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Register now for our April Falls Webinar with A/Prof Kim Delbaere

The NSW Falls Prevention Network is excited to be hosting a webinar with A/Prof Kim Delbaere on preventing falls through self-management.

This presentation will explore the use of novel methods for delivery of quality healthcare to increase effectiveness and reach of health services. It will describe a range of eHealth interventions aimed at improving balance, cognitive function, well-being and health literacy.

Kim Delbaere is a Principal Research Scientist and Director of Innovation & Translation of the Falls, Balance and Injury Research Centre at Neuroscience Research Australia, and Associate Professor at University of New South Wales, Sydney. Kim Delbaere is a Principal Research Scientist at Neuroscience Research Australia, and Associate Professor at University of New South Wales, Sydney. She is supported by the National Health and Medical Research Council since 2012. Her research has contributed to the understanding of physical, psychological and cognitive factors causing falls. Her multidisciplinary approach incorporates elements from physiotherapy, psychology, brain imaging and software engineering towards preventing falls and promoting healthy ageing.

You can register for the webinar here

April Falls Day Resources

Stay Safe. Communicate.
The key to safety is communication. Communicate every shift, every risk, every change, every time.
This year the focus for April Falls is: Stay Safe. Communicate.
Promoting Communication between staff and between staff and patient, family and/or carers.
Staff have the opportunity to communicate individual patient fall safety risks between multi-disciplinary teams at safety huddles, clinical bedside handover, post fall huddles and intentional rounding.
Fall safety risks include: cognition, delirium, mobility status, personal care/toileting, poor vision and environmental factors.
Communicating with patients is also important, they also need to understand their safety risks in hospital. Staff are encouraged to discuss these with patients, families and/or carers and how they will be managed in hospital.

Resources for April Falls Day are available on the CEC website here

Weekly research highlight 23/3

This weeks research highlight focusses on preventing falls in the hospital and emergency departments.

Sitters as a Patient Safety Strategy to Reduce Hospital Falls

In-hospital falls are an increasing problem and different strategies to highlight people at risk of falling and preventing those falls have been developed. One strategy is to use sitters (Nurses or other personnel) to monitor patient behaviour via observation to prevent falls. Other less time intensive strategies such as video monitoring and placing higher risk patients together, closer to the nurse station have also been adopted. Greeley et al. examined the effectiveness of both these strategies through  a systematic review. They found scant evidence that sitters as part of usual care helps reduce falls and that there are effective alternatives such as video monitoring. The authors noted the low quantity and quality of evidence in this area of study.

Sitters as a Patient Safety Strategy to Reduce Hospital Falls: A Systematic Review
Greeley AM, Tanner EP, Mak S, Begashaw MM, Miake-Lye IM, Shekelle PG
Annals of Internal Medicine. 2020 [epub].
https://doi.org/10.7326/m19-2628

Tailoring a Comprehensive Bundled Intervention for ED Fall Prevention

Falls in the emergency department often result in further hospitalisation and poor patient outcomes. Strategies need to be quick and simple to be successfully implemented. Pop et al. aimed to develop a tailored bundled intervention to prevent falls by Focussing on the areas of risk assessment, safe ambulation, safe toileting, staff communication, patient education and early waning. Using this approach they were able to successfully improve the screening of patients arriving at the emergency department and apply appropriate falls risk precatutions.

Tailoring a comprehensive bundled intervention for ED fall prevention
Pop H, Lamb K, Livesay S, Altman P, Sanchez A, Nora ME. J. Emerg. Nurs. 2020; 46(2): 225-232.e3.
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jen.2019.11.010

NSW Falls Prevention Network Rural Forum at Broken Hill has been Cancelled

Unfortunately, due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19 the NSW Falls Prevention Network Rural Forum to be held at Broken Hill on the 25th of March has been cancelled.

As an alternative the NSW Falls Prevention Network Falls Forum has been rescheduled as a free online webinar for the 15th of May, 2020.

Please see the webinar program  and register for this event by clicking here and follow the prompts.

In the mean time you can view some relevent presentations that have previously been given that focus on the theme of the rural forum.

Fall prevention in older people: an update of the evidence –Professor Stephen Lord, Senior Principal Research Fellow and Director, Falls Balance and Injury Research Centre, NeuRA, Sydney

Lord video (previous recording)

Exercise for falls prevention in residential aged care: evidence of clinical and cost effectiveness outcomes from the SUNBEAM trial – Dr Jennie Hewitt, Clinical Education Coordinator, Centre for Rural Health, Murwillumbah

Hewitt video (previous recording)

NSW Falls Prevention Forum 15th May – Has been Cancelled

NSW Falls Prevention Forum 15th May – Has been Cancelled

Unfortunately, due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19 the face-to-face NSW Falls Prevention Forum to be held at the Wesley Conference Centre on Friday May 15 has been cancelled. Instead, the forum plenary talks will be presented in a free webinar on the morning of the same day.

Please see the webinar program  and register for this event by clicking here and follow the prompts.

Forum registration fees will be refunded and participants will receive an email from the NSW Falls Prevention Network in the coming week to facilitate this process.
There will no longer be any rural travel grants as their purpose was to facilitate attendance at the Forum.

We hope to conduct the planned Forum concurrent workshops and possibly best practice initiative presentations as future webinars with information regarding these to be provided soon.


Webinar Program – 15 May, 2020

9.15 am Welcome

Session 1
9.20 – 10.00 am
Pam Albany Guest Lecturer: Professor Kaarin Anstey, Senior Principal Research Fellow, NeuRA
How can we delay dementia and promote brain health in older adults?

10.00 – 10.30 am
Professor Jacqueline Close, Consultant Geriatrician POWH; Clinical Director, Falls, Balance and Injury Research Centre, NeuRA
Dementia and preventing falls

Break – 10.30 – 11 am

Session 2
11.00 – 11.30 am
A/Professor Anne Tiedemann, Principal Research Fellow, Institute for Musculoskeletal Health, Sydney School of Public Health
Physical activity for healthy ageing: development and evaluation of scalable interventions

11.30 – 12.00 pm
Dr Kim van Schooten, Postdoctoral Fellow, Falls Balance and Injury Research Centre, NeuRA
Technologies for fall prevention

12.00 – 12.30 pm
Scientia Professor Stephen Lord, Senior Principal Research Fellow; Centre Director, Falls Balance and Injury Research Centre, NeuRA
Falls prevention research update

12.30 pm Close


These sessions will be recorded and posted on the website