When Young People Fall

1h 10m of CPD
Diana Clayton
07 Nov 2017

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.


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


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.


Pauline Aurora Moody12 Aug 2018
Informative and very well presented topic.

Joanne Pegg20 Jun 2018

Harriet Travers04 Jun 2018
Very interesting and easy to understand. Great insights into an area that is seldom discussed or promoted. Great learning.

Harriet Travers04 Jun 2018
Very interesting and easy to understand. Great insights into an area that is seldom discussed or promoted. Great learning.

Leonie Stickley31 May 2018
Very informative

joy croucher31 May 2018
A very interesting resource. CHEERS

Narelle Odwyer30 May 2018
great vla

Deborah French30 May 2018
Excellent. thank you.

Amelia Hugo27 May 2018
Good information

Jessica Arnold27 May 2018
educational topic

yan zhang24 May 2018

Anna Medley22 May 2018
Extremely informative and succinct.

Karamjeet Kaur19 May 2018
This VLA has provided me the opportunity to learn the outcomes of falls and their prevention on younger people.

Leigh Labinsky18 May 2018
Highlights areas of concern not usually considered.

Werner Cossid11 May 2018

Amos Chandiwana04 May 2018
A good course, topic covered in an engaging manner!

Denise Johnson03 May 2018
Very thorough and thought provoking

Alysha Hack24 Apr 2018
I hadnt really thought about falls in younger people much so was useful to think through some of their risks

Nida Deligero Lagunay17 Apr 2018
Very useful learning material.

Helen Ross16 Apr 2018
Thank you

Magda Amarasingham25 Mar 2018

Natalie Lawrence24 Mar 2018
very informative, presented very well, definately a good one to have on the cards

Christena Fitzpatrick02 Mar 2018
Standard 10 compliance Prevention of falls is relevant to all health workers

Jillian Olbrich22 Feb 2018

Helen Wuttke17 Feb 2018
Thought provoking.

Michele Selby13 Feb 2018

Sarah Shorter03 Feb 2018
Very informative and well presented

Course Overview

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.


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.


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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