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Delirium Masterclass 23 October 2017 (Scientia Building UNSW,see information below)
NSW Falls Prevention Network Rural Forum
Friday 10th November, Slim Dusty Centre, 490 Macleay Valley Way, Kempsey

Draft program

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NSW Falls Prevention Network Forum 2018
Wesley Conference Centre
When: Friday 11th May 2018
More information coming soon


Tri-Nations Falls Forum

A very successful Tri-Nations Falls Forum was held on Monday 18th September, attended by 170 participants from throughout NSW.  Presentations provided an overview of leading better value care: falls in hospital program as well as lessons learnt from patient safety struggles and successes, falls prevention in health and social care in the UK, reduction of fractured hips in New Zealand hospitals, falls to frailty assessment, whole of systems approach to falls and fracture management in New Zealand. Afternoon presentations provided information on community falls prevention evidence based interventions, fear of falling and falls prevention as well as establishing pathways and processes to implement and sustain evidence-based fall prevention in primary care.
Guest presenters included:
From the UK:
Dr Frances Healey, Deputy Director, Patient Safety, National Health Service (NHS)

Ms Julie Windsor, Patient Safety Clinical lead, Medical Specialties/Older people, NHS
From New Zealand:
Ms Sandy Blake, Clinical Lead, Reducing Harm from Falls Programme, Health Quality and Safety Commission

Mr Jon Buchan, Portfolio Manager, Maternal Child and Youth Health, Whanganui District Health Board
Ms Carmela Petagna, Senior Portfolio Manager, Quality Improvement programmes, Health Quality and Safety Commission
From Australia:
Professor Stephen Lord
, Senior Principal Research Fellow, Falls, Balance and Injury Research Centre (FBIRC), NeuRA

Professor Cathie Sherrington, Ageing and Physical Disability Program, Musculoskeletal Health, School of Public Health, The University of Sydney
Professor Lindy Clemson, NHMRC Career Development Research Fellow, Team Leader of Ageing, Participation & Safety Research Team, The University of Sydney
Associate Professor Kim Delbaere, Principal Research Scientist, FBIRC, NeuRA
Dr Harvey Lander, Director Systems Improvement Directorate, Clinical Excellence Commission (CEC)
Dr Deborah Brown, Director, Collaboratives, CEC
Ms Lorraine Lovitt, Lead, NSW Falls Prevention Program, CEC

The sessions were web-streamed and filmed and the PDFs and videos of the presentations are available at

Falls Network website
Research Update
Can peer education improve beliefs, knowledge, motivation and intention to engage in falls prevention amongst community-dwelling older adults?
Khong LAM, Berlach RG, Hill KD, Hill AM.
Eur. J. Ageing 2017; 14(3): 243-255.
Affiliation: School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science, Curtin University, GPO Box U1987, Perth, WA 6845 Australia.
(Copyright © 2017, Holtzbrinck Springer Nature Publishing Group)
DOI 10.1007/s10433-016-0408-x PMID 28936135 PMCID PMC5587454
The aim of the study was to evaluate the effectiveness of delivering a contemporary peer-led falls prevention education presentation on community-dwelling older adults' beliefs, knowledge, motivation and intention to engage in falls prevention strategies. A two-group quasi-experimental pre-test-post-test study using a convenience sample was conducted. A new falls prevention training package for peer educators was developed, drawing on contemporary adult learning and behaviour change principles. A 1-h presentation was delivered to community-dwelling older adults by peer educators trained with the new package (intervention group). Control group participants received an existing, 1-h falls prevention presentation by trained peer educators who had not received the adult learning and behaviour change training. Participants in both groups completed a purpose-developed questionnaire at pre-presentation, immediately post-presentation and at one-month follow-up. Participants' levels of beliefs, knowledge, motivation and intention were compared across these three points of time. Generalised estimating equations models examined associations in the quantitative data, while deductive content analysis was used for qualitative data. Participants (control n = 99; intervention n = 133) in both groups showed significantly increased levels of beliefs and knowledge about falls prevention, and intention to engage in falls prevention strategies over time compared to baseline. The intervention group was significantly more likely to report a clear action plan to undertake falls prevention strategies compared to the control group. Peer-led falls prevention education is an effective approach for raising older adults' beliefs, knowledge and intention to engage in falls prevention strategies.
Abstracts from the research literature
Updated resources

Falls from ladders
Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI) Institute of Trauma and Injury Management report

Ladder Injuries in NSW Report (those over 55 have the most ladder injuries)

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC)
Ladder safety matters national campaign (includes short videos of people who have fallen off ladders and those who have treated them and are looking after them, also brochure and poster

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
Just scroll down to download the booklets.

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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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Website News
New sections have been added to the NSW Falls Prevention Network website these include: If there are resources that should be added to the website let us know by sending an email to

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