Course Overview

Brief

Falls in the older population is known and recognised as a significant clinical risk area. However, young people fall as well, and can sustain serious injury. This Course cover falls prevention education from the viewpoint of younger people.

Learning Outcomes

  • Apply age-appropriate assessment and screening tools to your practice so that the risk of harm from falls in younger people are reduced
  • Identify age-specific and environmental falls risk factors to better implement preventative strategies for children and younger adults
  • Tailor falls management interventions for younger people with specific needs to reduce their risk of falls and related injuries

Topics include:

  • Paediatrics
  • Midwifery
  • Medical considerations
  • Drugs and alcohol

Target audience

All health professionals working with those aged under 65 years in inpatient wards of public and private hospitals, as well as residential aged care facilities.

Purpose

Provide falls risk education relevant to younger people and individuals with specific needs to enable health professionals to consider falls prevention from a holistic perspective.

Need

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), falls are the second leading cause of accidental or unintentional injury deaths worldwide. While there is a perception that its only older people who fall, the WHO states that the largest morbidity occurs in the following age groups; people aged 65 years or older, young adults aged 15-29 and children aged 15 years or younger.
There is limited research available into falls in younger age groups, however, the impact of falls on younger people can be significant in terms of long term disability.
Falls is seen as a major public health problem and it is essential that as health professionals we uphold our duty of care to ensure that our patients are safe by understanding the risks associated with falls.

Health professionals in Australia that are registered with AHPRA are required to obtain continuing professional development (CPD) hours/points each year that relates to their context of practice, in order to comply with mandatory regulatory requirements.

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