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.
07 Nov 2017
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.
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.