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Optimising exercise programs for older people to improve balance and prevent falls
Monday July 4th 2016

Engaging and sustaining older people’s participation in falls prevention exercise programs is a continual challenge for health and fitness professionals. Researchers and clinicians from the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine at Monash University and have developed a research seminar to provide fitness professionals, clinicians, health promotion practitioners and academics with practical tools and information on effective falls prevention exercise programs and public health messages.

Seminar details:
Date: Monday 4th July 2016
Time: 9:00am—4:00pm
Venue: AMREP Education Centre Ground Floor, Alfred Hospital, 55 Commercial Road, Melbourne VIC 3004
Cost: $490 (full day), $350 (workshop only)
Who should attend: Fitness professionals, physiotherapists, health educators, fitness educators, health promotion practitioners, researchers, academics.

To register, click this link:
http://www.med.monash.edu.au/sphpm/shortcourses/oepfop.html

For any queries about this event, please contact us at shortcourses.depm@monash.edu or 9903 0693.

 

Findings of the 6-PACK project have been published

January 2016

Results from the 6-PACK trial have been published in The British Medical Journal (BMJ). Associate Professor Anna Barker and Ms Renata Morello from the Falls and Bone Health Team, within the Health Services Research Unit (HSRU) at Monash University led the cluster randomised control trial involving 31,411 patients in 24 acute wards in six Australian hospitals between 2012 and 2013, the largest undertaken worldwide to date.

Results of the study indicate that despite the introduction of the 6-PACK program improving fall-risk tool completion and the use of fall prevention strategies recommended by best practice guidelines, the study observed that there was no effect on falls or fall injuries compared with usual care.

"The study indicates an absence of high-quality evidence that falls can be prevented in acute wards. Solutions to the issue of in-hospital falls, the most frequent patient safety incident in hospitals, are urgently required,” Associate Professor Barker said. “The challenge remains to develop innovative ways to prevent falls in hospital and to reduce the additional resource burden associated with these events.”

For more information, access the full article.

Anna also recently discussed the results of this trial with The BMJ. View the video below or click here to watch via The BMJ YouTube channel.

 

Pilates exercise to improve balance and reduce falls in older people: A research update

December 2015

The Falls and Bone Health team successfully hosted a research update and Q&A session on December 9th 2015 on the effects of Pilates exercise on balance and falls in older people. This was a free event designed to provide delegates with new insights into the potential benefits of Pilates exercise. The latest research published by the Falls and Bone Health team on Pilates exercise was presented, which included a systematic review and a pilot randomised controlled trial. The event attracted 50 delegates who were highly satisfied with the quality of this seminar. Over 95% of survey respondents rated the event as good/very good; 95% rated the quality of speakers as good/very good; and 100% reported the knowledge gained from this seminar was applicable to their occupation.

"It was a great session. First Jason sharing the previous research in Pilates and then how Anna was so interactive with the group and focused on exercises that would help with falls."

"Jason and Anna you guys were fantastic. Learnt heaps. Thank you!"  

 

Optimising exercise programs for older people to improve balance and prevent falls

November 2015

This event was an accredited program of Fitness Australia and Physical Activity Australia. The seminar equipped professionals working within the health and fitness industries with practical tools for engaging and sustaining older people’s participation in falls prevention programs. The event was repeated after an overwhelming amount of demand for the initial seminar which took place in October 2015. More than 100 delegates attended the event with 94% of survey respondents rating the quality of the speakers as very good/good and 85% rating the overall quality of the event as very good/good.

“The presenters were all experts in their fields and did a fantastic job of condensing the latest evidence into a half day program.”

"One of the most engaging and clinically relevant seminars I have attended. Fantastic content and presentation style."

 

The extra resource burden of in-hospital falls: A cost of falls study

November 2015

In-hospital falls remain a major cause of harm in acute care hospitals. Researchers from the 6-PACK project conducted a cost of falls study alongside other fall prevention experts to quantify the additional length of stay and costs associated with in-hospital falls and fall injuries in acute hospitals in Australia.

The study was conducted as part of the 6-PACK project and included 12 acute hospital wards from six public hospitals. Results of the study indicate that patients who experience an in-hospital fall have significantly longer hospital stays and higher costs.

For more information, access the full article.

Ms Renata Morello recently discussed the results of this study with the Medical Journal of Australia. Listen to the podcast.

 

Hot topics in healthy ageing seminar

September 2015

The Falls and Bone Health team successfully hosted the CRE-PS ‘Hot topics in healthy ageing’ seminar on Monday September 21st 2015. Leading researchers provided the over 60 delegates with new knowledge and skills to address the latest issues in caring for older people. The 11 speakers covered a range of topics including: engaging older people in self-management of their health; managing medications for healthy ageing; and innovative ways to support patients after discharge through electronic communication. Follow this link to read about the TEXT ME trial presented by Julie Redfern recently published in JAMA – an RCT examining the effect of a lifestyle-focused text messaging service to improve cardiovascular risk factors. The attendees were highly satisfied with the quality of this seminar—92% of attendees rated the quality of the speakers as good/very good, 86% reported the seminar topics as good/very interesting and 95% of attendees reported the knowledge gained from this seminar was applicable to their occupation.

“Thank you for a very enjoyable, stimulating and interesting day”

“Excellent speakers. Thank you.” 

The Falls and Bone Health team would like to give a special thank you to all who were involved in this seminar including five interstate guest speakers from Sydney and Perth: Dr Anne-Marie Hill; Prof Keith Hill; Dr Julie Redfern; Prof Leon Flicker; and Prof Christopher Etherton-Beer.

Proud sponsors of the event were The Victorian Department of Health & Human Services and Gripsox®.

 

Findings of the 6-PACK project announced at first conference presentation

November 2014

Associate Professor Anna Barker announced the findings of the 6-PACK project at the 6th Biennial Australian and New Zealand Falls Prevention Conference. View the presentation below or click here to watch via the Australian and New Zealand Falls Prevention Society YouTube channel.

The Falls and Bone Health team conduct a number of projects within the realm of healthy ageing and falls prevention. To stay up-to-date with the progress of these projects, connect with the teams LinkedIn profile.