It may be an amusing play on words but the state-wide April Falls Day (Monday 3rd April) and April Falls Month are serious business.

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Moving Right to stay uprightTheir purpose is to promote falls prevention for all patients and assist older people to stay fall-free in the community.

This year's theme is 'Moving right to stay upright' – take steps to prevent a fall.

Poor balance and strength will affect a person's mobility and put them at an increased risk of a fall.

April Falls Day® 2017 is an opportunity to promote moving right to stay upright across your hospital, community setting or residential aged care facility.

Help reduce the incidence of falls in our health facilities and the community.

Use the following resources to get the message out during April Falls Month activities.

 

2017 April Falls Event:

Sarcopenia and Falls Prevention Seminar

"Waste Not - Fall Not" 
Sarcopenia and Falls Prevention Seminar

​A free seminar for community service providers and staff of RACF and Hospitals, who work with older people in Northern Sydney.

The seminar was held on Tuesday 2 May 2017 at Hornsby RSL club.

Enquiries to:

Margaret Armstrong - margaret.armstrong@health.nsw.gov.au

Presentations:

Recognising and Responding to Sarcopenia: A Medical Perspective 
Professor Susan Kurrle
'Wasting Away' on Tea and Toast
Megan Jones
More on the Eating Well booklet - a nutrition resource for older people and their carers
Strong Muscles - Safe Moves
Sally Castell
An Update on the iSOLVE Project
Assoc Professor Lynette Mackenzie
More on iSOLVE Project
Alcohol, Older Persons and Falls
Peter Whitecross
Stepping On to Reduce Sarcopenia
Nadia Williams
More on Stepping On

NSLHD Healthy Lifestyle Overview
Joel Penson
More on Healthy Lifestyle

 

 

Help reduce the incidence of falls in health facilities and the community. Use the following resources at your facility or in your community to get the message out during April Falls Day and April Falls Month.


Resources

2017 April Falls Posters

Moving right to stay upright - Take steps to prevent a fall
Moving Around Safely in Hospitals
Helping our patients - take steps to prevent a fall (April Falls Day)
Helping our patients - take steps to prevent a fall (April Falls Month)
Helping our consumers - take steps to prevent a fall
Helping our younger MHDA consumers - take steps to prevent a fall
Take Steps to Prevent a Fall - Home Tasks Checklist

Home Tasks Safety Checklist 

For more information on ladder safety (including falls stories), visit:
Take Steps to Prevent a Fall

 

General April Falls Posters

How to Fall Proof Yourself
Falls are preventable - We all have a role to play
Patients at risk - Falls risk screen
Preventing falls - tips for seniors
Carers: Your role is key
Carers: Your role is key (detailed)
Carers are important
Pets are a hazard - Dogs
Pets are a hazard - Cats
Don't go head over heels
Don't bite the dust
Dance like no-one is watching 
Set yourself up to stay independent at home

 

Presentations 

2017 Presentations: Theme - Moving Right to Stay Upright

April Falls Day - Moving Right to Stay Upright (Hospitals)
April Falls Month - Moving Right to Stay Upright (Community)

  

2016 Presentations: Theme - Share The care

April Falls Day - Share The Care (Hospitals)
April Falls Day - Share The Care (Community)

 

2015 Presentations: Theme - Don't let confusion cloud the risk of falls:

Health Professionals - Hospital Based
Health Professionals - Hospital Based (with Case Study)
Health Professionals - Community Based
Health Professionals - Residential Care

 

More Information 

April Falls Day:April Falls Day - Clinical Excellence Commission

NSW Falls Prevention Program -Clinical Excellence Commission

 

 

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