Queensland Stay On Your Feet® Toolkit - Falls prevention in action
The following case studies provide real life examples of falls prevention and healthy active ageing in local communities. These are based on the experiences of ambassadors, local councils, government departments and community groups.
Queensland Stay on Your Feet Wide Bay/Burnett trial project case studies
The following case studies are examples of the work that occurred during the Queensland Stay on Your Feet Wide Bay/Burnett trial project.
|Kolan Shire Council community exercise program||Kolan Shire Council identified low cost unstructured exercise as a response to address an ageing population, low socioeconomic issues and poor health.|
|North Burnett sports tours||
As a result of the Queensland Stay on Your Feet Wide Bay/Burnett trial project, Sport and Recreation Queensland expanded the local North Burnett sports tour (originally just for children) to include activities for all ages. Read case studies by two Sport and Recreation Queensland advisors:
|Hervey Bay City Council ambassador||A Seniors in Focus project officer from the Hervey Bay City Council became a Queensland Stay on Your Feet ambassador in Hervey Bay. She became involved in the trial project due to her concern about the number of falls and view that early intervention and awareness raising was important.|
|Hervey Bay fitness programs||A fitness leader in Hervey Bay delivered physical activity programs for people aged over 50 years. After identifying a need to expand what was on offer to people in the community, the fitness leader arranged extra training and community skill building sessions.|
|Mt Perry ambassador||The Queensland Stay on Your Feet ambassador for Mt Perry was awarded an Australia Day award for her tireless effort in supporting Queensland Stay on Your Feet in the local community. Her efforts included setting up the Just Walk It program in her community, sharing information and awareness resources, holding displays, talking to groups of people and establishing links with her local school.|
|Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander HACC Coordinator and ambassador||The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander HACC Coordinator and ambassador described being involved in the Queensland Stay on Your Feet Wide Bay/Burnett trial project as a life changing experience.|
Townsville Thuringowa Safe Communities case study
The following case study describes how the Townsville Thuringowa Safe Communities Senior Safety Working Group conducted safety audits in order to reduce the risk of injury in public places.
In October 2007, the Townsville City Council, City Safe Crime Prevention and Safety Promotion Awards presented the Townsville Thuringowa Safe Communities Senior Safety Working Group with:
- second prize for their Safe Banking for Seniors initiative which teaches older people how to safely use automatic teller and EFTPOS machines
- third prize for monthly Older, Wiser, Living Safely (OWLS) presentations on local community radio, which provides information for the safe and independent living by seniors.