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

June 20, 2018

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.

“We’re pleased to be working with Injury Matters to help prevent injuries such as falls in the local community. We want to be able to keep our residents living healthy, happy lives in the Town of East Fremantle,” says Town of East Fremantle Mayor, Jim O’Neill.

The project will include a range of coordinated community activities aimed to raise awareness of the issue of falls and what can be done to prevent them.

This will include local displays, community presentations, promoting falls prevention at community events and showcasing local activities available to residents which will help to keep them on their feet.

In addition to these activities, a more intensive eight week ‘Stepping On’ program will be offered to Town of East Fremantle residents.

Stepping On is an engaging and friendly group program to build knowledge, strength and confidence to remain independent at home. Expressions of interest to participate in the program will open in July.

Falls are a major public health issue with 1 in 3 Australians over 65 years having a fall every year. It is a common misconception that falls are a normal part of ageing, however this is not the case.

There are many things older adults can do to keep active and alert to prevent slips, trips and falls, which are promoted through the Stay On Your Feet® program provided by Injury Matters.

Injury Matters has been the service provider for the WA Department of Health’s Stay On Your Feet® program since 2001.

To find out more or order a copy of the free Stay on Your Feet® resources, go to www.stayonyourfeet.com.au or call 1300 30 35 40.