The Theme for April Falls Day® 2017 is Mobility and Falls Prevention – Moving right to stay upright.

Poor balance and strength will affect a person’s mobility and put them at an increased risk of a fall. In hospital a person’s mobility may be reduced due to the effects of medications (including anaesthetics), acute events and illnesses (e.g. stroke, hip fracture, infection), cognitive impairment and/or delirium. Balance and mobility may further deteriorate during a hospital stay if a person is less active.

There is good evidence that balance and strength exercises can reduce a person’s risk of falling. To find a local exercise program that includes balance and strength exercises (such as Stepping On or Tai Chi) visit the Active and Healthy website www.activeandhealthy.nsw.gov.au

April Falls Day® 2017 is an opportunity to promote moving right to stay upright across your hospital, community setting or residential aged care facility.

2017 Resources

Please Note: April Falls Day® is a registered trademark. Please contact the Clinical Excellence Commission at cec-falls@health.nsw.gov.au if you would like permission to use this trademark outside of New South Wales, Australia.

View the 2016 April Falls Resources