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15 Jun 18

Multidisciplinary perspectives on preventing falls for older hospital patients and their transition back home - Regional event (Bunbury)

Falls remain a major health problem for older people, in hospitals and in the return home. The Australian Association of Gerontology WA are hosting a one-day regional Falls Prevention Forum in Bunbury as part of our commitment to support training, research and education in ageing. The forum will cover important aspects of falls prevention implementation and sustainability in hospital and community settings, and the transition between hospital and home.

Hear from a multidisciplinary team of presenters who will provide research, clinical and practice updates, as well as some local falls prevention initiatives from the Bunbury region. The keynote speaker will be Professor Lindy Clemson, Occupational Therapist from the University of Sydney. The forum will also provide an excellent opportunity to network with colleagues and share your own experiences.

Hear from leading experts:


Professor Lindy Clemson
Professor of Ageing and Occupational Therapy and Leader of the Charles Perkins Centre Active Ageing Research Network, at theThe University of Sydney and an investigator on the Centre of Excellence for Population Ageing Research (CEPAR).


Lindy is an international leader in research on enablement and environmental approaches to community-based fall prevention. She has led the development of three novel and successful fall prevention programs for older people, all implemented world-wide. These include the Westmead approach to reducing environmental and behavioural approaches to fall prevention, the Stepping On community-based program and the Lifestyle-integrated functional exercise program (LiFE). Her work has influenced both policy and practice, and her publications are highlighted in Cochrane Reviews, the Australian and the US national fall prevention practice guidelines, and the US compendium of effective community-based falls prevention interventions
She taught allied health science students for 11 years. She studied gerontology at the University of Michigan and Pennsylvania State University. Using the knowledge gained during those visits she co-developed the first Victorian post-graduate diploma in gerontology and introduced gerontology into the undergraduate behavioural science courses. Kay also served in the Senate, as Parliamentary Secretary and in Cabinet in the portfolios of Health and Social Security during her time in Federal Parliament.

Lindy will speak about Person-Environment interaction and falls in hospital and home, including:

  • Key elements of successful fall prevention approaches to reducing falls in the home environment
  • Reducing environmental and behavioural risks: Foundations for clinical reasoning and Techniques and tips
  • How do hospital falls differ: the case for individualised strategies


Professor Glenn Arendts
Associate Professor in Emergency Medicine at the University of Western Australia, Foundation Chair of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine Geriatric Interest Group and a consultant emergency physician at Fiona Stanley Hospital in Western Australia.

Glen conducts ED based clinical research with a focus on the recognition and management of geriatric syndromes in the ED; hospitalisation avoidance; and harm minimisation strategies in older people. He has over eighty peer review original research publications as well as numerous review articles, letters, published abstracts and book chapters. As chief investigator he has attracted more than $6million of competitive research funding in addition to being a named or associate investigator on other funded studies.

Glen will discuss:

  • An evidence based systematic approach to older persons presenting to ED after a fall is feasible
  • Such an approach at Fiona Stanley Hospital has led to significant reductions in admission rates and patient length of stay, and is highly cost effective
  • Referral processes for discharged patients are best based on risk assessment and place of residence


Su Kitchen
Clinical Nurse Consultant in Falls Management (the first in WA) at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital.

Su cares passionately about patient safety and reducing falls, harm from falls and minimising the detrimental and traumatic effect a fall can have on an individual. Su has been in falls prevention for 10 years and has a background of extensive experience in multiple specialities. Working collaboratively with health care professionals across the state, nationally and internationally Su has developed and assisted in developing and implementing multiple programmes (including the very first frequent faller program), policies, guidelines, documentation and educational resources. These aim to increase patient safety and health professional knowledge of falls management. Su is the founder and convener of the popular Grassroots Falls Conferences and the SCGH Falls Lecture Series that has been attended by over 5000 health professionals since inception. Su was awarded the Jill Porteous Memorial Award at the 2016 WA Health Excellence Awards for her work in falls prevention in WA

Su will discuss:

  • The SCGH Falls Management program – an overview
  • Wicked or successful
  • Lessons to learn and take away


Associate Professor Anne-Marie Hill
Full time research academic in the School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science at Curtin University.

She is an APA titled Gerontological physiotherapist (Australian Physiotherapy Association), who also holds educational qualifications. Her research interests in are healthy ageing and health for older people, focusing on falls prevention. She was awarded an NHMRC early career fellowship (2012-2015) after completing her PhD in 2011. She has already obtained over $6+M in research funding, collaborates on multiple national projects and has led large trials and projects in community, hospital and residential care populations. She has strong links throughout WA and works closely with organisations and clinicians to assist in translation of falls prevention evidence into practice in WA communities.

Anne-Marie will focus on:

  • Education as a fundamental means of engaging with patients in their health care
  • Patient education can reduce falls in hospital settings
  • How can we raise patient and general community awareness about falls prevention?


Dr Nicholas Waldron
Consultant geriatrician at Armadale hospital and the clinical lead of the WA Health Falls Prevention Health Network.

Nick has led the implementation and subsequent review of the Falls Prevention Model Of Care in Western Australia.

Current research interests includes falls prevention, evidence translation and Goals of Patient care.

Nick will provide an update on:

  • The Western Australian Falls Prevention Model of Care
  • The role of the doctor in falls prevention in hospitals, and research evidence
  • Delirium and dementia are associated with high risk of falls in hospital – how can we identify delirium early, and prevent falls in these patients?


Professor Keith Hill
Acting Deputy Pro Vice Chancellor of the Faculty of Health Sciences at Curtin University.

Keith is a physiotherapist with extensive clinical and research experience in falls prevention across the hospital, home and residential care settings.


Keith's focus:

  • Bed moves are frequent for older hospital patients with increased falls risk
  • Bed moves in increase the risk of falling for older hospital patients with increased falls risk
  • There is a need to reduce bed moves for high falls risk patients if possible, and for staff to be aware of the increased risk of falls if bed moves are necessary.


Associate Professor Chris Toye
Associate Professor, Older Persons’ Health Care at Curtin University. Research consultant in the Centre for Nursing Research at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital.


Chris’s main research interest is in enhancing practice related to the care of frail and/or unwell older people, including older people living with dementia. Her research embraces care of the older person and support of their family carers across health care settings and during care transitions.

Chris's topic:

  • Hospitalisation of an older person may be associated with falling or increased risk of falling, with significant implications for family caregiving
  • The Further Enabling Care at Home (post-discharge) program guides the caregiver to identify and address their caregiving support needs
  • The potential exists for this program to improve fall-related outcomes for both caregivers and the older people for whom they provide care

Event timetable:

Time Title Speaker
09.30 Registration and coffee
10.00 Welcome and introduction and snapshot summary of research evidence Professor Keith Hill
10.10 Setting the scene: WA falls prevention model of care Dr Nick Waldron
10.30 Falls management in the Emergency Department and beyond (transfer to ward or home) Professor Glenn Arendts
11.00

Learnings from SCGH hospital wide falls prevention programmes

Ms Su Kitchen
11.30 Education programmes for staff and patients in hospitals to reduce falls

Associate Professor Anne-Marie Hill

12.00 Panel – questions and discussion
12.30 Lunch (and local project displays)
1.30 Medical management of falls in hospitals, with a focus on patients with delirium or dementia Dr Nick Waldron
1.50 Bed moves in hospitals and falls during the hospital journey

Professor Keith Hill

2.10 Person-Environment interaction and falls in hospital and home Professor Lindy Clemson
2.50

Improving the transition home for carers of older patients – the FECH program

Associate Professor Chris Toye
3.20

Injury Matters - overview and update

Rachel Meade
3.30

Local falls prevention programmes

1. Very high Falls Risk Project

2. An Overview of the Bunbury Hospital Falls Prevention Education

Ceri Elliott CNM SARU Bunbury Hospital and Tricia Power Regional Aged Care Manager WACHS-SW

Graham Benbow Senior Occupational Therapist WACHS-SW Bunbury Community Allied Health Team

3.50 Panel – questions and discussion
4.15 Close

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Event Date & Time: Friday 15th June 9.30am - 4.15pm

Event Location: Edith Cowan University, Bunbury Campus, WA

Registrations Open: 23rd Apr 18 1:00 AM

Registrations Close: 11th Jun 18 8:00 PM

Places Available: 38

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AAG Members: $70
Non-Members: $100

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