We are pleased to announce some important dates for our 2021 conference.
3 May 2021: Registrations open. Abstract submissions open.
18th June 2021: Abstract submissions close.
30th July 2021: Authors notified.
10th September 2021: Early-bird registrations close.
29th November 2021: Face-to-face Auckland workshops. Auckland conference dinner.
1st – 3rd December 2021: Virtual Conference
Our virtual conference registration prices are:
Full (early-bird): NZD $130
Student/Concession (early-bird): NZD $80
Full (standard): NZD $180
Student/Concession (standard): NZD $130
You can get a taste of what our virtual conferencing platform will look like here. The state-of-the-art virtual conferencing platform will include networking, poster sessions, discussion forums and live Q&As.
We will be hosting some face-to-face workshops in Auckland and across Australia prior to the conference. As planning continues, we will communicate all updates via our conference website and you can register to receive updates.
The NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence – Prevention of Falls Injuries is holding a special online event to launch the CRE.
Join the CRE for multidisciplinary evidence-based perspectives on what more needs to be done to prevent falls. Speakers include Prof Stephen Lord (Chair), Hon Pru Goward, Prof Cathie Sherrington, Prof Jacqui CLose, Prof Vasi Naganathan, Prof Maria Crotty, Prof Julie Byles and Mr Matt Jennings.
Dr Hassett gives an overview on behaviour change. A/Prof Tiedemann provides insights into the practical implementation of behaviour change into fall prevention efforts.
Dr Leanne Hassett
Leanne Hassett(PhD; MHlthSc(NeuroPHTY); BAppSc(PHTY)) is a Senior Lecturer in the Discipline of Physiotherapy at The University of Sydney, leading the Neurology teaching team. She is also a Senior Research Fellow and NHMRC Translating Research Into Practice (TRIP) Fellow in the Institute for Musculoskeletal Health at The University of Sydney, leading the research theme of physical activity for people with physical disabilities. Her TRIP fellowship is focused on the implementation of physical activity counselling within routine physiotherapy care and has included attending training in behaviour change methods through University College London.
Associate Professor Anne Tiedemann
A/Prof Anne Tiedemann (PhD, BSc, Grad Dip Sci) is Principal Research Fellow and theme leader for Healthy Ageing within the Physical Activity, Ageing and Disability research stream, Institute for Musculoskeletal Health, School of Public Health, University of Sydney.A/Prof Tiedemann’s research aims to bridge the gap between the compelling evidence of the importance of physical activity for promoting health and preventing falls and the very low rates of participation across the population, particularly in older age. Over the past 10 years, Anne has led research, involving seven large scale RCTs and nine systematic reviews exploring the design and evaluation of low cost, sustainable strategies for preventing falls and increasing physical activity for people aged 50 years and over. Anne’s 122 peer-reviewed publications have been cited 9058 times and she was a member of the guidelines development group for the recently released WHO Global Guidelines on Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour.
Professor Sallie Lamb led the Prevention of Fall Injury Trial. This large (n=9083) UK study sought to prevent fractures in older adults with falls risk screening and multifactorial exercise programs. The study was recently published in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine.
The Institute for Musculoskeletal Health and the ANZ Falls Prevention Society hosted Professor Sallie Lamb and an expert panel as they discussed the results and finer details of the Fall Injury Prevention. The panel included Professors Cathie Sherrington, Vasi Naganathan and Stephen Lord.
Pain as a risk factor for falls – An overview of the literature: Dr Daina Sturnieks, Neuroscience Research Australia
Gait, balance and pain in knee osteoarthritis and its impacts on fall: Professor Pazit Levinger, National Ageing Research Institute
Foot pain, balance and falls in older people: Professor Hylton Menz, La Trobe University
Interventions to reduce chronic pain—focus on older people: Mr Rodrigo Rizzo, Neuroscience Research Australia
The Institute for Musculoskeletal Health (IMH) hosted 'The Research Power Hour’ on Friday 4th September. The webinar unpacked the recent STRIDE trial published in the New England Journal of Medicine. STRIDE was a large US multicenter, cluster-randomized, pragmatic trial that explored strategies to reduce injuries and develop confidence in older people. The trial’s abstract and recent publication can be found here: Stride Trial Article
During the webinar, participants heard from Dr Nancy Latham, STRIDE Study Director, and an expert panel as they discussed the results and finer details of this impressive trial and took questions from the audience. The expert panel included Professor Cathie Sherrington, Professor Vasi Naganathan and Professor Stephen Lord.
Dr Alison 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 Treacy discusses the practical application of health economics using an example from hospital rehabilitation.10 presentations from the seminar overviewing the current evidence supporting exercise for fall prevention and systems approaches that acknowledge the complexity of influences on behaviour and outcomes and help us target aspects to change.
10 presentations from the seminar overviewing the current evidence supporting exercise for fall prevention and systems approaches that acknowledge the complexity of influences on behaviour and outcomes and help us target aspects to change.
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.
Dr. Nicola Fairhall discusses the practical application of CACE analysis using an example from one of her randomised controlled trials.
The ANZFPS is pleased to announce that the 9th Biennial Australia and New Zealand Falls Prevention Conference is going online!
Our new conference dates are 1 – 3 December 2021 (NZDT).
We have engaged a state-of-the-art virtual conferencing platform that will bring everything you’ve come to expect from ANZFPS conferences. You’ll be able to network with fellow delegates, participate in discussion groups, live Q&As and more.
Our theme remains ‘Live Stronger For Longer’; a call to action to stay healthy and active in later life.
For those that love to gather, face to face pre-conference workshops will be held on 29th November in Auckland and in other locations in Australia with dates and locations to be confirmed.
As planning continues, we will communicate all updates via our conference website and you can sign up to receive email updates here.
The webinar link will be emailed to registered attendees on Monday 14th December 2020. Please note that you can register even if unable to attend on the day to receive a link to the recording of the webinar.
The Prevention of Fall Injury Trial was a large (n=9803) UK study that sought to prevent fractures in older adults with falls risk screening and multifactorial and exercise interventions. The study was recently published in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine.
The Institute for Musculoskeletal Health and the ANZ Falls Prevention Society jointly invite you to join trial author Professor Sallie Lamb, and an expert panel to discuss the results and finer details of this impressive trial and take questions from the audience. Our expert panel will include Professor Cathie Sherrington, Professor Vasikaran Naganathan and Professor Stephen Lord.
Professor Lamb is the Mireille Gillings Professor for Health Innovation at the University of Exeter. She is also an Honorary Departmental Professor at the Nuffield Department of Medicine at the University of Oxford. She has a background as a physiotherapist.
Pain as a risk factor for falls – An overview of the literature
Dr Daina Sturnieks, Neuroscience Research Australia
Community-dwelling older adults with pain are more likely to have fallen in the past 12 months and to fall again in the future. A brief overview of the literature will be provided.
Gait, balance and pain in knee osteoarthritis and its impacts on falls
Professor Pazit Levinger, National Ageing Research Institute
People with knee osteoarthritis often report pain, difficulty performing activities of daily living and present with a range of physical impairments including joint stiffness, muscle weakness, altered proprioception, reduced balance and gait abnormalities. This presentation will overview the common gait and balance impairments seen in people with lower limb osteoarthritis and how they may relate to increase falls risk.
Foot pain, balance and falls in older people
Professor Hylton Menz, La Trobe University
Foot pain affects 1 in 4 people over the age of 65 years and is associated with decreased ability to undertake activities of daily living, problems with balance and gait, and an increased risk of falls. This presentation will provide an overview of (i) the epidemiology of foot pain in older people, (ii) the mechanisms by which foot pain increases the risk of falls, and (iii) interventions targeting foot pain that may reduce the risk of falling.
Interventions to reduce chronic pain—focus on older people
Mr Rodrigo Rizzo, Neuroscience Research Australia
Chronic pain is one of the most common conditions encountered by healthcare professionals among older people. The management of chronic pain in older people must take into account the multiple comorbidities that this population may have (eg. disorders of gait and balance). The risk of falls must be considered for both pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions in older patients with chronic pain.
Dr Daina Sturnieks
Dr Sturnieks has a PhD in human biomechanics (UWA). She is Laboratory Manager for the Falls, Balance and Injury Research Centre at NeuRA. Her research focuses on understanding biomechanical, sensorimotor and neurocognitive contributions to balance and falls in older people and clinical groups, and randomised controlled trials of novel interventions to prevent falls involving balance, stepping and cognitive training. Dr Sturnieks is active in translating research findings into community, aged care and hospital settings and is Executive Board Member of the Australian and New Zealand Falls Prevention Society.
Professor Pazit Levinger
Professor Levinger is a Senior Researcher (Accredited Exercise Physiologist) at the National Ageing Research Institute. She also holds Honorary positions at the Rehabilitation, Ageing and Independent Living (RAIL) Research Centre, Monash University and the Institute for Health and Sport (IHES), Victoria University. She has over 15 years experience, skills and expertise in active ageing, physical activity and falls prevention, quantitative gait analysis and clinical biomechanics with the focus on people with osteoarthritis.
Professor Hylton B Menz
Professor Hylton Menz is a podiatrist who graduated with first class Honours and the University Medal from La Trobe University in 1993, and completed his PhD focusing on gait patterns, balance and falls at the University of NSW in 2002. He is currently a National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia Senior Research Fellow. Professor Menz’s broad research disciplines are human movement, rehabilitation and rheumatology, with a particular focus on musculoskeletal foot problems in older people. His research extends from laboratory-based biomechanical studies through to analysis of epidemiological datasets and the conduct of clinical trials.
Mr Rodrigo Rizzo
Rodrigo Rizzo is a Doctoral Candidate at Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) and University of New South Wales (UNSW). He is a physiotherapist who has worked in the management of chronic pain for over 15 years.
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.