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April Falls Day
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It may be an amusing play on words but the state-wide April Falls Day (Thursday 1st April) and April Falls Month are serious business.

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

It may be an amusing play on words but the state-wide April Falls Day (Thursday 1st April) and April Falls Month are serious business. Their purpose is to promote falls prevention for all patients and assist older people to stay fall-free in the community.

Following a year that has encouraged people to physically isolate, this year’s theme is Safe Activity For Everybody, which encourages older Australians to get physically active and reconnect with their social networks and community while highlighting the importance of participating in these activities safely.

Below you can find printable campaign materials, including a 3×3 Healthy Ageing 30 Day Challenge, which is a key part of this year’s strategy to promote safe and healthy habits to staff, caregivers, and older Australians.

Each day, for the month of April, participants are encouraged to engage in physical and social activities and include three healthy meals. Every move counts. Step safely towards better health today.

Help keep patients safe and prevent falls by:

  • Identifying patients falls safety risks
  • Managing their risks appropriately
  • Involving patients, families and/or Carers
  • Communicating patient's fall safety risks to all staff involved in the patient's care.

Health staff can communicate patient fall safety risks at:

  • Safety Huddles
  • Clinical Handover
  • Intentional Rounding
  • Post Fall Huddles

April Falls Day® 2021 is an opportunity to promote fall prevention across hospitals, community setting or residential aged care facility.

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

 

Resources

2021 Posters:

 

General April Falls Posters

 

More Information

NSW Falls Prevention & Healthy Ageing Network -April Falls Day

NSW Falls Prevention & Healthy Ageing Network - Clinical Excellence Commission

Falls Prevention is everyones business