Falls Prevention is Everyone's Business

A range of other falls prevention resources and links to falls prevention information:​

 


Hospital Falls Prevention Posters

These posters have been developed by the NSLHD Nursing & Midwifery Directorate (with support from Health Promotion) to help patients, carers and visitors be more aware of preventing falls.

Call Don't Fall

Slow Down Calm Down

Don't Fall

Please Don't hug The Floor

Don't Worry, Don't Hurry

 

 

Falls Prevention: Get Everyone Involved!

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Healthy Eating to Staying Strong

A healthy diet and regular weight bearing or resistance exercise can help to build and maintain strong bones and muscles. Muscles are important for daily activities such as walking and even getting out of a chair!

Find out if your diet is helping you to stay strong:

Healthy Eating to Stay Strong Fact Sheet

Nutrition and Hydration (video on YouTube)

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Take Steps to Prevent a FallTake Steps to Prevent a Fall

Fall related injuries account for a rising number of presentations to hospital emergency departments. Ladder SafetyMany people are admitted due to a severe fall-related injury where they fall from a height of less than 3 metres.

Many simple jobs people do around the home put them in that fall risk height of 3 metres. That's when chairs and ladders are used to clean windows, prune trees, clean roof gutters, change light globes and other lower home maintenance jobs.

 

In 2017, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare released a report on D.I.Y.  Results showed that in 2013-14, men aged 65+ were the most commonly hospitalised group due to al least one type of D.I.Y. injuries. For more information visit DIY Injuries at AIHW.

Brochures

Take Steps to Prevent a Fall: Doing Jobs Safely Around the home
Ladder Safety: A Step by Step Guide (Careflight)

Falls Stories

Robert, Chris and Les attempted some simple jobs around home.
Find out what happened next:

Robert's Story
I was preparing to do some painting on my roof, as well as inspecting my guttering... I felt the ladder go and the next thing I woke up and found an Ambulance man leaning over me... ​

Les' Story
I was painting the woodwork and finials on the roof of the house...I felt the ladder move slightly... I grabbed hold of the guttering to slow my slide down... I kept on going and the ladder went onto the ground. ​

Chris' Story
I was just finishing off painting a room at home and I just noticed I missed one little bit. I quickly grabbed the paint tin and went up... I just got up there and the ladder collapsed underneath me. ​

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Staing Active and on your FeetStaying Active and On your Feet 

The Staying Active and on your Feet guide is a falls prevention resource that provides information and ideas on ways to reduce your risk of falling.

Download a copy:
 Staying Active and on your Feet

 

 

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Falls Prevention Fact Sheets

The NSW Multicultural Health Communication Service provides a range of falls prevention fact sheets. Many have been developed by Northern Sydney and Central Coast Local Health Districts as part of a local Stay On Your Feet Campaign.

The fact sheets cover a wide range of falls prevention topics such as physical activity, home safety, safer shoes and balance.

Fact sheets are also available in many community languages such as Chinese, Korean, Farsi, Italian and more.

Visit falls prevention at the Multicultural Health Communication Service:

MHCS: Falls Prevention Resources.

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Falls Prevention Information

for Patients and Consumers

The Clinical Excellence Commission (NSW Health) has information for patients and consumers for download.

Topics include:

  • Falls Prevention - In hospital
  • Eyesight
  • Medications
  • Foot care and safe footwear
  • Bone health
  • Healthy eating​
  • Strength and balance exercises
  • Home safety
  • In Public Places
  • Home exercises
  • How to get up if you have a fall
  • How to fall-proof your home ​

Download copies from:
www.cec.health.nsw.gov.au
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Active & Healthy

Staying physically active is the single most important thing we can do to stay fit and independent as we get older. Physical activity is good for our bodies and our minds. It also helps us to remain independent and to get the most out of life.

The NSW Health Active & Healthy website can help older adults identify a list of registered Exercise Programs in their area that have specific exercises to improve balance and strength.

www.activeandhealthy.nsw.gov.au 

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Community Service Providers 

- Falls Prevention Orientation

This presentation, prepared by the NSLHD Falls Prevention Policy Officer, can be used by community service providers who work with older people in the community. It covers facts on falls, risk factors and ways to prevent falls. The falls prevention resources available from Northern Sydney Local Health District are also presented.

Community Falls Prevention - Orientation

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