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Patient-Oriented Health Economics Virtual Mixer

The University of British Columbia’s Social & Economic Change (SE-Change) laboratory is hosting a virtual Patient-Oriented Health Economics Virtual Mixer with three, 10-minute keynote talks from internationally renowned experts in the field Prof Julie Ratcliffe, Prof Stirling Bryan and Prof Joanna Coast.

A panel discussion relevant to researchers, clinicians, health policy decision-makers and knowledge users will follow.

October 22nd 7.30-8.15AM AEDT

Click here to find out more and register for the event.

Balance Intensity Scale

A research team from the Department of Physiotherapy at Monash University has developed a world-first interval rating of balance exercise intensity, the Balance Intensity Scale (BIS). The BIS is a clinical measurement of balance exercise intensity used to rate exercises performed by adults. The BIS has a component that is rated by clinicians and a component that is rated by the exerciser. It is designed to be used as part of routine clinical care when prescribing balance exercises and can be used for initial assessment, reassessment and on discharge from therapy. The website includes a training video on how to use the scale and an infographic for the exerciser.

For more information go to

AZNZFPS featured in first issue of Aged Care Australia

The Australian and New Zealand Falls Prevention Society was featured in the first edition of Aged Care Australia magazine. The article talks about the cost of falls in older adults.

Aged Care Australia is a bi-annual magazine and this issue is dedicated to raising awareness of current issues and interests.

You can read the magazine online and check out our article on page 46.

ANZFPS Conference 2020 has been postponed

With the ever-evolving Covid-19 situation, ANZFPS has made the difficult decision to postpone our 2020 conference.

While we hope things are back to normal by November 2020, we wanted to offer certainty to our delegates and supporters.

We are pleased to announce that we will continue to host in Auckland in the same venue – the University of Auckland’s Owen G Glenn building.

Save the date for:

28th – 30th November 2021

We will be keeping the submission portal open and any abstract that has already been submitted will be considered for the 2021 conference.

If you would like to withdraw your submission, please email

If you have registered for the conference, your registration will be refunded in full. This will be processed in the next 1 – 2 days and you should see it in the same account you paid from within 2 weeks.

We hope you’ll be able to join us in 2021 instead!

Health Economics Webinar Now Available Online

Introduction to Health Economics for Fall Prevention Researchers

Presented by the ANZFPS Early Career Researcher Sub-Committee

Presenters: Dr Alison Pearce & Daniel Treacy

Dr Pearce introduces how Health Economists think, and why that might be interesting and/or useful to fall prevention researchers. Alison gives practical guidance for how to find and work with a Health Economist. Daniel discusses the practical application of health economics using an example from hospital rehabilitation.

 To watch the webinar recorded on Thursday 26th of March 2020 click here.

After watching the webinar, please complete our evaluation survey by clicking here.

Dr Pearce has generously made her slides available. If you use or adapt the information contained, please acknowledge Dr Pearce and the event.

Dr Alison Pearce is a health economist interested in the various costs of cancer, and how people make choices about their health and healthcare. Alison’s research aims to use health services research and health economics to improve cancer care by providing relevant, reliable information for decision making. Currently based at the University of Sydney School of Public Health, Alison teaches introductory health economics and conducts research in the areas of oncology patient preferences and productivity loss. Alison’s research extends the work previously completed at the Centre for Health Economics Research and Evaluation (CHERE) at UTS, and as a postdoc at the National Cancer Registry in Ireland. Alison’s PhD investigated the costs of chemotherapy side effects at CHERE in 2013, after working in cancer clinical trials and health services research.

Alison’s original training was in occupational therapy, and she remains interested in rehabilitation research. Alison also has keen interests in early career researcher development, communicating research to the public, and the use of social media in academia. When not being an academic Alison enjoys putting economic theories into practice in her small business – Bean Bar You.

Daniel Treacy is the Physiotherapy Advisor for South Eastern Sydney Local Health District and a PhD student through the Institute for Musculoskeletal Health at the University of Sydney. Daniel has previously worked as a rehabilitation Physiotherapist and has a strong interest in improving the function of elderly people both within the hospital and community setting. Daniel’s PhD topic is “Increasing and measuring physical rehabilitation”

Presentations now available – Exercise for falls prevention: How can we have a greater impact on policy and practice?

On Thursday 28th November 2019, the Australia and New Zealand Fall Prevention Society in conjunction with the Institute for Musculoskeletal Health held the seminar – “Exercise for falls prevention: How can we have a greater impact on policy and practice?”

The seminar 85 attendees heard presentations overviewing the current evidence supporting exercise for fall prevention and learnt about systems approaches that acknowledge the complexity of influences on behaviour and outcomes and help us target aspects to change. We were then inspired by examples of policies and programs that have implemented evidence-based interventions in fall prevention and related fields. Three of the presenters even presented remotely without a hitch. All presenters have generously made their presentations available (click links below).

What is the current situation:
Understanding how things could change:
Related stories of policy influence:

Statistics webinar now online!

You can now view the recording from the webinar “Estimating the effect of treatment on people who comply with allocated treatment in randomised controlled trial using CACE (Complier Average Causal Effect)” here. The webinar was presented on the 25th of September 2019 by the ANZFPS Early Career Researcher Sub-Committee.

Prof Rob Herbert provides a brief background on what it means to be a complier, the complier average causal effect (CACE), assumptions needed to estimate the CACE, and approaches to estimating the CACE. Click here to download a pdf of his slides.

Dr. Nicola Fairhall discusses the practical application of CACE analysis using an example from one of her randomised controlled trials. Click here to download a pdf of her slides.

ANZFPS Seminar

You are invited to attend:

“Exercise for falls prevention: how can we have a greater impact on policy and practice?”

When: 28th of November
Time: 9.00am to 12.00pm AEDT
Where: Kerry Packer Education Centre, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Missenden Road, Camperdown, Sydney.

This seminar is jointly hosted by the Australian and New Zealand Fall Prevention Society and the Institute for Musculoskeletal Health.

There is now strong evidence that exercise prevents falls in community-dwelling older adults. Yet a major evidence-practice gap exists.

This session is aimed at researchers, clinicians and policy makers interested in better implementation of exercise for fall prevention.

Please register at the link or by sending an email to :