Falls Network

Reducing the incidence and impact of falls in hospital settings

Falls are a leading cause of preventable harm and suffering across community, hospital and residential aged-care settings.

As part of our collaboration with Melbourne Academic Centre for Health (MACH) and Monash Partners Academic Health Science Centre, Western Alliance has been involved in establishing the Victorian Falls Prevention Alliance.

The purpose of the Falls Prevention Alliance is to work collaboratively to reduce falls and falls injuries in hospitals. This work is overseen by a committee made up of researchers, clinicians and consumers.

Falls are a leading cause of harm across the continuum of care. Falls are particularly challenging in the hospital setting where they are the most frequent clinical risk in patient care. To date, there is a variable evidence base supporting commonly used strategies to prevent falls. There is also variability between health services as to what strategies are utilised for the prevention of falls.

The World guidelines for falls prevention and management for older adults (see publication) were released in September 2022. The Falls Prevention Alliance will play an instrumental role working with Victorian health services on the implementation of these guidelines.

To find out more about this initiative please contact Drew Aras: drew.aras@westernalliance.org.au

To sign up for the Victorian Falls Prevention Alliance newsletter, email info@monashpartners.org.au