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Provider Number PO342.

CPD1h 10m of CPD
Total Rating(s)273
First Published
Updated21 October 2019
Expires 21 October 2021
Recorded InMelbourne, Australia

Course Overview

This Course will look at what a fall is, why identifying falls risk is important and what healthcare professionals need to be aware of to appropriately identify fall risk.

  • The importance of identifying falls risk;
  • How to conduct a falls risk assessment;
  • Personal and environmental risk factors;
  • Screening and assessment for at-risk individuals.

In inpatient settings, fall injuries have steadily increased and the impacts of falls on individuals are far-reaching.

Prevention strategies should emphasise education, training, creating safer environments, prioritising fall-related research and establishing effective policies to reduce risk.


Enable healthcare professionals to appropriately identify patients/residents who are at risk of falling through an understanding of what a fall is, why falling is an issue of concern and how to identify environmental and personal risk factors for falling.

Learning Outcomes
  • Be confident in your knowledge of falls to better care for at-risk people and those who have experienced a fall.
  • Immediately identify intrinsic and extrinsic risk factors for falling in a variety of settings to better implement preventative strategies.
  • Use validated and supported risk screening and assessment tools to determine an individual's degree of risk or harm from falls.
Target Audience

All healthcare professionals working in both inpatient and community health settings.


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Diana Clayton

Diana Clayton is a clinical nurse consultant who works for Peninsula Health in the falls prevention service. She initially set up the inpatient falls prevention program and currently oversees the program in the subacute and residential care settings. She has been in her current role for 13 years and has presented at a number of conferences over that time. She is a passionate advocate for falls prevention across the whole health spectrum. See Educator Profile

Learner Reviews

273 Total Rating(s)
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Toni Brooksby
24 Feb 2020

well presented

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Lee Mann
24 Feb 2020

very knowledgeable and a great resource that all staff should be able to follow.

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Lindsay blow
24 Feb 2020

Safety of all elderly patients within your care

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Leanne Cosway
23 Feb 2020

very good

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Andrew Pegler
22 Feb 2020

Very informative. Great to revisit this subject as falls have such a profound impact on the quality of life of our patients.

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Berni Werner
21 Feb 2020

Very informative

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Susan mulcahy
21 Feb 2020

Great to learn more about falls and risk factors for falls and how to prevent them.

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Miriama Vasutoga
20 Feb 2020

Very useful module and have learnt a lot from the topics covered.

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Manjeet kaur
20 Feb 2020

This was a good learning and improved my knowledge about falling risks because of personal and environmental factors. Prevention of these risk factors is very important.

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Winston Pablo Villamin
19 Feb 2020

This resource is highly recommended to all healthcare professionals working in aged care facilities.