2017 NSW Falls Prevention Network Forum

Friday 19th May, Wesley Conference Centre


April Falls Day®/Month

The Theme for April Falls Day® 2017 is Mobility and Falls Prevention – Moving right to stay upright.

Poor balance and strength will affect a person’s mobility and put them at an increased risk of a fall. In hospital a person’s mobility may be reduced due to the effects of medications (including anaesthetics), acute events and illnesses (e.g. stroke, hip fracture, infection), cognitive impairment and/or delirium. Balance and mobility may further deteriorate during a hospital stay if a person is less active. Resources and information will be developed to support staff to be aware of a patient’s mobility needs and to assist appropriately.

There is good evidence that balance and strength exercises can reduce a person’s risk of falling. To find a local exercise program that includes balance and strength exercises (such as Stepping On or Tai Chi) visit the Active and Healthy

April Falls Day® 2017 is an opportunity to promote moving right to stay upright across your hospital, community setting or residential aged care facility.

Resources including logos and posters are available on the CEC website at:

2016 NSW Falls Prevention Network Forum 

Friday 20th May 2016, Wesley Conference Centre, Sydney


Final Program

Presentation PDFs

Northern NSW LHD Rural Falls Forum

Thursday 8th October 2015, 9.30 am – 3.00 pm

Southern Cross University, Lismore (Block H Room 101)

Videoconference at SCU Coffs Harbour (Rm A109) and

SCU Gold Coast (Rm B329)

Final program

Presentation PDFs

Recorded Presentations

NSW Falls Prevention Network Forum

Friday 22nd May 2015
The Wesley Conference Centre, 220 Pitt St Sydney

Forum Final Program

Plenary Sessions Recording

Presentation PDFs

Plenary Sessions DVD available now

April Falls Day®/Month 2015 – Theme: Confusion and Falls

Don’t let Confusion Cloud the risk of falls

A suite of resources have been developed by the CEC Falls Prevention Program April Falls Working Group including:

  • presentations for staff working in hospital, community and residential aged care settings,
  • posters
  • information flyers (on confusion and falls for patients, families and carers for hospital and community settings)
  • logos (April Falls Day® and Falls prevention is everyone’s business®).

These can be accessed at:

A special April Falls Links newsletter will be produced and we welcome reports with photos (please ensure you have permission from those being photographed) on April Falls activties in your health service. Please send these to by May 4th.

If you have any enquires about April Falls Day® 2015 please contact Ingrid Hutchinson on 02 92696 5516 or email

2014 NSW Falls Prevention Network Forum – Sydney 

Forum Program

Presentation PDFs now available

Plenary Session presentations now available on CD/DVD to NSW Health and affiliated organisations staff. Send an email to with your name, position, facility or organisation, postal address, CD or DVD format and how you will use the resource (e.g share with colleagues, staff education, personal use).

NSW Falls Prevention Network Rural Forum

Friday 28th February 2014, 10 am – 3 pm

Coffs Harbour Health Campus Education Room ED016


Professor Stephen Lord, Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) Falls prevention research update

A/Professor Jacqueline Close, Prince of Wales Hospital and NeuRA
Preventing falls in dementia – is there any evidence?
Ms Lorraine Lovitt, Leader, NSW Falls Prevention Program, Clinical Excellence Commission
Update of NSW Falls Prevention Program
Dr Esther Vance, NSW Falls Prevention Network & Active and Healthy website, NeuRA
Falls prevention resources
Ms Anthea Temple, Aged Health Network, Agency for Clinical Innovation
Care of the Confused Hospitalised Older Person Study (CHOPS)