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CPD1h 10m of CPD
Total Rating(s)233
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.


No conflict of interest exists for anyone in the position to control content for this activity. Wherever possible, generic or non-proprietary names of medications or products have been used.


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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

233 Total Rating(s)
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Marissa Protheroe
05 Dec 2019

This course was very informative and demonstrated the importance of identifying patients at risk of falls and ways to prevent it from.occuring

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Kadupitige Didula Eranda Priya Kadupitiya
03 Dec 2019

Very good

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Samuel J Robinson
30 Nov 2019

While falls prevention and appropriate management of elderly patients should be a priority for all front-line health professionals, this module often came across as condescending and much of the information felt like it was reiterated multiple times when it maybe didn't need to be. Beneficial, however could be refined in the future

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Wendy Railton
30 Nov 2019

I thought the presenter was wonderful and really got the message through.

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Sarita Thapa
29 Nov 2019

Very effective

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Merlene Rostron
28 Nov 2019

Excellent, simple and engaging presentation

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Gabrielle Rodda
26 Nov 2019


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April Lees
21 Nov 2019


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Sandra Deeth
20 Nov 2019

Easy listening and simple to understand. A good resource.

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Jia Win Goh
19 Nov 2019