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Collecting, analysing and reporting falls related data

Webinar – Collecting, analysing and reporting falls related data

Presented by the ANZFPS Early Career Researcher Sub-Committee

Program

Dr Morello introduces how fall outcomes are commonly measured and collected in clinical practice and research. Dr Soh provides practical guidance on how to report and analyse falls data.

Dr Renata Morello is the Director of Research at National Disability Insurance Agency. She is an experienced Health Services Researcher and Physiotherapist with a demonstrated history of working in healthcare organisations and the higher education industry. Her research focusing on falls prevention has included managing the largest falls prevention RCT ever to be published (6-PACK) and the NHMRC-funded multi-centre RCT (RESPOND). She is a strong research and clinical professional with a PhD focused in Health Services Research from Monash University.

Dr Sze-Ee Soh is a senior lecturer and postdoctoral research fellow in the School of Primary and Allied Health Care at Monash University. Sze-Ee is an experienced physiotherapist with an extensive clinical background in delivering physiotherapy services for older adults. She is currently Course Coordinator for the Doctor of Physiotherapy program at Monash University. Her research has spanned the areas of chronic disease, health services, patient-reported outcomes, falls prevention and the psychometric properties of measurement tools. She has a unique set of research skills, with particular expertise in quantitative data analysis and is currently completing a Master in Biostatistics.

Travel Fellowship 2021 – Applications now open

The ANZFPS has successfully run biennial conferences since 2004.  Over this time, a small surplus has accrued from each conference such that the ANZFPS is able to re-invest some of these funds into promoting opportunities to grow fall prevention research and practice in Australia and New Zealand.  The ANZFPS has allocated $5,000 in 2021 to support a travel fellowship for one of its members.  We welcome applications for the travel fellowship for the purpose of supporting fall prevention research and practice capacity in Australia and/or New Zealand and build career opportunities in fall prevention of the successful applicant(s). The outcome of the travel fellowship will be presented back to the ANZFPS at the subsequent biennial conference and through the Society’s online newsletter.

Application Guidelines

Applications are now open to members of the ANZFPS who are at the time of application enrolled in research higher degrees (Research Masters or PhD) or less than four years following completion of a research higher degree. Career interruptions will be considered pending the scope of this interruption. Applicants are encouraged to identify a host institution (which may be located in Australia or New Zealand), organise their own research activities to be conducted at the host institution, and make their own travel and accommodation plans.

Applications must be submitted on the template provided (2-page maximum) and also include: a CV (2 pages maximum); host letter of support; and contact details for a referee who is happy to be contacted about your application.

The maximum budget for any one application is $5,000.  Research, economy travel and accommodation costs can be included. Research infrastructure costs (e.g. purchase of computers) cannot be included. Costs for the provision of childcare services from registered childcare providers can be included.

Application Assessment Criteria

  • Potential impact on building fall prevention research and practice capacity in Australia and/or New Zealand – 10 points;
  • Potential impact on the career development of successful applicant – 10 points;
  • Value for money – 10 points.

Condition of the Award

Successful applicants will be required to submit a report at the completion of the fellowship (including an abbreviated version to appear in the Society’s online newsletter) and present their work at the following ANZFPS conference.

Submission:

Applications should be submitted to Anna Hatton, Secretary, Australian & New Zealand Falls Prevention Society: a.hatton1@uq.edu.au

Closing Date & Notification
Applications close 5:00 PM Australian Eastern Standard Time Friday 20th August. Successful applicants will be notified 6-8 weeks after the closing date.

9th Biennial Conference Registrations Open

 9th Biennial ANZFPS Conference Update

 

Registrations are now open for our Virtual Conference on 1st – 3rd December 2021. 

Our virtual conference registration prices are:

  • Full (early-bird): NZD $130
  • Student/Concession (early-bird): NZD $80
  • Full (standard): NZD $180
  • Student/Concession (standard): NZD $130
Early-bird registration prices are available until 10th September 2021.

You can get a taste of what our virtual conferencing platform will look like here. The state-of-the-art virtual conferencing platform will include networking, poster sessions, discussion forums, and live Q&As. 

Call for Abstracts
Abstract submissions are open and the deadline has been extended to 5 July 2021, 9.30 AM NZT. Oral, 5×5 and E-Poster presentations will be featured in the following sector-specific themes:

  • Aged Residential Care
  • Community living
  • Acute and rehabilitation – hospital
Abstracts are eligible for awards in the following categories:
  • Best Scientific Oral
  • Best Program Implementation / Service Delivery / Policy Oral
  • Best Student Oral
  • Best Poster
  • Best Oral Relevant to Māori
  • Best Oral Relevant to Aboriginal Australians
Find out all the details and submit your abstract here.

Auckland Workshops
A day of face-to-face workshops will be held at the University of Auckland on the 29th November 2021 and registrations are now open. There are 3 workshops in the morning and 3 workshops in the afternoon to choose from – join us in the morning or afternoon, or stay all day! All workshops are three hours of teaching, plus a break for morning or afternoon tea. You can find out all the information on the workshops here.

Morning Workshops 9:00 – 12:30
1. Steady As You Go: A Peer-Led Model
2. A National Systems Approach to Falls and Fracture Prevention in New Zealand
3. Falls Prevention in ARC: Best Practice and New Things

Afternoon Workshops 1:30 – 5.00
4. Falls Prevention Exercise for Community Settings. Getting Them Going and Doing the Right Thing
5. Managing People with Osteoarthritis. Getting the Basics Right
6. Building Blocks for Designing Exercise Programmes for Older People That Make a Difference

Sydney Workshop
Save the date for a pre-conference workshop to be held in Sydney. The workshop will be a hybrid model with a half-day of online lectures (done in your own time) and a half-day face-to-face workshop. More details will be made available soon.

Exercise to Prevent Falls in Older People
Saturday 27th November 1 – 4PM
Neuroscience Research Australia, Randwick NSW

Collecting, analysing and reporting falls-related data – Free Webinar

Collecting, analysing and reporting falls-related data – Free Webinar

Presented by the ANZFPS Early Career Researcher Sub-Committee

Presenters: Dr Renata Morello & Dr Sze-Ee Soh

Dr Morello will introduce how fall outcomes are commonly measured and collected in clinical practice and research. Dr Soh will provide practical guidance on how to report and analyse falls data.

 Tuesday 20th July, 2021

Time: 12:30 – 13:30 AEST

Where: Zoom webinar

   Click here to register in advance for this webinar

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Dr Renata Morello is the Director of Research at National Disability Insurance Agency. She is an experienced Health Services Researcher and Physiotherapist with a demonstrated history of working in healthcare organisations and the higher education industry. Her research focusing on falls prevention has included managing the largest falls prevention RCT ever to be published (6-PACK) and the NHMRC-funded multi-centre RCT (RESPOND). She is a strong research and clinical professional with a PhD focused in Health Services Research from Monash University.

Dr Sze-Ee Soh is a senior lecturer and postdoctoral research fellow in the School of Primary and Allied Health Care at Monash University. Sze-Ee is an experienced physiotherapist with an extensive clinical background in delivering physiotherapy services for older adults. She is currently Course Coordinator for the Doctor of Physiotherapy program at Monash University. Her research has spanned the areas of chronic disease, health services, patient-reported outcomes, falls prevention and the psychometric properties of measurement tools. She has a unique set of research skills, with particular expertise in quantitative data analysis and is currently completing a Master in Biostatistics.

9th Biennial ANZFPS Conference Update

We are pleased to announce some important dates for our 2021 conference.

3 May 2021: Registrations open. Abstract submissions open.

5th July 2021: Abstract submissions close (extended from 18 June).

30th July 2021: Authors notified.

10th September 2021: Early-bird registrations close.

29th November 2021: Face-to-face Auckland workshops. Auckland conference dinner.

1st – 3rd December 2021: Virtual Conference

Our virtual conference registration prices are:

  • Full (early-bird): NZD $130
  • Student/Concession (early-bird): NZD $80
  • Full (standard): NZD $180
  • Student/Concession (standard): NZD $130
You can get a taste of what our virtual conferencing platform will look like here. The state-of-the-art virtual conferencing platform will include networking, poster sessions, discussion forums and live Q&As.We will be hosting some face-to-face workshops in Auckland and across Australia prior to the conference. As planning continues, we will communicate all updates via our conference website and you can register to receive updates.

CRE – Prevention of Falls Injuries

The NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence – Prevention of Falls Injuries is holding a special online event to launch the CRE.

Join the CRE for multidisciplinary evidence-based perspectives on what more needs to be done to prevent falls. Speakers include Prof Stephen Lord (Chair), Hon Pru Goward, Prof Cathie Sherrington, Prof Jacqui CLose, Prof Vasi Naganathan, Prof Maria Crotty, Prof Julie Byles and Mr Matt Jennings.

Date: Friday 26th March 2021

Time: 9 – 10am AEDT

Click here to register

CRE Launch Webinar Friday 26th March 2021 9-10am AEDT

Behaviour change: an overview and practical implementation for falls prevention

Webinar – Behaviour change: an overview and practical implementation for falls prevention

Presented by the ANZFPS Early Career Researcher Sub-Committee

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Program

Dr Hassett gives an overview on behaviour change. A/Prof Tiedemann provides insights into the practical implementation of behaviour change into fall prevention efforts.

 

Presenters

Dr Leanne Hassett

Leanne Hassett (PhD; MHlthSc(NeuroPHTY); BAppSc(PHTY)) is a Senior Lecturer in the Discipline of Physiotherapy at The University of Sydney, leading the Neurology teaching team. She is also a Senior Research Fellow and NHMRC Translating Research Into Practice (TRIP) Fellow in the Institute for Musculoskeletal Health at The University of Sydney, leading the research theme of physical activity for people with physical disabilities. Her TRIP fellowship is focused on the implementation of physical activity counselling within routine physiotherapy care and has included attending training in behaviour change methods through University College London.

Associate Professor Anne Tiedemann

A/Prof Anne Tiedemann (PhD, BSc, Grad Dip Sci) is Principal Research Fellow and theme leader for Healthy Ageing within the Physical Activity, Ageing and Disability research stream, Institute for Musculoskeletal Health, School of Public Health, University of Sydney. A/Prof Tiedemann’s research aims to bridge the gap between the compelling evidence of the importance of physical activity for promoting health and preventing falls and the very low rates of participation across the population, particularly in older age. Over the past 10 years, Anne has led research, involving seven large scale RCTs and nine systematic reviews exploring the design and evaluation of low cost, sustainable strategies for preventing falls and increasing physical activity for people aged 50 years and over. Anne’s 122 peer-reviewed publications have been cited 9058 times and she was a member of the guidelines development group for the recently released WHO Global Guidelines on Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour.