|Collecting, analysing and reporting falls related data
|Dr Morello introduces how fall outcomes are commonly measured and collected in clinical practice and research. Dr Soh provides practical guidance on how to report and analyse falls data.
|Behaviour Change: an overview and practical implementation for falls prevention
|Dr Hassett gives an overview on behaviour change. A/Prof Tiedemann provides insights into the practical implementation of behaviour change into fall prevention efforts.
|The Research Power Hour: Professor Sallie Lamb
|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, Balance and Falls in Older Adults Webinar
|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 Research Power Hour: Unpacking the Stride Trial
|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.
|Health Economics Webinar
|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.
|Exercise for falls prevention: How Can we have a greater impact on policy and practice?
|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.
|Estimating the effect of treatment on people who comply with allocated treatment in randomised controlled trial using CACE
|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.
With the ever-evolving Covid-19 situation, ANZFPS made the difficult decision to postpone our 2020 conference.
We are pleased to announce that we will continue to host the conference in Auckland in the same venue – the University of Auckland’s Owen G Glenn building.
Save the date for:
1-3 December 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 email@example.com.
We hope you’ll be able to join us in December!
The Research Power Hour:
Professor Sallie Lamb
When: Thursday 17th December 2020
Time: 0800 – 0900 AEDT
Where: Zoom webinar
To register your attendance please click 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.
A link to the study abstract is provided here.
Webinar – Pain, Balance and Falls In Older Adults
Presented by the ANZFPS Education Sub-Committee
Our presenters have provided some responses for questions that they were unable to be answered during our Q&A Session – you can view them here: Pain Webinar – Additional Q&A responses
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.
The 21st International Conference on Falls and Postural Stability will be held virtually this year on 25th September 2020.
- Further attendee’s overall knowledge and understanding of current research and practice in health care of older people in core and difficult areas
- Improve attendee’s skills in the treatment and care of older people
- Inspire attendees to achieve personnel excellence in healthcare of older people
- Take away new activities and ideas to progress their workplace’s services.
Abstract submission closes on 14th August.
Click here for more information, to register or to submit an abstract.
A 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. It is designed to be used as part of routine clinical care when prescribing balance exercises and can be used for initial assessment, reassessment and on discharge from therapy. The website includes a training video on how to use the scale and an infographic for the exerciser.
For more information go to https://www.monash.edu/medicine/balance-intensity-scale
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.
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”