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Provider Number PO342.

CPD1h 5m of CPD
Total Rating(s)86
First Published
Updated26 August 2018
Expires 26 August 2020
Recorded InMelbourne, Australia

Course Overview

This Course will look at the psychosocial health of people who are at risk of falls, and discuss ways to provide the care that will meet their needs.

  • What is psychosocial health and how does it relate to falls?
  • How is a p[erson's social and spiritual health affected by a fall?
  • Practical considerations to support a person's psychological and emotional health following a fall

There is limited literature on the contribution and influence a patient’s psychosocial health has on their fall risk, with literature tending to focus on physical and health risk factors only. Additionally, there is little—no literature on the positive aspects of wellbeing and its relation to fall risk.

Nurses and other health professionals are in a unique position to frequently monitor patients and their psychosocial care in relation to falls. Nurses need to be more inclusive of the patient’s sexuality, spirituality, optimism and hope when assessing psychosocial care and quality of life as these subjects can be the least explored by staff with their patients. This barrier can adversely affect falls prevention.


The purpose of this Course is to prepare you to feel adequately informed and skilled at providing psychosocial care to the person who has experienced or is at risk of, falling.

Learning Outcomes
  • Use your knowledge of psychosocial factors that impact on falls risk in order to better prevent falls in high risk patients and consequent negative health outcomes
  • Undertake a recommended comprehensive psychosocial assessment on patients to ascertain risk of falling and plan required prevention interventions
Target Audience

This Course is most relevant to registered nurses and other health professionals working in inpatient wards of hospitals and residential aged care facilities.


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

86 Total Rating(s)
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Maria Serggia Cutaran
12 Feb 2020

Great topic and relevant

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joana boamah
20 Jan 2020

Psycosocial health encomposes 4 component mental, emotional, social and spiritual. all theses in to be incoperated in the care of patients in falls prevention

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Bhubinderjit Kaur Uttam Singh
07 Dec 2019

Good topic.

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Shauna BYRNE
19 Nov 2019

very interesting especially the spiritual aspect I can see how wholistic care I was giving was missing this element

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Leonie moss
07 Oct 2019

Broadened understanding of the psychological impact of falls and different approaches to consider.

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Sharmane Clarke
15 Jun 2019

Great if working in a hospital.I work in aged care and the processes in this resource are directed at hospital level.

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Sharmane Clarke
15 Jun 2019

Great if working in a hospital.I work in aged care and the processes in this resource are directed at hospital level.

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Sharmane Clarke
15 Jun 2019

Great if working in a hospital.I