For health professionals working in residential aged care, React to Falls is a fantastic resource that provides a systematic approach to ensure your care team is considering all physical, behavioural and environmental risk factors within your care facility.
For health professionals working in hospitals, our hospital care page features resources on how you can include fall prevention strategies in your patient care.
If you’re looking to upskill in fall prevention, visit our e-learning portal to access professional development programs.
Who should an older person see about having their risk of falling assessed?creativeitch2020-12-08T20:57:07+10:00
If you are concerned about your own or a loved one’s risk of falling, we encourage you to see your GP, who can screen for your risk of falling and refer you to local allied health professionals, such as occupational therapists, physiotherapists or exercise physiologists.
What are the major risk factors for falls among older adults?creativeitch2020-12-08T20:58:35+10:00
Falls among older adults are likely to be associated with multiple risk factors, including intrinsic and extrinsic factors. Intrinsic factors include characteristics of the individual, such as age, functional abilities, sensory impairments, disorders and chronic diseases. Extrinsic factors include environmental hazards and obstacles interfering with safe mobility, and the side effects of some medications.
What are the best strategies for fall prevention?creativeitch2020-12-08T20:59:10+10:00
Research suggests that the most effective interventions to prevent falls for persons at moderate to high risk of falls are multifactorial, including fall risk assessment and management, physical activity, environmental modifications, education, visual screening and footwear interventions.