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For hospitals and residential aged care facilities
Nationally, falls are among the most serious preventable injury problems facing older Australians today. Falls related injury is one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality in older Australians. Australia's ageing population makes falls a significant issue, with an estimated 15% of the Australian population aged over 65 years by 2014.
Facts on falls and hospitalisation
Facts on falls in residential aged care facilities
Queensland Health falls injury prevention program
Queensland Health's Falls Injury Prevention Program for hospitals and residential aged care facilities is coordinated through the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Service and is headed by a Statewide Program Coordinator. Queensland Health's Falls Injury Prevention Program works with Health Service Districts, Patient Safety Officers, health professionals (including GPs and occupational therapists) and the community to reduce falls and harm from falls. The Program is based on strategies in the national falls prevention guidelines and Queensland Stay On Your Feet® resources.
Program priorities include:
- Facilitating a clinician-led Falls Injury Prevention Collaborative (FIPC) that works towards achieving annual targets related to the implementation of evidence-based initiatives in falls prevention across the health continuum (hospital, residential aged care and community)
- Establishing formal partnerships between the Queensland Health Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Service, Centre for Health Care Improvement and external stakeholders to further strengthen a collaborative approach to reducing falls injury risk among older people in Queensland
- Implementing the 2009 national falls prevention guidelines developed by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare
- Developing and delivering the Falls Injury Prevention Health Services Plan throughout Queensland.
How Queensland Stay On Your Feet® can help
Queensland Stay On Your Feet® offers support and resources to help local hospitals, residential aged care facilities and community care develop policies and procedures to cater for their patient's needs across the health continuum.
For more information, contact the Clinical Excellence Division.