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 websitewww.activeandhealthy.nsw.gov.au
April Falls Day® 2017 is an opportunity to promote moving right to stay upright across your hospital, community setting or residential aged care facility.
Don’t forget to order your T-shirts, pens, lens cleaner, post it notes and balloons by by Monday 6th February 2017– link to order form and how to orderhttp://fallsnetwork.neura.edu.au/
Resources will be available on the CEC website over the next couple of weeks. We will send out an email to inform you when these are available.
2016 NSW Falls Prevention Network Forum
Friday 20th May 2016, Wesley Conference Centre, Sydney
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)
NSW Falls Prevention Network Forum
Friday 22nd May 2015
The Wesley Conference Centre, 220 Pitt St Sydney
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,
- 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 email@example.com by May 4th.
2014 NSW Falls Prevention Network Forum – Sydney
Plenary Session presentations now available on CD/DVD to NSW Health and affiliated organisations staff. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org 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