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.

A collaboration between Monash Partners Academic Health Science Centre, Melbourne Academic Centre for Health (MACH), and Western Alliance Academic Health Science Centre connects an extensive network of clinicians, researchers, managers, consumers and policy makers.

An inaugural falls prevention workshop held in March 2021 attracted almost 300 participants across Victoria. The workshop presented the latest research in hospital-based falls prevention and provided an opportunity for discussion around challenges and opportunities to work collaboratively to prevent falls in Victorian hospitals.

Seminar key messages:

  • The need to assess patient’s needs in relation to falls prevention interventions at an individual level.
  • There is research available about how to prevent falls but we need to translate the evidence into practice by working together. Consider the UK NICE guideline and pathway.
  • Tailoring our approaches to individual context and using co-production as a means to work in partnership with clinical providers and researchers.
  • Many falls prevention activates have weak or little evidence of effectiveness. It may be better to focus on disinvestment of some activities and consider stronger evidence-based interventions such as structured patient education.
  • Falls prevention when a person has dementia requires thinking outside the box, and consideration of innovative methods.

We are planning further events and webinars as well as a proposal for a falls prevention clinical network in response to overwhelming support from workshop participants.

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