What’s coming up for April Falls?

9 Feb 2016 | Reducing Harm from Falls

It won’t be long until this annual month-long event is upon us, and we have lots planned, as will many of you. This year’s national theme will embrace ‘prevention right through to review and learning from falls events’.

We encourage health professionals to engage with consumers and family/whānau early in all settings – in the hospital, the community and in aged residential care facilities – and support the view that falls prevention is everyone’s business.

We hear through the falls network, that regional themes have been identified and that local and regional connections across sectors are continuing to strengthen year on year, as we all work on better integrating our falls and fracture work.

In this, our fourth year of April Falls, we’ll be offering health providers a range of resources which can be ordered online (more on this in our next newsletter). We will also provide a New Zealand adaptation of the Releasing Time to Care falls prevention training module, particularly relevant to the hospital environment, the Stay independent falls prevention toolkit for clinicians for use in primary care and community settings, and a quality improvement toolkit for use in aged residential care. This will be supplemented with a refreshed human factors framework, to help with the review, analysis and learning from falls events so that health professionals can look at reducing risks and harm from falls.

We’ll also be holding a number of webinars later in the month of April, with international and local experts providing a fresh perspective on falls.

Watch this space for more information.

Last updated 09/02/2016