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Call for bids to host ANZFPS 2022 conference

In accordance with bylaws of the Australian and New Zealand Falls Prevention Society (ANZFPS), 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

For more information on the bid process, please email either the Secretary Anna Hatton or President Cathie Sherrington

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


Register in advance for this webinar

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 (, 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.




Travel Fellowship – Applications Open

Deadline extended until 29 July

The ANZFPS has successfully run biennial conferences since 2004.  Over this time, a small profit 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 2019 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, New Zealand, or overseas), organize 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. Maximum budget for any one application is $5,000.  Research, travel and accommodation costs can be included. Research infrastructure costs (eg. purchase of computers) cannot be included. Costs for provision of child-care services from registered child-care 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:

Closing date and notification Applications close 5:00 PM Australian Eastern Standard Time 29 July 2019. Successful applicants will be notified 6-8 weeks after the closing date.
Application checklist

  • Application form and proposal (2 page max)
  • CV (2 page max including any career disruptions)
  • Evidence of Research Higher Degree completion as applicable
  • Referee contact details
  • Letter of support from host

Australian Clinical Trials Alliance






The ANZFPS is now an Affiliate Member of the Australian Clinical Trials Alliance, joining the collective voice in Australia for investigator initiated clinical trials and the clinical registries sector. Member benefits include:

  • Have an active role in helping to ensure that the public good trials and registries sector has a strong and effective ‘collective voice’ at the national level.
  • Help to shape healthcare and research policy that directly impacts your research.
  • A ‘seat at the table’ to ensure that your group is well represented and has the opportunity to influence and help drive ACTA’s advocacy for the sector.
  • Ability to contribute to ACTA Roundtables/Working Groups/Standing Committees to ensure that issues impacting your field of research are communicated effectively to governments and key stakeholders.
  • Active promotion of the activities and achievements of your research group through ACTA publications, member profiles on the ACTA website and news listings on major publications and trial results.
  • Get connected: receive policy alerts & enewsletters, provide comments to inform ACTA submissions and rapid responses, and receive invitations to member forums/events.
  • Discounted registration to all ACTA conferences and events (for organisational members this is extended to all members of your organisation/group).