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CPD1h 10m of CPD
Total Rating(s)31
Publish Date12 August 2018
Review Date12 May 2020
Expiry Date12 August 2020
Recorded InMelbourne, Australia

Course Overview

This Course will look at fall risk screening and assessment, why identifying appropriate fall risk interventions is important, and what we as healthcare professionals need to be aware of to provide best practice falls prevention at the bedside.

Topics include:

  • Why recognise risk at the bedside?
  • Risk factors – personal and environmental
  • Identifying risk and implementing interventions
  • Caring for your patient after a fall

Target audience

Nurses and other health professionals working in inpatient wards of public and private hospitals and residential aged care facilities.


Enhance knowledge and skills in relation to simple and effective screening and assessment processes that can be used at the bedside to prevent falls and harm from falls.


Falls pose a serious threat to patient safety. Accidental falls are among the most common incidents reported in hospitals. Growing evidence indicates that falls occurring in the hospital can be reduced with planning and intervention techniques, however, there is limited research that has been published on fall reduction strategies written by staff nurses. Additionally, research has shown that when interventions are developed in an interprofessional manner, they can reduce falls by 20–30%.

Nurses are well positioned to drive organisational change to prevent falls through a team approach to planning, implementing and evaluating a falls prevention program

Learning Outcomes

  • Apply your understanding of best practice falls prevention to be able to identify why screening and assessment is required
  • Use enhanced knowledge of risk factors for falling to identify patients who require screening and assessment
  • Identify patients at high risk of injury should they fall to ensure appropriate interventions are in place to mitigate risk


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.

CPD1h 10m of CPD
Total Rating(s)31
Publish Date12 August 2018
Review Date12 May 2020
Expiry Date12 August 2020
Recorded InMelbourne, Australia
Topic Tags
Cognitive Impairment
Patient Safety
Aged Care
Residential Aged Care
Occupational Health and Safety

Further Learning

Learner Reviews


31 Total Rating(s)

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Felicity Clancey
19 Feb 2019

Very comprehensive in its content on falls assessment, prevention, intervention and education.

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Dil Maya G C
16 Feb 2019

Good info on falls prevention.

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Stephen Payne
14 Feb 2019

Good oversite of Falls Risk.

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Chunling Yang
01 Feb 2019

Great resources for fall prevention

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Sabina Rai
24 Jan 2019

very important topic which provides more confidence in us when caring for our elderly or patients no matter what the settings are.

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Troy King
01 Jan 2019

Well presented

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Lydia Scotney
05 Dec 2018

Great. Straight forward information all relevant to falls prevention practice within my workplace.

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Leeanne ross
03 Dec 2018

Very helpful and thought provoking course.

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Emily Tessmer
12 Nov 2018

Informative and concise.

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Soumya bhaskara
08 Nov 2018