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Mental Health and Falls Prevention Workshop - 24th August 2017

A very successful inaugural Mental Health and Falls Prevention workshop was held on the 24th August at NeuRA with over 100 participants from throughout NSW as well as Victoria and South Australia working in acute and sub-acute as well as community and residential aged care settings. Presentations included a summary of the research,falls prevention and benchmarking in SMHSOP (Specialist Mental Health Service for Older People), falls prevention initiatives in mental health settings including safety huddles, Stepping On and other strategies, risk factors such as sarcopaenia and nutrition as well as alcohol and mental health were also addressed. The sessions were web-streamed and recorded and the PDFs of the presentations are available at

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Research Update
Effectiveness of statewide falls prevention efforts with and without group exercise
Albert SM, King J. Prev. Med. 2017; ePub(ePub): ePub.
Affiliation: Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences, University of Pittsburgh, United States.
(Copyright © 2017, Elsevier Publishing)
DOI 10.1016/j.ypmed.2017.08.010 PMID 28823686
Group-based falls prevention programs vary in use of exercise, education, home modification, and other program elements. Pennsylvania's Department of Aging offers two large-scale falls prevention programs that differ in these components, allowing a strong test of the effectiveness of exercise in reducing falls incidence relative to less intensive education-based programs. In 2016-2017, we followed three groups of older adults attending senior centers: (i) older adults who completed Healthy Steps in Motion (HSIM, n=560), an 8-week exercise program, (ii) older adults completing Healthy Steps for Older Adults (HSOA, n=651), a falls education workshop with assessment and referral; and (iii) older adults not completing falls prevention programs (n=787). Participants were followed for up to 6months with monthly ascertainment of falls. We estimated Poisson regression models to compare incidence rate ratios. The groups did not differ in falls risk at baseline or attrition over follow-up. HSIM participants reported 5.3 fall months per 100 person-months of follow-up. The group not completing falls prevention programming reported 7.3 (incidence rate ratio [IRR], 0.72 [0.59, 0.89]), and the group completing HSOA 6.5 (IRR, 0.82 [0.66, 1.02]). In stratified analyses, falls incidence was lower in HSIM for older adults reporting better balance and no falls in the prior 12months. Non-exercise-based falls prevention programs may also reduce falls, perhaps through indirect physical benefits such as greater social engagement and increased activity.
Copyright © 2017. Published by Elsevier Inc.

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Resources for care settings
Summaries of resources for the following care settings were recently updated:
Residential Aged Care

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Staying active and on your feet booklets
Booklet produced by NSW Health for patients and carers, includes health and lifestyle checklist, strength & balance exercises to do at home, home safety checklist, and how to get up from a fall. The booklets can be ordered through the Active and Healthy website at:

The booklet is also available to download in a number of community languages; Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Greek, Italian and Vietnamese at
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Delirium Masterclass
Monday 23rd October
Scientia Building UNSW
The Australasian Delirium Association presents a Masterclass with Professor Sharon Inouye, Professor of Medicine, Harvard Director, Aging Brain Center Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

Professor Inouye is the pre-eminent delirium expert in the world.  She developed the Confusion Assessment Method (CAM), the first diagnostic tool for delirium and also HELP (Hospital Elder Life Program), the first multi-component intervention for delirium.  She will be one of the presenters at this delirium workshop which also includes Professor Agar, Professor of Palliative Medicine, Centre for Cardiovascular and Chronic Care, UTS, Associate Professor Teodorczuk, Old Age Psychiatrist and Griffiths University,  Associate Professor Gideon Caplan, Director Post Acute Care Services and Director of Geriatric medicine at Prince of Wales Hospital, Ms Sally-Anne Ehms, the ReViVe Coordinator at Prince of Wales hospital a program based on the HELP model, Ms Anne Cumming, Principal Advisor, Cognitive Impairment with the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care. For further information go to or click on the link below.  There is a cost to attend this masterclass ($250).


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