2017 NSW Falls Prevention Network Forum


Thursday 24th August, The John and Betty Lynch Seminar Room, Neuroscience Research Australia (Venue Map)

(Please Note there is no parking at NeuRA you will need to use the Hospital Pay Parking operated by Metro or come by public transport)

Information and registration flyer


Friday 19th May, Wesley Conference Centre



Pam Albany Guest Lecture:
A/Prof Kim Delbaere, Principal Research Scientist, Falls, Balance and Injury Research Centre, NeuRA
Can fear of falling make you unstable on your feet?

Prof Stephen Lord, Scientia Professor UNSW and Director, Falls, Balance and Injury Research Centre, NeuRA
Falls prevention research update

A/Prof Gideon Caplan, Director, Post-acute care Services and Director Geriatric Medicine, Prince of Wales Hospital
Delirium and falls

Ms Niccola Follett, Falls Prevention Coordinator, Southern NSW LHD, Mrs Dean’s daughter, Ms Christine Ewin and Ms Rebekah O’Reilly, NUM, Batemans Bay Hospital
Mrs Deans Story

Ms Lorraine Lovitt, Lead, NSW Falls Prevention Program, Clinical Excellence Commission (CEC)
NSW Falls Prevention Program Update

Ms Ingrid Hutchinson, project Officer, NSW Falls Prevention Program, CEC
April Falls Day/Month – Moving right to stay upright

April Falls Competition Winners:

Mr Scott McNeill, Quality, Coordinator, Excellence Champion
Manilla MPS

Ms Elizabeth Endean, Aged Care CNC
St Vincent’s Hospital

Concurrent Sessions

Acute/Subacute care

Ms Clare Morcom NUM, and Ms Amanda Newman, EEN, Rehabilitation, Orange Health Service
Safety Huddles

Ms Kelley Lennon, DON, Belmont Hospital HNELHD
Falls Prevention and Excellence

Ms Alison Cowling, CNS & CNE, and Ms Sally Milson-Hawke, Director Nursing and Midwifery, HNELHD
An outcomes driven falls prevention program: Two years of progress

Ms Jamie Hallen, Falls Prevention Coordinator, South Eastern Sydney LHD
Talking about walking: Standardising mobility terminology in SESLHD

Ms Alexandra Sepulveda NUM and Ms Jennifer Hughes, CNE, Western Sydney LHD
We will catch you! A mental health falls prevention program

Community Programs

Ms Amanda Bates, BEST at Home Program Manager, Health promotion, illawarra Shoalhaven LHD
BEST at Home

Ms Jeannine Liddle, Ageing, Work and Health Research Unit, The University of Sydney
Engaging men in falls prevention: feedback from the Men’s Sheds (Presentation unavailable) Liddle et al – Men’s perspectives on fall risk and fall prevention following participation in a group-based programme conducted at Men’s Sheds, Australia. Health and Social Care in the Community (2016) doi:10.1111/hsc.12412

Ms Juliana Souza de Oliveira, Sydney School of Public Health, The University of Sydney
The setting of balance related goals among community dwelling older people

Dr Anna Palagyi, Research Fellow, The George institute for Global Health
Falls before and after cataract surgery: a prospective cohort study

Ms Elizabeth Buffon, Ms Susan Cooper, Ms Kylie Kerslake and Ms Carrie Barlow, Primary Health Nurses, Dareton Primary Health Centre, Far West LHD
Falls prevention in rural and remote communities

Communication Initiatives

Dr Amy Tan, iSOLVE Program Coordinator, Faculty of Health Sciences, The University of Sydney
Engaging a whole primary care “village: to prevent falls: general practice, allied health and patients

Ms Carolyn Loton and Ms Claire Dyson, Juntos Marketing, Sydney
Communicating healthy ageing messages to older people- what do older people value?

Ms Sally Castell, Movement Matters, Older Adult health, Fitness and Exercise Consultancy
Reaching, preaching and teaching

Ms Catherine Kirkham, Research Physiotherapist, Sydney School of Public Health, The University of Sydney
Use and perception of activity monitors and health coaching in community dwelling seniors

Ms Mary-Anne DeNavi, Healthy Ageing program, Prince of Wales Community Health, SESLHD
Adapting falls prevention education for the local Aboriginal Community

Overview of new research projects

Dr Yoshi Okubo, JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow for research Abroad, Falls, Balance and Injury Research Centre, NeuRA
Proactive and reactive adaption to unpredictable trips and slips: can we train older adults not to fall? (Unavailable)

Dr Daina Sturnieks, Research Fellow, Falls, Balance and Injury Research Centre, NeuRA
Understanding the effects of fatigue on balance, gait and falls risk in older people

A/Prof Anne Tiedemann, NHMRC Careers Development Fellow, Sydney Medical School, The University of Sydney
Does a fall prevention educational program improve knowledge and change exercise prescribing behaviour in health and exercise professionals? An RCT

2016 NSW Falls Prevention Network Forum 

Friday 20th May 2016, Wesley Conference Centre, Sydney

A/Prof Anne Tiedemann, NHMRC Career Development Fellow, Sydney Medical School, The University of Sydney
TDoes a fall prevention educational program improve knowledge and change exercise prescribing behaviour in health and exercise professionals? An RCT


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)