Resources for Health Professionals

Australian and State sites with information about falls prevention

Australia
Australian & New Zealand Hip Fracture Registry: Guidelines and StandardsThe ANZHFR sets out to achieve a number of goals including:
• The development of ANZ Guidelines for hip fracture care
• Defining standards of care and measurable quality indicators
• Ultimately to develop an ANZ registry to allow for timely comparison of meaningful data which should be used to understand practice and trigger the case for change in places where care might possibly be improved
Community falls prevention sustainability resource packageThe resources available assist organisations to sustain falls prevention activities beyond any funding periods. The package comprises guidelines and a workbook, a presentation for staff training, a supporting document that summarises the rationale for the guidelines, and a guidance sheet on how to use these materials.
Hip Fracture Care Clinical Care Standard: Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health CareThis resource provides guidance to consumers, clinicians and health services on delivering appropriate care to people with a hip fracture.
NoFalls Exercise ProgramNoFalls is a 15-week group exercise program, with a strong focus on balance enhancement. Studies have shown that balance can be improved through challenging the balance systems, practicing balance strategies and improving strength and flexibility.
Injury prevention in AustraliaThe Department of Health aims to reduce the incidence, morbidity and mortality associated with:
• injury across all age groups; and
• falls in non-Indigenous people aged 65 years and over and Indigenous people aged 55 years and over.
Quickscreen© Information and Order FormThe NeuRA QuickScreen© Clinical Falls Risk Assessment (or QuickScreen© for short) was developed by researchers at Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) and is a multifactorial assessment tool which was designed specifically for use in clinical settings. It has been rigorously tested in a large sample of community-dwelling older people in which it was found that performance in the QuickScreen© was able to accurately predict faller status.
Balance Intensity ScaleA 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.
NSW
NSW Fall Prevention & Healthy Ageing NetworkShares knowledge, expertise, and resources on falls injury prevention. The NSW Fall Prevention & Healthy Ageing Network activities are part of the implementation of the NSW Falls Prevention Policy funded by the NSW Ministry of Health.
Clinical Excellence Commission (NSW Falls Prevention Program) The CECs Falls Prevention program aims to reduce the incidence and severity of falls among older people and reduce the social, psychological and economic impact of falls on individuals, families and the community. It provides Statewide leadership, co-ordination and collaboration and provides resources and support for the implementation of local health districts and networks falls prevention plans.
Active and HealthyAn online directory of physical activity programs in NSW. Provides resources and tools for use by exercise providers as well as evidence based information on physical activity and falls prevention strategies.
QLD
Queensland Stay on Your FeetThis site provides information about how we can all work together to help Queenslanders stay healthy, active, independent and on their feet. This site is for seniors and anyone who works with seniors, including individuals, organisations, health professionals in hospitals and the community, aged care facilities, local councils, government departments, and the fitness industry.
VIC
Victorian Falls and Balance Services DirectoryThe Victorian Falls and Balance Service Directory provides details of the clinics and programs operated by public hospitals and community health services in Victoria for older people who have had a fall or are at risk of falling.
Victoria Health: Preventing Falls Resources for health professionals, seniors, families and carers and others with an interest in falls prevention to help reduce the risk of falls and fall-related injuries. It includes over 90 resources many developed by organisations funded by the Victorian Government Department of Health to implement projects in residential aged care facilities and for people living independently in their own homes.
SA
Falls Prevention in SAThe Falls Prevention in SAwebsite provides a one-stop-shop of falls prevention and management information for members of the public, health professionals, General Practitioners, and carers.
SA Health Falls prevention policy directive and toolkitThe Fall and Fall Injury Prevention and Management Policy Directive outlines the scope, principles, definitions and responsibilities for effective falls prevention systems. The purpose of this policy and toolkit is to establish a consistent, embedded approach to the prevention and management of falls across SA Health services.
WA
Stay on Your Feet WA®Stay On Your Feet WA® is a community awareness-raising program that aims to promote healthy, active ageing in WA to reduce falls and the severity of fall-related injuries among seniors.
WA Falls Prevention Health NetworkThe Falls Prevention Health Network aims to improve harm prevention from falls by enabling consumers and carers, health professionals, hospitals, health services and the Department of Health WA as system manager to engage and collaborate effectively to facilitate health policy and increased co-ordination of care across the State.
Falls Risk Management Tool and Audit ToolA falls prevention tool used for all inpatients to identify those at risk of falls, assess their risk factors and assign appropriate interventions. An audit tool to monitor its use is also available.
Post Fall Multidsciplinary Management Guidelines and ToolsA statewide policy to enable a consistent and best-practice approach to post-fall assessment, management and follow-up in WA hospitals, health services and multi-purpose sites (MPS).
Injury Matters WAInjury Matters leads the way in preventing injury and supporting recovery by providing programs and services that enable Western Australians to live long and healthy lives.
TAS
Stay On Your Feet TAS®Provides falls information and resources for health professionals and the community.

 

New Zealand sites with information about falls prevention

Reducing Harm from Falls – Health Quality & Safety Commission New ZealandReducing harm from falls was a national programme led by the Health Quality & Safety Commission, working in partnership with a wide range of stakeholder organisations, from 2012–13 until 2017–18. Work began in mid-2012 with the aim of reducing the harm that people can suffer if they fall and hurt themselves – especially older people receiving care, whether in hospital, residential care, or in their own home.
Live Stronger for Longer – Prevent Falls and Fractures New ZealandAn online directory of strength and balance classes in New Zealand with resources for health professionals
Falls & Fractures Outcomes Framework DashboardThe falls & fractures outcomes dashboard defines and measures outcomes that matter to older people. It helps health sector partners.

 

Journals

SafetyLitSafetyLit provides abstracts of reports from researchers who work in the more than 30 distinct professional disciplines relevant to preventing and researching unintentional injuries, violence, and self-harm.
Injury PreventionInjury Prevention publishes original research, opinion, debate and special features on the prevention of unintentional, occupational and intentional (violence-related) injuries.
Research Review AustraliaResearch Review publications bring the best of 10,000 global medical journals to your inbox every issue with commentary from Australian experts. Over 40 areas including Cardiology, Diabetes, Oncology, General Practice and Psychiatry. Specialist opinions on guidelines, medicines and conferences.

 

International Resources

Falls and Fragility Fracture Audit Programme (FFFAP) - UKThe Falls and Fragility Fracture Audit Programme (FFFAP) is a national clinical audit run by the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) designed to audit the care that patients with fragility fractures and inpatient falls receive in hospital and to facilitate quality improvement initiatives.
ProFaNE - Prevention of Falls Network EarthNews, articles and support for all falls prevention professionals.
Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths & Injuries (STEADI)STEADI includes a suite of tools and resources. These resources include basic information about:
• Falls
• Screening options
• Information on medications linked to falls
• Standardised gait and balance assessment tests
• Online trainings that offer continuing education
British Columbia Falls PreventionProfessional resources on fall prevention guidelines, training and tools.
Falls and Bone Health CommunityThe online Falls and Bone Health Community is a group of people in Scotland with a common interest in the prevention and management of falls and fragility fractures in older people. We work together to share information, build a collection of useful resources, develop expertise and solve problems.
Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario - Preventing Falls and Reducing Injury from Falls The purpose of this guideline is to outline evidence-based approaches for preventing falls and reducing fall injuries for adults aged >18 years at risk for falls and receiving care from nurses and other health-care providers across the health-care continuum, including those living in the community.
Fall Prevention Center of Excellence (California)The Fall Prevention Center of Excellence was established to provide leadership, create new knowledge, improve practice and develop sustainable fall prevention programs. They provide resources for service providers, researchers and educators as well as individuals and families.

 

Other Useful Websites

Australia
Dementia Australia
Healthy Bones Australia (formerly Osteoporosis Australia)
Council on the Aging (COTA) Australia
Macular Disease Foundation Australia
Vision Australia
Australia's Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines
Enabling Environments
Home Modification Information Clearinghouse
Independent Living Centres Australia
Assistive Technology Australia
New Zealand
Dementia New Zealand
Alzheimers New Zealand
Osteoporosis New Zealand
Macular Disease New Zealand