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A comprehensive workshop providing you with the practical skills to develop evidence-based fall prevention strategies for your older client.

Who is this course for?

For fitness leaders working with older adults. This workshop will help you tailor exercise programs for falls prevention.


About this course

CECs: 6

This continuing education program will equip Fitness Professionals with important information to guide the provision of appropriate falls prevention physical activity and exercise programs for older people. Topics to be covered include the social and economic issues of falls, risk factors for falls, physiological consequences of ageing, biomechanical and physiological principles of balance, and effective falls prevention strategies.

In undertaking the program, participants will be trained to develop safe and efficacious community exercise programs for older adults that are designed in a manner to maximise uptake and adherence of those populations who stand to most benefit from exercise. Through structured learning tasks across a number of different learning formats, participants will acquire the knowledge and ability to identify, develop, demonstrate and implement evidence-based exercise interventions designed to enhance physical and functional capacity and prevent falls and fall related injury.

This workshop includes:

  • An overview of the issue of falls in older people
  • Understanding balance and ageing
  • Evidence-based fall prevention interventions
  • Developing fall prevention programs

Ticket cost

$160 including tax, lunch and refreshments. Places are limited.

For further information contact Cameron Hicks: c.hicks@neura.edu.au


Dr Daina SturnieksDr Daina Sturnieks (Neuroscience Research Australia, UNSW Medicine)

Dr Sturnieks has worked in Falls and Balance related research at NeuRA for 18 years and holds an academic appointment in the Faculty of Medicine at UNSW. Her research focuses on understanding biomechanical, sensorimotor and neurocognitive contributions to balance and falls in older people and clinical groups, and randomised controlled trials of novel interventions to prevent falls involving balance, stepping and cognitive training. Daina is active in translating research findings into community, aged care and hospital settings and is Executive Board Member of the Australian and New Zealand Falls Prevention Society.

Sally Castell (Movement Matters)

Sally Castell who is the owner and manager of Movement Matters has a physiotherapy, recreational therapy, health promotion and community education background and is a registered fitness leader. She has over 40 years of experience in the health / fitness industry having worked in hospitals, rehabilitation centres, sports clinics, community facilities and retirement centres. Sally is now focusing her expertise and energy to provide support to the older adult with a variety of appropriate exercise programs and resources to suit individual needs and abilities.

Natassia SmithMs Natassia Smith (Neuroscience Research Australia)

Natassia Smith is an Exercise Physiologist, currently working as a Project Officer at the NSW Falls Prevention & Healthy Ageing Network and a Research Assistant at Neuroscience Research Australia, working with Dr Daina Sturnieks at the Falls, Balance and Injury Research Centre.


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