Don’t Fall on Your Date, Mate! Get Moving to Prevent Falls

Injury Matters has launched the Stay On Your Feet® Move Your Body Campaign with a community event held in East Fremantle yesterday, supported by, the City of Fremantle, the City of Melville, COTA WA, Melville Cares, and the Stroke Foundation. The crowd enjoyed an informative event, learning how to prevent falls while trying Tai Chi, Chair Yoga and Active Light exercises.

The Move Your Body campaign urges older adults to prevent falls by building their balance and strengthening their legs through fun, regular physical activity. Falls are the leading cause of injury for people aged over 65 in WA, with 1 in 3 adults over 65 having a fall each year.1,2  

In 2018, there were 27,327 falls-related hospitalisations in WA which consumed 172,099 bed days at an approximate cost of $244,845,273.3

Injury Matters Injury Prevention Manager, Rachel Meade said, “A quarter of falls among older adults involve poor balance and changes in walking style,”

“Strong legs are needed to safely climb stairs, help you out of a chair or remain up-right if you get knocked off balance. Good balance is essential for everyday activities such as walking or putting your shoes on,” she said.

“You’re never too old or too young to start. Older adults can maintain and even regain leg strength, balance and mobility by staying active and preforming simple exercises that can be done in your own home,” she said.

The three-month Move Your Body campaign is activated through a range of events taking place across WA. Stay On Your Feet® offers information and resources providing simple, practical tips to get active. Find out more about the Stay On Your Feet® program and how to prevent falls at www.stayonyourfeet.com.au or contact 1300 30 35 40.

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For further information, interview, and photo opportunities, contact Ashleigh Kostecki, Communications and Marketing Coordinator, on 6166 7688 or [email protected]

References

  1. Chronic Disease Prevention Directorate. Western Australian Health Promotion Strategic Framework 2017 – 2021. (2017). 
  2. Bradley, C., Australian Institute of Health and Welfare & Flinders University. Trends in hospitalisations due to falls by older people, Australia: 1999-00 to 2010-11. (2013). 
  3. Injury Matters: Sweeney, R., Meade, R. and Visser, M. (2020). 2020 Western Australian Falls Report. Perth, Western Australia: Injury Matters. 

REPORT SHOWS IMPACT OF FALLS IN THE WHEATBELT

MEDIA RELEASE

Injury Matters, in partnership with the WA Department of Health, released the 2020 Western Australian Falls Report. The Report highlights the significant incidence of falls-related fatalities, hospitalisations, and emergency department attendances in the state.

The Report shows that the Wheatbelt region experienced one of the highest rates of falls-related hospitalisations in the state, with a staggering 1,024 hospitalisations in 2017.

Falls are a significant public health issue affecting families and the health care system, with falls ranking as the leading cause of injury hospitalisations and emergency department attendances in WA. The Report shows someone died every 26 hours in WA due to a falls-related injury in 2017; while older adults and those in regional WA remain overrepresented in falls injury statistics.

Last year, Injury Matters partnered with the Shire of Bruce Rock to address the issue of falls in the Wheatbelt town’s ageing population. Engaging with Injury Matters’ Stay On Your Feet® program, the Shire accessed a community grant to deliver the Building Stronger Seniors program. Prior to the implementation of the program, local residents did not have access to a preventative focused exercise program, only local care services due to location.

Significant improvements were recorded in all participants of the program, particularly regarding their stability and strength. Participants reported that they enjoyed the program, no longer required aids to perform certain exercises, had more confidence completing activities of daily living and benefited from the social networking.

Injury Matters Chief Executive, Sandy Lukjanowski said, “This Report demonstrates that falls continue to have large impact on the WA community. Behind every number in this Report are real people who have had their lives impacted by a fall.”

“Through Local Governments like the Shire of Bruce Rock engaging with falls prevention activities, we can help older adults to continue to live healthy, long lives, uninterrupted by falls injuries.”

Read the Report here: https://injurymatters.org.au/2020-wa-falls-report

Find out more about the Stay On Your Feet® program at www.stayonyourfeet.com.au 

2020 Western Australian Falls Report key findings, in Western Australia:

  • Every 26 hours someone died due to a falls-related injury in 2017.
  • Every 19 minutes someone was admitted to hospital due to a falls-related injury in 2018.
  • Every 12 minutes someone presented to the emergency department due to a falls-related injury in 2018.
  • 329 falls-related fatalities in 2017.
  • 27,327 falls-related hospitalisations in 2018.
  • Individuals aged 80 years and over experience the highest rate of falls-related injuries.
  • Females experienced a higher rate of falls-related hospitalisations and emergency department attendances in 2018.
  • 42,384 falls-related emergency department presentations in 2018.
  • $215.2 million was paid in lost-time compensation claims in 2018 due to a workplace falls.

The Report shows that the Wheatbelt region experienced one of the highest rates of falls-related hospitalisations in the state, with a staggering 1,024 hospitalisations in 2017.

Falls are a significant public health issue affecting families and the health care system, with falls ranking as the leading cause of injury hospitalisations and emergency department attendances in WA. The Report shows someone died every 26 hours in WA due to a falls-related injury in 2017; while older adults and those in regional WA remain overrepresented in falls injury statistics.

Last year, Injury Matters partnered with the Shire of Bruce Rock to address the issue of falls in the Wheatbelt town’s ageing population. Engaging with Injury Matters’ Stay On Your Feet® program, the Shire accessed a community grant to deliver the Building Stronger Seniors program. Prior to the implementation of the program, local residents did not have access to a preventative focused exercise program, only local care services due to location.

Significant improvements were recorded in all participants of the program, particularly regarding their stability and strength. Participants reported that they enjoyed the program, no longer required aids to perform certain exercises, had more confidence completing activities of daily living and benefited from the social networking.

Injury Matters Injury Prevention Manager, Sandy Lukjanowski said, “This Report demonstrates that falls continue to have large impact on the WA community. Behind every number in this Report are real people who have had their lives impacted by a fall.”

“Through Local Governments like the Shire of Bruce Rock engaging with falls prevention activities, we can help older adults to continue to live healthy, long lives, uninterrupted by falls injuries.”

Read the Report here: https://injurymatters.org.au/2020-wa-falls-report

Find out more about the Stay On Your Feet® program at www.stayonyourfeet.com.au 

2020 Western Australian Falls Report key findings, in Western Australia:

  • Every 26 hours someone died due to a falls-related injury in 2017.
  • Every 19 minutes someone was admitted to hospital due to a falls-related injury in 2018.
  • Every 12 minutes someone presented to the emergency department due to a falls-related injury in 2018.
  • 329 falls-related fatalities in 2017.
  • 27,327 falls-related hospitalisations in 2018.
  • Individuals aged 80 years and over experience the highest rate of falls-related injuries.
  • Females experienced a higher rate of falls-related hospitalisations and emergency department attendances in 2018.
  • 42,384 falls-related emergency department presentations in 2018.
  • $215.2 million was paid in lost-time compensation claims in 2018 due to a workplace falls.

2019 Western Australian Falls Report

Injury Matters has launched the 2019 Western Australian Falls Report. It is the first of its kind in WA, highlighting the incidence of falls-related fatalities, hospitalisations, and emergency department attendances in the state.

Falls are a significant public health issue affecting Western Australian families and the economy, with falls ranking as the leading cause of injury fatalities and injury hospitalisations in WA.

This report is a vital step in understanding the incidence of falls in Western Australia and implementing effective falls prevention policy and initiatives. Injury Matters developed the report with funding from the Western Australian Department of Health.

Read the 2019 Western Australian Falls Report below.

2019 WA Falls Report Cover Page

 

 

Move Your Body Campaign Launch

Last week, we launched the newest Stay On Your Feet® Move Your Body campaign at Melville LeisureFit on the 4th of September at 2pm.

Last week, we launched the newest Stay On Your Feet® Move Your Body campaign at Melville LeisureFit on the 4th of September at 2pm.

Community members enjoyed a Tai Chi and Active Light exercise class before a light afternoon tea, while learning the importance of staying active at every stage of life, especially as we age.

It was a great day connecting with the community and providing all in attendance the opportunity to find or reconnect with a passion for moving their bodies. See some images from the day below!

It’s never too late to start moving your body, to find out more about the campaign, visit the Stay On Your Feet® website.

Move Your Body grants now open

Expressions of interest now open for the Stay On Your Feet® Move Improve Remove grants, , available in amounts up to $5000, will fund projects running between 1 September and 30 November 2019.

Expressions of interest now open for the Stay On Your Feet® Move Improve Remove grants. The grants, available in amounts up to $5000, will fund projects running between 1 September and 30 November 2019. The campaigns key messages and calls to action focus on the importance of improving older adults balance and leg strength to prevent falls by finding enjoyable activities that allow for ongoing improvement.

Grants are open to community groups and not-for-profit organisations, health professionals, community workers and fitness professionals working with older adults, retirement and lifestyle villages, local government and population health units. Hospitals, residential care facilities and applicants without an ABN are not eligible.

Click here to download the Move Your Body grant application form or visit https://www.stayonyourfeet.com.au/health-professionals/campaigns/grants/ to find out more.

Strengthen Your Legs Launch in Geraldton

Our Strengthen Your Legs Campaign was launched with an event at the Queen Elizabeth II (QEII) Centre in Geraldton on Wednesday 5 September 2018. Over 100 people attended the launch event, including 82 community members and a range of local health and fitness professionals.

The day started with an introduction to the Strengthen Your Legs campaign by Injury Matters Injury Prevention Manager Rachel Meade, the first public viewing of the Strengthen Your Legs with Julie animation, a talk about the importance of leg strength by Dr Elissa Burton and a personal testimonial by local community member and Balance Gym volunteer Molly Thompson.

After this, the participants got moving with an exercise class run by Liam Kessel from the WA Centre for Rural Health, a range of ‘Have A Go’ activities led by Seniors Recreation Council volunteers and a Tai Chi demonstration by the Taoist Tai Chi Association after lunch.

The day was a great success with lots of positive feedback from those who attended, who said the event was both informative and fun.

‘I would like to provide some positive feedback on the wonderful job the ladies did organising the Geraldton event. They were highly organised, friendly and welcoming to participants and I have received many positive comments from senior attendees on how enjoyable and informative the day was. We had a great turnout and would love to hold the session again in the near future’– QEII Seniors Programming Officer

The Stay On Your Feet® Program: Year in Review

We would like to thank all those that participated in Stay On Your Feet® in 2017-2018! In the 17th year of the Stay On Your Feet® program Injury Matters continued to deliver falls prevention activities and expanded the program to reach more communities and regions in Western Australia (WA). Continue reading “The Stay On Your Feet® Program: Year in Review”

We’re partnering with the Town of East Fremantle to help residents stay on their feet

The Town of East Fremantle and Injury Matters are joining forces for a six month project to help combat falls amongst older adults living in the local government area. Falls are the leading cause of injury in the Town of East Fremantle, accounting for 463 hospitalisations and 7 fatalities between 2012 and 2016.

Continue reading “We’re partnering with the Town of East Fremantle to help residents stay on their feet”

Make Your Home Safer with Frank and Tiddles animation

Injury Matters is excited to launch our latest resource as part of the Stay On Your Feet®  Make Your Home Safer campaign – a short animation called Make Your Home Safer with Frank and Tiddles. The engaging animation is aimed at older adults living independently in the community and highlights simple, low cost ways to make your home safer to prevent falls, with a fun and humorous twist through the character Frank and his cat Tiddles.

Visit  www.stayonyourfeet.com.au/video to watch or contact us for a copy to play in your waiting room.

Make Your Home Safer Campaign Launch

On Thursday 1 February 2018 Injury Matters’ Stay On Your Feet® program launched the Make Your Home Safer Campaign in Halls Head.  Make Your Home Safer looks at the importance of making simple and often low cost changes both inside and outside of the house to help prevent slips, trips and falls. With around half of all falls happening in and around the home, it is important for older adults to make their homes safer.

The campaign aims to raise awareness of the importance of removing hazards around the home as a strategy to reduce falls among older adults and encourage confidence in independent living. For health and community workers helping older adults to stay healthy and independent for longer, the campaign offers information and services which describe simple and low cost changes to an older person’s environment.

The campaign is suitable for older adults who are already independent and wish to stay in their homes, and older adults who may be less independent than they previously were and can benefit from making changes to regain their independence.

The Make Your Home Safer campaign toolkit is a one stop shop for getting involved in the campaign and includes:

  • How to host and promote your own Make Your Home Safer event
  • The Make Your Home Safer Educator Guide, a guide to help you run a session for older adults
  • The campaigns key messages and calls to action
  • How to share our new animation, Make Your Home Safer with Frank and Tiddles
  • Free brochures and booklets
  • Tips to connect on social media, including ready to use posts and images
  • How to invite Stay On Your Feet® to attend your event.

Click here to download the toolkit.