FallsStop – free seminar about falls reduction with Anne-Marie Hill

  • Event start: 3 Apr 2017 9:00am
  • Event end: 7 Apr 2017 4:00pm
  • Location: Dunedin, Wellington and Auckland

Essential HelpCare is kindly sponsoring this seminar series to allow free entry.

FallsStop is a free seminar about reducing falls in hospital and other care settings, designed for hospital falls champions, nursing management, and physiotherapy, gerontology and aged care representatives.


Attendees from across the health and disability sector are welcome.

To register go to: https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form?EQBCT=cfa0ae6e15ac4b548a566233e13d7abd or phone 0800 331 332.

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Four seminars will be held between 3 and 7 April 2017, in the following locations:

  • Dunedin, Monday 3 April – Southern DHB, Wakari Hospital, Board Room, Level 3, Main Block, 369 Taieri Road, Halfway Bush, Dunedin
  • Wellington, Tuesday 4 April – Nordmeyer Theatre, University of Otago, Wellington Hospital, 23A Mein Street, Wellington
  • Auckland, Thursday 6 April – Auckland DHB, Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Clinical Education Centre, Level 5, Auckland City Hospital, 2 Park Road, Auckland
  • Counties Manukau, Friday 7 April – Ko Awatea, Middlemore Hospital, 100 Hospital Road, Auckland.


9.00am Registration and refreshments
9.30am Opening by local MC
9.45am Health Quality & Safety Commission: update on national falls prevention work
10.15am Assoc Prof Anne-Marie Hill
12.15pm Lunch (and concurrent Anne-Marie Hill/physiotherapist discussion)
1.00pm Local presentation
1.30pm Whanganui DHB: Care with dignity workshop to help reduce harm from falls for those with cognitive impairment
3.30pm Close by Sandy Blake, Commission National Falls Lead and Director of Nursing, Patient Safety and Quality, Whanganui DHB


Associate Professor Anne-Marie Hill

Assoc Prof Anne-Marie Hill

Guest speaker Associate Professor Anne-Marie Hill will cover various topics including:

  • evidence-based outcomes in hospital falls prevention programmes
  • engaging patients in falls prevention
  • individualised approaches to patient education
  • overview of falls prevention research in Western Australia (WA).

Assoc Prof Hill will also run a physiotherapy-specific session during the lunch break. This is a professional gathering and an opportunity to have lunch and an informal discussion with a gerontological physiotherapist and ask about Anne-Marie’s work.

Assoc Prof Anne-Marie Hill (PhD) is a full time research academic in the School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science at Curtin University. She is an Australian Physiotherapy Association-titled gerontological physiotherapist, and holds educational qualifications.

She has combined her experience to focus on falls prevention for older people by leading falls prevention projects in community, residential care and post-hospital populations. She has strong links throughout WA and works closely with organisations and clinicians to assist in translating falls prevention evidence into practice in WA communities.

Assoc Prof Hill was awarded two WA Department of Health merit awards for her contribution to WA’s research capacity. She recently led a large eight-site cluster randomised trial in WA demonstrating that providing patient education significantly reduces injurious falls among older hospital patients. She is chief investigator A (CIA) of a project grant from the National Health and Medical Research Council to investigate preventing falls among older people in the six months after hospital discharge.

As CIA of an Australian government collaborative research network project, she has also investigated the provision of peer-led falls prevention education by trained older volunteers to older community dwelling adults.


Care with dignity workshop: reducing harm from falls for those with cognitive impairment

Care with dignity

The seminar includes presentations from local falls prevention leaders and members of Whanganui District Health Board’s (DHB) Care with dignity team, led by Colleen Hill, Clinical Nurse Manager Medical Ward and Wendy Stanbrook-Mason, Nurse Manager Medical Services. Care with dignity has been highly successful in reducing harm from in-hospital falls among patients with cognitive impairment.

Recent data suggests that 20-25% of patients aged 70-years and older who are admitted to an acute hospital setting have dementia1, with an increased rate of 47% in patients aged 90-years and older.2

Indications are that this number is underestimated due to a substantial number of patients with dementia who have not been diagnosed and recognised and, therefore, who have not been recorded by hospital staff.3

In New Zealand, people aged 85-years and over are twice as likely to have an Accident Compensation Corporation claim for a fall related injury. An individual with dementia is up to three times more likely to sustain a hip fracture than one who is cognitively intact.

Caring for those with cognitive impairment is an increasing care issue for many providers of health care. This two-hour interactive workshop will: 

  • discuss the impact of admissions of cognitively impaired individuals, including dementias, within an acute hospital setting
  • discuss strategies that reduce falls and other harm
  • discuss 'Care with Dignity – Kia tū rangatira ae, kia mana ae te tangata' – a model of care implemented within Whanganui District Health Board which focuses on the care and maintenance of dignity of individuals with cognitive impairment
  • address the tension regarding specialing of patients with cognitive impairment
  • share real patient and family stories
  • share staff stories.

1. Draper et al., 2011; Travers, Byrne, Pachana, Klein, & Gray, 2013
2. Travers, Gray, et al., 2013
3. Cummings et al.,2011; Draper et al.,2011

Last updated 20/02/2017