About Stay On Your Feet WA®
Stay On Your Feet WA® aims to promote healthy, active ageing in Western Australia (WA) to reduce falls and fall-related injuries among seniors. The program aims to achieve this by raising awareness that falls are preventable and not a consequence of ageing.
Key areas of our program include:
- sharing helpful tips and strategies to avoid falling. This involves:
- highlighting the nine steps to Stay On Your Feet®
- resource development
- events such as Stay On Your Feet® Week and April No Falls Day
- developing partnerships to encourage falls prevention initiatives across all sectors and settings including hospitals, residential aged care facilities and the community
- delivering training and professional development for individuals who work with older people
- investigating falls risk factors and risk reduction strategies
- Refer to the 2012 Cochrane Review - Interventions for preventing falls in older people living in the community (external site) for more information
- providing free community presentations through a peer volunteer program (external site).
The program began in WA around 1996 in the South West region following on from the successful New South Wales program. In 1998, the Department of Health Injury Prevention Branch officially adopted the Stay On Your Feet WA® model.
Many groups, agencies and individuals have contributed to the program over the years, including the Injury Control Council of WA (external site), contracted as a key service provider since 2001.
The Stay On Your Feet® program has been recognised nationally and world-wide with requests being received from government, non-government and private agencies to use the program to help develop area specific literature and programs.
The map below shows where the Stay On Your Feet® brand or resources are currently being used.
Stay On Your Feet® and Stay On Your Feet WA® are registered trademarks of the Department of Health WA and thus permission is required to use these terms and the logo.
A style guide (PDF 208KB) has been developed in order to maintain the integrity of the brand in terms of relevant and consistent messaging and visual identity across all communication material. All requests to use the logo and word mark Stay On Your Feet® and Stay On Your Feet WA® registered trademarks are received and processed by the Falls Prevention Health Network. The use of the trademarks by external organisations with permission to use the brand should not be taken as a recommendation and/or approval of the organisation, their products or their services by the WA Department of Health.
If you would like further information, or to seek permission contact the Falls Prevention Health Network at firstname.lastname@example.org or (08) 9222 0200.
The key messages of the Stay On Your Feet® program are included in the nine steps to Stay On Your Feet®.
Significance of the problem in Western Australia
WA in relation to other Australia states
According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare’s Hospitalisations due to falls in older people, Australia 2008-09 (external site) Western Australia had:
- a stable rate of hospitalisation due to fall injuries where the trend across Australia is of increasing hospitalisation
- a trend of reducing hip fracture rate, however increasing rates of other fractures and fall related head injuries.
From 2000 to 2007 in WA, falls:
- ranked fourth as a cause of community injury death and second as a cause of community injury hospitalisation.
- ranked seventh as a cause of premature death
- ranked fourth as a cause of injury burden.
- were the leading contributor to the cost of community injuries.
- accounted for 613 deaths
- accounted for 90,653 hospitalisations (between 2000 and 2008).
- Aboriginal people were 3.6 times more likely to die and 1.9 times more likely to be hospitalised due to fall injuries than non-Aboriginal people.
- The average number of fall hospitalisations was 498 cases per year for Aboriginal people and 9,575 cases per year for non-Aboriginal people.
- The most common diagnosis for hospitalisations due to falls was injuries to the head for males (24.4%) and injuries to the elbow and forearm for females (21.1%).
- The proportion of females diagnosed with a hip and thigh injury was almost double that of males, while the reverse was true for injuries to the wrist and hand and injuries to the neck.
- The most common place of occurrence reported for hospitalised cases was the home.
Length of stay and costs of hospitalisations
- Between 2000 and 2008, falls accounted for a total of 585,532 hospital bed-days
- The total cost of hospitalisations due to falls was $617.8 million which corresponds to an annual average of $68.6 million.
- Reference: Ballestas T, Xiao J, McEvoy S and Somerford P (2011). The Epidemiology of Injury in Western Australia, 2000-2008. Perth: Department of Health WA. (external site, PDF 1.30MB)
- Reference: Hendrie D. Hall SE, Legge M and Arena G. (2003). Injury in Western Australia: the health system costs of falls in older adults in WA. Perth, Western Australia: Western Australian Government. (external site, PDF 600KB)