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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 (2 April) and April Falls Month are serious business. These events are part of an annual campaign to raise awareness about the impact of falls and to promote the latest best practice falls prevention strategies. 


Did you know?

  • 37% of injury-related deaths are caused by falls
  • 30% of 65's fall each year
  • 23% reduction in falls with regular exercise

Better Balance for Fall Prevention

The overall 'Better Balance for Fall Prevention' campaign goal is to promote increasing physical activity for fall prevention, and improvement of life and social balance for better mental health. 


It’s well known that poor balance and strength will affect a person’s mobility and put them at an increased risk of a fall. So by improving balance and strength, people can reduce their risk of falling and suffering a fall-related injury. Research has shown that exercise of any type has been shown to reduce the risk of falling by 23%.


For optimal physical and mental health, it is recommended that all adults (regardless of age, health, or ability) do 30-60min of physical activity most days. To prevent falls and maintain independence this should include exercise or activities that improve strength and balance. By promoting appropriate physical activity, and social programs to meet everyone’s needs and interests, we can all benefit.  It’s never too late to get active and every bit of activity helps!​


April Falls Month® is an opportunity to promote 'better balance for fall prevention' across your hospital, community setting or residential aged care facility. Use the following resources to get the message out during April Falls Month activities.​

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Use the April Falls Month graphics in your email signature and as your background during online meetings to promote awareness of the campaign:

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​​Help older adults get active

Targeted strength and balance exercises, at any age, can help reduce the risk of falls. Refer to, or join, a local program:
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    Free NSW Health falls prevention program. Participants learn how to reduce their risk of falling and how to maintain their independence. Includes gentle group exercise to improve balance.

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    A range of physical activity opportunities can be found by postcode on NSW Health's Active and Healthy website. The site also has falls prevention information available.

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