Starts: April 1, 2022     Theme: Better Balance for Fall Prevention

April Falls Month® is an annual campaign to raise awareness about the impact of falls and to promote the latest best practice fall prevention strategies. The overall campaign goal is to get active and improve balance for fall prevention.

The last two years have been difficult with many social and fitness groups unable to continue due to COVID. This has contributed to an increase in inactivity and deconditioning in many adults regardless of ability. The Better Balance for Fall Prevention campaign, supported by COTA NSW,  aims to help older Australian’s find appropriate exercise programs to meet their needs and interests.

For optimal physical and mental health, it is recommended that all adults (regardless of age, health, or ability) to do 30-60min of physical activity most days. To prevent falls and maintain independence this should include exercise or activities that improve strength and balance. Every bit of activity helps.

This page has been created to make it easy for you to find local exercise programs or Health professionals such as a Physiotherapist, Exercise Physiologist or Fitness trainer. We have also developed resources for Health Professionals to use to help you receive the latest evidence-based care. If you need advice on how to get started, speak to your local GP, Physiotherapist or Exercise Physiologist. Start slow and build up gradually. Every bit helps.

It’s never too late to get active!

Health Professional Campaign Resources CLICK HERE

Find an Exercise Provider in Your Local Area

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reduction in falls with regular exercise

It’s well known that poor balance and strength will affect a person’s mobility and put them at an increased risk of a fall. So by improving balance and strength, people can reduce their risk of falling and suffering a fall-related injury. Research has shown that exercise of any type has been shown to reduce the risk of falling by 23%.

Every move counts. By safely achieving your goals you can move towards better health and balance today.

Falls can be prevented

There are many resources available if you are concerned about your balance or about having a fall.

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