No other single cause of injury, including road trauma, costs the health system more than falls. In NSW each year, falls lead to approximately 27,000 hospitalisations and more than 400 deaths. More than one in three people aged 65 or over fall at least once a year and many fall more often. Falls are even more common among residents of aged care facilities and the number of falls-related incidents in hospital are high.
There has been extensive research demonstrating that many falls among older people can be prevented.
The Falls Prevention Program aims to reduce the incidence and severity of falls among older people and reduce the social, psychological and economic impact of falls on individuals, families and the community. It provides Statewide leadership, co-ordination and collaboration and provides resources and support for the implementation of local health districts and networks falls prevention plans.
We are realigning our work in fall prevention to the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards Standard 5: Comprehensive Care and developing resources to support the requirements to minimise falls and patient harm
NSW Falls Prevention Network
The CEC also provides leadership for the NSW Falls Prevention Network, in order to disseminate and promote research, share falls prevention knowledge, expertise and resources through forums and meetings. The Falls Prevention Network website includes a number of resources for those working in the hospital, community and residential aged care sectors.
The Program works in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, the Agency for Clinical Innovation, Ambulance NSW and local health districts to promote a comprehensive, systemic approach to falls prevention and to reducing fall injury within NSW.