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Falls prevention in older adults

CPD Hours



Aged care
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Community and primary health care


Falls can result in serious injury and represent a significant risk to older people. They cause more injury-related deaths in Australia than motor vehicle accident related deaths.

Falls prevention is a specific criteria under the NCQHS standards (second edition, Standard 5: Comprehensive care standard, action areas 5.24, 5.25 and 5.26

This course is also consistent with the criteria for The Aged Care Quality Standards,

Standard 2: Ongoing assessment and planning with consumers;

Standard 3: Personal care and clinical care;

Standard 7: Human resources;

Standard 8: Organisational governance.

This course provides an overview of best practice falls prevention strategies based on best available evidence. It uses clinical scenarios to guide participants through all aspects of falls prevention in community, residential aged care, and hospital settings. It outlines interventions that may assist to minimise injuries when falls occur.

This course may be used by all participants as evidence of relevant, person-centred training in falls prevention strategies.

Learning Objective

At the end of this module participants will be able to:

  • Identify and describe best practice falls prevention strategies including standard falls prevention measures and person-centred falls prevention strategies for individuals at risk.
  • Outline the four steps to person-centred falls prevention including nursing judgement, falls risk screening, falls risk assessment, and person-centred falls prevention plans.
  • Understand the value of nursing judgement when identifying individuals at risk of a fall.

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