Queensland Stay On Your Feet® Toolkit - Falls prevention in action
Stay on Your Feet Wide Bay/Burnett trial project
The Queensland Stay on Your Feet® Wide Bay/Burnett trial project conducted a community stocktake using a mail survey to over 1,000 individuals, organisations, community groups, fitness groups and services in the project area at the beginning and end of the project . The community pre-stocktake survey was conducted before the project commenced in February/March 2002 to provide a baseline of information. The community post-stocktake survey was conducted in February/March 2006 to provide comparative information for evaluation purposes.
Developing the survey and database
Preliminary consultation indicated that providers often did not consider they were involved in falls prevention activities. As a result, the stocktake survey didn’t use the term ‘falls prevention’ but instead collected information about services, resources and activities related to falls risk factors . Once the survey was developed, a mailing list for the survey was needed. The Queensland Stay on Your Feet® Wide Bay/Burnett trial project developed a database using a range of sources including project contacts, attendees at project-related meetings and relevant phone and service directories .
During the project, the database was regularly updated and expanded by individuals requesting to be included and by adding contacts identified by key stakeholders already on the database. The database provided a means of initiating and maintaining regular communication with target group and the community, as well as providing a way to evaluate the reach of the project .
Community stocktake results
The results from the initial community stocktake provided a useful baseline that informed the planning of the project and allowed comparative analysis as part of the project's evaluation. By comparing the community stocktake results from the beginning and end of the project, it was possible to measure changes in the number of the programs, services, activities or resources which focused on known falls risk factors.
Queensland Stay on Your Feet® Wide Bay/Burnett Trial Project