- Aged over 70 years.
- Recurrent falls or at high risk of falls.
- Living in either your own home or independent living units.
GP to fax referral to (02) 9979 7876. The referral must include details of past medical history and current medications.
Phone enquiries regarding available appointments are managed by the admin assistant who can be contacted via (02) 9998 6111
Phone (02) 9998 6111 and request to speak to a BRACE clinician to discuss urgent referrals
What happens at the Falls Clinic
The Doctor will take a history and examine the patient in relation to falls risk factors such as vision, strength, balance and medications. Please bring any scans, reports or specialist letters with you for the doctor to review. Following the assessment the doctor will send a letter to the patient's GP with recommendations for reducing falls risk factors.
The Physiotherapist will complete a mobility assessment and screen for falls risk factors such as poor balance, mobility, transfers and footwear. Education will be provided to the patient with regard to reducing identified risk factors and options regarding exercise will be discussed, for example, hospital or community falls prevention exercise groups. A home exercise program to improve balance & leg strength will be provided where appropriate.
The Occupational Therapist (OT) will call the patient prior to the appointment to discuss their home situation and determine the need for any aids or adaptations. Following this discussion, a home visit will be scheduled and a home safety assessment completed.
The Falls Prevention Clinic is part of the Beaches RAPID ACCESS Care of the Elderly (BRACE) Team.