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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 amanda.wallace@auckland.ac.nz.

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 imh.info@sydney.edu.au : https://www.eventbrite.com/e/australia-and-new-zealand-fall-prevention-society-seminar-tickets-77443129485

 

Call for bids to host ANZFPS 2022 conference

In accordance with bylaws of the Australian and New Zealand Falls Prevention Society (ANZFPS) http://www.anzfallsprevention.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/ANZFPS-Bylaws-18-Nov-2014.pdf, bids for hosting the 2022 ANZFPS biennial conference are now open. If you attended the ANZFPS conference in Hobart in 2018 you are deemed an ANZFPS member and are eligible to make a bid. If you wish to do so, send your bid to the ANZFPS Secretary Anna Hatton at a.hatton1@uq.edu.au.

For more information on the bid process, please email either the Secretary Anna Hatton a.hatton1@uq.edu.au or President Cathie Sherrington Cathie.sherrington@sydney.edu.au

Reminder: The 2020 ANZFPS conference will be held in Auckland, New Zealand.

Statistics Webinar

Estimating the effect of treatment on people who comply with allocated treatment in randomised controlled trial

Presented by the Australian and New Zealand Fall Prevention Society Early Career Researcher Sub-Committee

When: Wednesday 25th September

Time: 1230 – 1330

Where: Zoom webinar (registration details below or for local participants: Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA), Barker St, Randwick, NSW, John and Betty Lynch Seminar Room, Level 3; if you plan on attending at NeuRA please RSVP to m.taylor@neura.edu.au)

 

Register in advance for this webinar:

https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_PB7ZlpYDT46cHxW6DFmmfQ

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

 

Topic: Estimating the effect of treatment on people who comply with allocated treatment in randomised controlled trial using CACE (Complier Average Causal Effect)

Presenters: Professor Rob Herbert and Dr Nicola Fairhall. Prof Rob Herbert will provide 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. Dr Nicola Fairhall will discuss the practical application of CACE analysis using an example from one of her randomised controlled trials.

 

Prof Rob Herbert

Professor Rob Herbert is an NHMRC Principal Research Fellow at Neuroscience Research Australia. He initially trained as a physiotherapist and has an interest in clinical research, particularly randomised trials of physical interventions for motor impairment. He is a Director of the Centre for Evidence-Based Physiotherapy which maintains the PEDro database (www.pedro.org.au), a unique database of randomised trials, systematic reviews and clinical practice guidelines in physiotherapy.

 

Dr Nicola Fairhall

Nicola is a Post Doctoral Research Associate in the Institute for Musculoskeletal Health research theme within the School of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine and Health at the University of Sydney. Nicola worked as physiotherapist for twelve years before completing her PhD in 2013. Her research currently focuses on improving functioning in older people, particularly those who are frail.