REPORT SHOWS IMPACT OF FALLS IN THE WHEATBELT

October 30, 2020

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.