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Falls and fracture prevention – Case for action proposal to NHMRC

Submitted by the Research Translation Faculty Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Conditions Steering Group and the Injury Prevention and Control Steering Group (February 2015)




Australian and State sites with information about fall prevention
Name State Link Description
The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care AUS

Hospital guidelines: aged care guidelines: care guidelines:
The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care assists health services to reduce the number of falls, and the resulting patient harm, through a number of national initiatives.This site includes Australia’s National Guidelines: Preventing Falls and Harm From Falls in Older People: Best Practice Guidelines for Australian Hospitals, Residential Aged Care Facilities and Community Care 2009. The guidelines provide a consistent national basis for falls prevention.
Australian and NZ Hip fracture registry AUS
Includes a link to the Falls and Fragility Fracture Audit Programme (UK):
The 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 a 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 package The 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 which summarises the rationale for the guidelines, and a guidance sheet on how to use these materials.
Stay On Your Feet WA ® WA Stay On Your Feet WA® is a community awareness raising program which aims to promote healthy, active ageing in WA to reduce falls and the severity of fall-related injuries among seniors.
WA Falls Prevention Health Network resources WA   The WA Falls Prevention Health Network has produced or supported the development of the following resources (see following links):

  • E-learning package for fall prevention in hospital settings
  • Falls Risk Management Tool and Audit Tool
  • Post-Fall Management Guidelines in Western Australian Healthcare Settings
  • WA Falls Prevention Model of Care


e-learning package for fall prevention in hospital settings WA An online learning package outlining the process of assessing a patient’s risk of falls and identifying and applying appropriate prevention strategies in the hospital setting.  It takes 30-40minutes to complete.
Falls Risk Management Tool and Audit Tool WA A 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 Management Guidelines in Western Australian Healthcare Settings WA A 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).
WA Falls Prevention Model of Care WA


Fall prevention strategies_2014

An overarching policy document providing a vision and direction for falls prevention activities across WA


Evidence for fall prevention strategies in the community, residential and hospital care settings.

Stay On Your Feet TAS® TAS Provides falls information and resources for health professionals and the community
NSW Falls prevention network NSW  Shares knowledge, expertise, and resources on falls injury prevention.The NSW Falls Prevention 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 NSW 
Active and Healthy website NSW
Vic government of health VIC 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.
Falls prevention SA SA  The ‘Falls Prevention in SA’ website provides a one-stop-shop of falls prevention and management information for members of the public, health professionals, General Practitioners, and carers.
Centre of Physical Activity and Ageing SA Centre for Physical Activity in Ageing (SA) The aim of the CPAA is to “Contribute to the quality of life of individuals through the provision of specialised physical rehabilitation, health promotion, scientific research and educational programs”.
The SA Health Falls Prevention Program SA Information for consumers on fall and fall prevention  Provides a large number of falls prevention resources, guidelines and tools
Queensland Stay On Your Feet QLD 
LiFE Program to prevent falls in older people WA  Introduction to the Lifestyle-integrated Function Exercise (LiFE) Program to prevent falls in older adults

Current clinical trials in Australia and New Zealand evaluating falls/fall injury outcomes

Study Title Clinical Trial Registration link
RESPOND—A patient-centred program to prevent secondary falls in older people presenting to the emergency department (ED) with a fall: a multi-centre randomised controlled trial
A randomised controlled trial of low-dose aspirin for the prevention of fractures in healthy older people: the ASPREE-Fracture sub-study
Balance Exercise and Strength Training (BEST) program for older people living at home
Does training heath professional students on hospital placements with falls prevention simulation reduce inpatient falls?
Tailored Patient Education for Preventing Falls after Hospital Discharge
The ROC Study: A Multi-Centered, Randomized Controlled Clinical Trial comparing the effectiveness of an innovative and comprehensive new eye care model with usual care for individuals in RAC Facilities
A cluster randomised controlled trial to evaluate the effectiveness of an integrated general practice fall prevention process compared with usual care on GP practice change and the rate of falls in older people residing in the community
Standing Tall – A home-based exercise program using mobile technology for preventing falls in older people
Does nutrition and exercise reduce falls and prevent frailty in pre-frail older adults in New Zealand?
Active ageing: a novel dynamic exercise initiative for older people to improve health and well-being
A night-lighting intervention to reduce inpatient falls: A stepped-wedge cluster randomised controlled trial
Can a tailored exercise and home hazard reduction program (i-FOCIS) reduce the rate of falls in community dwelling older people with cognitive impairment or dementia? A Randomised control Trial
Evaluation of the Fun ‘n Fitness Exercise Program (Falls Prevention Program)
A randomised trial to evaluate the effect of an education program on fall prevention knowledge and the prescription of exercises shown to prevent falls in older people
iStoppFalls – Information and communication technologies (ICT) based system to predict and prevent falls
Can interventions that aim to promote physical activity and prevent falls be combined successfully to improve mobility and independence in older age?
Is running re-education group more effective than high-level balance group in reducing falls in the elderly living in the community?
Home-based, tailored intervention for reducing falls after stroke: the Falls After Stroke Trial (FAST)
CHERISH Collaborative for Hospitalised Elders: Reducing the Impact of Stays in Hospital
Whole body vibration for osteoporosis: Shaking up treatment options
Combatting Frailty in Older Men with multifaceted individually tailored intervention including exercise, diet and behaviour
Feasibility study of the Drug Burden Index with Home Medicine Review
Clinical trial of a take-home rehabilitation device for vestibular patients
A pragmatic approach to developing falls prevention interventions in a hospital setting
An exercise and education-based program for the prevention of falls in older people after discharge from hospital following admission as a result of a fall
Is it feasible to deliver a training program to reduce falls risk in adults 65 years and over with cognitive impairment and high-level gait disorders?
Effect of a physical activity promotion and fall prevention plan on physical activity and falls in community-dwelling people aged 60+
Efficacy of the installation of safety features to access steps to homes in Wellington and New Plymouth
Understanding the Falls Experience in People with Intellectual Disability in Western Australia
Tailored Patient Education for Preventing Falls after Hospital Discharge
Other useful resources
Alzheimer’s Australia: environments: Prevention on Australia – The Department of Health: Australia: on the Ageing (COTA) – Australia: Modifications Clearinghouse: Living Centres – Australia: Living Centre NSW: Disease Foundation Australia: Australia: physical activity guidelines – The Department of Health:


Research Groups

Australian Centre for Evidence Based Aged Care (ACEBAC) – La Trobe University:

Centre for Research Excellence in Patient Safety (CRE-PS)– Monash University: and

Falls Prevention Research Unit, Monash Injury Research Institute

Falls and Balance Research Group, Neuroscience Research Australia – University of NSW:

National Ageing Research Institute (NARI) – University of Melbourne:

The Joanna Briggs Institute:

National Injury Surveillance Unit (NISU)– Flinders University, Adelaide:

Queensland Injury Surveillance Unit:

Technology for Injury Prevention in Seniors (TIPS) – Simon Fraser University (Canada):

Centre for Hip Health and Mobility – University of British Columbia (Canada):


Other International resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Older Adult Falls (USA):

Preventing Falls:

Cost of Falls Among Older Adults:

iStoppFalls Consortium: iStoppFalls involves representatives of world-leading technology and research experts from both university and industry partners in Europe and Australia. The program will strengthen collaboration between research and technology which will provide tailored solutions for the ageing society.:

Falls and Bone Health Community: The 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.:

Patient Safety Division, National Health Service England

PROFANE – Prevention of Falls Network Earth Community On-line – Supporting Falls Prevention Professionals Worldwide:



SafetyLit: Provides abstracts of reports from researchers who work in the more than 30 professional disciplines relevant to preventing unintentional injuries, violence, and self-harm.

Injury Prevention Online:

Injury Prevention Web:

Research Review Australia:


Key publications

Sherrington C, Whitney JC, Lord SR, et al. Effective exercise for the prevention of falls: a systematic review and meta-analysis. J Am Geriatr Soc 2008;56:2234-2243:

Cameron ID, Gillespie LD, Robertson MC, et al. Interventions for preventing falls in older people in care facilities and hospitals. Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2012;12:CD005465:

Gillespie LD, Robertson MC, Gillespie WJ, et al. Interventions for preventing falls in older people living in the community. Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2012;9:CD007146: