1h 10m

Identifying Falls Risk

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

03 Oct 2017

Learning Outcomes


Be confident in your knowledge about falls to better care for people at risk 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



very informative -- 20 Apr 2018
Great bit of education on the massive effect that falling can have on our patients. -- 19 Apr 2018
very informative -- 19 Apr 2018
Great presentation on a very relevant topic -- 18 Apr 2018
very imformative -- 17 Apr 2018
Very helpful materials. -- 16 Apr 2018
Excellent information in this resource. Falls is a very high risk, not only for the elderly but for post operative patients and occasionally younger patients as well. It is also excellent that there is now a standard risk screening and assessment tool. -- 13 Apr 2018
Very well presented and helpful. Good explanation of tools available and factors to take into consideration. -- 13 Apr 2018
Very clear and practical -- 10 Apr 2018
Worth doing very informative. -- 10 Apr 2018
Good overall refresher course for identifying falls risks. -- 09 Apr 2018
A very important topic to discuss especially that the majority of the patients in the acute setting are elderly people. -- 08 Apr 2018
good -- 05 Apr 2018
excellent -- 04 Apr 2018
Worthwhile presentation -- 20 Mar 2018
very informative! -- 13 Mar 2018
Fantastic presentation. -- 12 Mar 2018
Excellent Lecture. The educator is clearly absolutely brilliant in her knowledge. Very well presented and interesting. -- 11 Mar 2018
I really felt the presenter attended to all areas of risks with knowledge and understanding and enabling me to implement learnt startegies into my own workplace. -- 26 Feb 2018
Great resource about Falls Prevention -- 23 Feb 2018
Very engaging and informative -- 19 Feb 2018
Informative and very relevant to my work in aged care -- 13 Feb 2018
Excellent topic and appropriately discussed in wherever sectors I am working -- 12 Feb 2018
Exellent resourse, I would recommend to everyone as a compulsory training -- 07 Feb 2018
A very interesting reflection of identifying risk factors related to falls and assessments required -- 07 Feb 2018
Very good resource. -- 05 Feb 2018
Clear concise information with good use of scenarios we can all identify with. -- 04 Feb 2018

Course Overview

Topics include:

  • The importance of identifying falls risk
  • Personal and environmental risk factors
  • Screening and assessment

Target audience

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


Enable healthcare professionals to be able 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 what the environmental and personal risk factors for falling are.


Falls are the second leading cause of accidental or unintentional injury deaths worldwide; each year an estimated 424,000 individuals die from falls globally, and 37.3 million falls are severe enough to require medical attention. Adults older than 65 suffer the greatest number of fatal falls. In inpatient settings, fall injuries within hospitals have steadily increased. The impact of falls on individuals is far reaching - the social impact of reduced independence through fear, the potential for loss of independence, and the increased burden on families, can be significant. The risk of falls and harm from falls is higher for people with impaired vision, poor balance, muscle weakness, reduced bone density and taking some medications. The more risk factors an individual has, the greater the risk of falls and harm from falls. Older people, in particular, are at increased risk of falls when they enter health care facilities. Prevention strategies should emphasise education, training, creating safer environments, prioritising fall-related research, and establishing effective policies to reduce risk.

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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