Falls prevention initiatives

Project sharing

Health professionals across WA are accomplishing many falls management initiatives and projects.

Looking at all aspects of falls management, these assist in the delivery of improved, optimal care for patients, consumers, their families and carers.

There is no central repository for these projects to share with other health professionals. This leads to a lack of awareness of successful projects that yield evidenced based material, results and strategies.

The Falls Prevention Health Network (external site) and the Falls Prevention Community of Practice aim to correct this by building a platform that promotes the open sharing of information, initiatives, and projects in falls management across health in WA.

Benefits of this can include:

  • minimising the need to repeat work that is being, or has been, completed
  • collaboration between health professionals and health facilities/communities on projects and initiatives
  • the ability to share information of unsuccessful results, successes, and improvements
  • requests for assistance with a project or for further information
  • networking and bringing together health professionals that are interested and passionate about all aspects of falls management.
Table: Falls projects

Name of project

Summary of
project aim

Contact details Organisations/groups involved
Patient Care Assistants (PCAs) knowledge about falls prevention in hospital wards – an exploratory survey To discover what PCAs – who look after high falls risk patients – know about falls management. Then develop material/processes to address any gaps in knowledge.
  • Su Kitchen
    Clinical Practice Improvement/Clinical Nurse Specialist Falls Management
    Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital
    9346 3914
Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital
Royal Perth Hospital
Fremantle Hospital and Health Service
Bentley Health Service
University of Notre Dame
Community Falls Specialists
WA Safety and Quality Point Prevalence Survey A statewide survey of all patients within WA Health hospitals to examine patient safety processes and outcomes in 6 areas including falls. All WA public metropolitan hospitals and some regional hospitals

Development of a MultiLingual Falls Prevention Consumer Literature Package

To provide falls education literature in other languages to ensure culturally and linguistically diverse patients are included in falls prevention education Armadale Health Service
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