle, Healthy & Active for Life and Stepping On
  • Access your Primary Health Network’s Health Pathways to find local clinics and services to help with falls prevention
  • Access falls prevention information sheets

For more information and Spring into Action resources: nshp.com.au/SpringIntoAction


For local exercise programs: Active & Healthy website


NSW Fall Prevention and Healthy Ageing Network campaign resources:


Exercise Video Resources for Residential Aged Care

In partnership with Anglicare and the Institute for Musculoskeletal Health, the Network has developed a series of exercise videos to support allied health staff in providing safe, evidence-based fall prevention exercise to older people. The videos offer appropriate exercise options for all levels of ability, including beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. With the recent changes to the AN-ACC, the videos are a great resource to refer to if you want to incorporate more fall prevention exercise programs into your RAC services. 


Also included is a fantastic exercise promotional video with the lovely staff and residents of Dudley Foord House, Anglicare. They discuss the many wonderful benefits they experience in participating in balance and strength exercises. A great video to share with residents, clients or loved ones who might need some encouragement to get started!


Videos are freely available on the Network website here:


Fall Prevention Exercise Beginner

Fall Prevention Exercise Intermediate

Fall Prevention Exercise Advanced


NSW Fall Prevention & Healthy Ageing Network Mini-Evidence Review

Each year the Network completes two mini reviews, summarising the emerging evidence in specific areas of fall prevention research. 



Cameron Hicks1,2, Kim Delbaere1,2, Daina Sturnieks1,2, Morag Taylor1,2

1 Falls, Balance and Injury Research Centre, Neuroscience Research Australia; 2 Faculty of Medicine and Health, UNSW


This 'mini-evidence' review summarises the latest evidence for fall risk factors in people living with dementia. Risk factors discussed include:

  • balance and walking
  • inactivity and functional impairment
  • medication use
  • cognition
  • behavioral and psychological symptoms

The paper also summaries the evidence for fall prevention interventions across hospital, community, residential aged care facilitates.



Dementia is a term for a range of progressive neurological conditions where there is impairment of one or more higher cognitive functions (executive function, learning and memory, language, complex attention, perceptual-motor and social cognition) that cannot be better explained by another medical condition [1]. Dementia encompasses Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, dementia with Lewy bodies, LATE (Limbic-predominant age-associated TDP-43 encephalopathy), frontotemporal dementia and mixed pathology. In 2022, over 400,000 Australians were estimated to be living with dementia
and the financial burden of dementia was estimated at $9.8 billion [2]. Although there is some evidence that the incidence of dementia is decreasing, dementia remains a growing public health issue as a result of population ageing [3, 4]. The number of Australians living with dementia is expected to reach 850,000 by 2058 [2] while the financial burden of dementia is predicted to rise to $24.1 billion in 2056 [5]. 


To read further: See email attachment 


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RURAL Workshop - Batemans Bay

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Stepping On - News


International Forum on Quality and Safety
Oct 30 - Nov 1, Melbourne, VIC



Find out more



3rd International Motor Impairment Conference
November 20-22, Sydney, NSW



Find out more



Australian and New Zealand Falls Prevention Conference & World Falls Congress
November 26-28, Perth, WA


Don't miss out on the launch of the new ACSQHC Australian Fall Prevention Guidelines!

Find out more




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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Telephone +61 2 9399 1063

Email fallsnetwork@neura.edu.au


Our mailing address is:
NSW Falls Prevention Network
Neuroscience Research Australia
PO Box 1165
Randwick NSW 2031


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