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Put safety first this silly season

The holidays are a time filled with happiness, family and friends but they are also the most common time of year for injuries and incidents to occur. Many people don’t realise the potential hazards that come about at Christmas time and are often too busy or distracted to ensure they are keeping themselves safe. By taking note of potential risks  and being aware of your environment, you can make sure you don’t injure yourself or your loved ones this Christmas.

Here are some tips on how you can stay safe over these holidays:

  • If you have Christmas lights, make sure they are a good quality and aren’t old and frayed. Most people take out their box of lights once a year so it’s important to remember that they won’t last forever. Christmas lights vary in quality and can get rusty or frayed, so make sure you check them before putting them up.
  • If you are putting up lights, ensure they are on a low voltage and a circuit is connected to a safety switch. It’s also a good idea to buy Australian-compliant lights, not online ones from overseas, as they may be a different voltage and may not comply with Australian safety standards.
  • If you have outdoor lights, make sure they are outdoor approved. Indoor lights do not have additional weatherproofing, so are not suitable outdoors. The higher the weatherproof rating, the better the lights are. Do not put outdoor lights near pools or other wet surfaces.
  • Do not leave lights on while you are out. All lights should be turned off at night time and all outdoor lights should be turned off during bad weather.
  • Be safe when using a ladder. Many injuries and deaths occur over the festive season when people put up decorations. It is important to make sure there is always someone else home when using a ladder and never have more than one person on the ladder at once.
  • Ensure hallways, paths and walkways are kept clear and clutter free. Cables and decorations should be out of the way as they are potential trip hazards. These can be Christmas light cables, Christmas decorations, presents, extra floor runners and anything else that clutters up a space, especially if there will be more people present in the space than usual.
  • Test smoke alarms in the house. Smoke alarms should be tested throughout the whole year but especially during the warmer months and if you are using Christmas lights and other electrical decorations.
  • Food should not be left out for longer than two hours. If the weather is hot, it is best not to leave it for longer than one hour. This is especially important if eating outdoors, as it is often quite hot over the festive season.
  • Store food in clean airtight containers. Food should be stored safely in clean, airtight containers to reduce the growth of bacteria. If reheating leftover food, the container must be microwave safe, a lid should be used and the food should be heated through evenly.

For more information about staying safe this silly season visit:

Happy Holidays!

Alone for Christmas?

Christmas is the season for family and friends, but for many, it can be the loneliest time of the year. Whether they have suffered from the loss of a loved one or their family have moved away, many older adults may find themselves alone and isolated for Christmas. However there are many ways you can stay involved this Christmas. A phone or video call to keep in contact with long lost friends or relatives overseas is an ideal way to stay connected, despite being in different locations.

There are community events taking place over the holidays including free Christmas lunch events organised around Perth for people not celebrating Christmas Day with others. Mission Australia have organised a free Christmas Lunch in the Park, held at Wellington Square Park, East Perth throughout the day. There is also a BYO Christmas Lunch for strangers and newcomers held on Christmas Day at Kings Park War Memorial at 12pm.

For more information about Mission Australia’s Christmas Lunch in the Park click here.

For more information about the Christmas BYO Lunch in Kings Park click here.

For more information about how to Act, Belong and Commit for your mental health this Christmas visit the Act, Belong, Commit website here.

If you or someone you know is going through a tough time this Christmas visit the BeyondBlue website here.

Happy Holidays from Stay On Your Feet®

As 2016 draws to a close, it is the perfect time to reflect on the past year. We have had a big year here at The Injury Control Council of WA (ICCWA), with a number of organisational changes as well as major developments in our three main program areas; Stay on Your Feet®, Road Trauma Support WA and Know Injury.

Stay on Your Feet® has had a very positive and eventful year, with some new faces joining the team as well as the continued promotion of the Stay on Your Feet® Move Improve Remove messages. This year saw the release of two new campaigns, Make Your Home Safer and Strengthen Your Legs which ran throughout the year. Both campaigns had a wide reach and were well received among community members and health and community workers.

Looking towards the New Year, the Fuel Your Body campaign will be launched on the first of February 2017, with a number of great events and activities planned.

The Stay on Your Feet® team will be taking a short break over the festive season and our office will be closed from Friday 23 December 2016 to Tuesday 3 January 2017.

We would like to thank each and every one of you, whether you are a community member or professional working with older adults, for supporting Stay On Your Feet® throughout 2016. It has been a pleasure having you on board and we look forward to another year of preventing falls among older adults in the community.

From all of us on the Stay on Your Feet® team, have a safe and happy festive season and a lovely New Year.

Leg Strength Key to Long and Healthy Life

Inactive adults and those who have weak or frail legs can start to strengthen their legs to improve daily function thanks to some important advice from WA’s leading falls prevention experts.

The “Strengthen Your Legs” campaign from Stay On Your Feet®, which is delivered by the Injury Control Council of WA, aims to prevent slips, trips and falls in older adults to allow them to live independently in the community for longer.

Active Craigie couple, Diane Costello and Will Van Der Marke, were surprised to learn about the impact that strengthening exercises could have on their overall health and wellbeing.

“We are both active and healthy and simply adding simple strength exercises has been good for our balance and muscle definition”, says Diane.

“I started with a few exercises, and I was surprised how quickly I progressed with consistency”.

“Strong legs are one of the keys to keeping you healthy and independent for longer,” according to Injury Prevention Manager, Rachel Meade.

For health and community workers who are helping older adults to stay healthy and independent for longer, the campaign offers information and services which describe simple and low cost exercises which can strengthen leg muscles.

Ms Meade says it is not always necessary to enrol in classes or visit a physiotherapist to find out ways of improving muscle strength.
Adults can receive strengthening exercise flyers to allow them to complete a series of simple exercises in the comfort of their home to save on time and money.

“Leg strength does not have to be about aerobic activity”, says Ms Meade.

For adults who are inactive or frail, strengthening exercises are most important to increase muscle strength because it can improve everyday function and quality of life.

The campaign will also benefit adults who are already active and understand the importance of moving their body.

The advice is to simply add strengthening and balance exercises into their regular physical activity and to make these exercises progressively challenging.

The team at Stay On Your Feet® is offering free strengthening exercise flyers and other tips to prevent slips, trips and falls to health professionals and community members. For more information please call 1300 30 35 40 or visit www.stayonyourfeet.com.au.

Alternatively, ask a physiotherapist, leisure centre fitness instructor, tai chi instructor or GP for some strengthening and balance exercises that might suit you.

“Good health and strong legs are important for everyone!,” says Diane and Will. “Strong legs can give you confidence and reduce the fear of falling”.

Breaking down the barriers to exercise in Mukinbudin

Many older residents tend to shy away from gyms because they find them too intimidating and fear they’ll never learn how to use the equipment properly.

This has certainly been the case in Mukinbudin, according to Community Development Officer, Nola Comerford-Smith, who says that a lack of exercise programs tailored specifically for the shire’s older adults might be what has previously been keeping them away.

However the recent introduction of weight training for older adults and a ‘Boot camp’ including ability-targeted aerobic exercise and Tai Chi to increase mobility is changing all that according to Ms Comerford-Smith, who said she is thrilled to see how many locals have registered to take part.

The program is being funded in Mukinbudin as part of the new Stay On Your Feet® Strengthen Your Legs Campaign delivered on behalf of the WA Department of Health, which focuses on building muscle strength as a way of preventing slips trips and falls.

“The Strengthen Your Legs program is really becoming popular with our older residents and the numbers are growing week on week,” she said.

“With classes like these, especially tailored to our senior citizens, participants are able to attend a group class with a trained personal instructor who will give them support and encouragement as they progress.

“Each week they get more comfortable and familiar with their surroundings and what they are doing, which is really helping to make exercise a regular part of their life.”

Ms Comerford-Smith said they recently had eleven older residents take part in the classes with word rapidly spreading across the community.

“We had one participant who was 84-years-old, who said that before she started the gym classes with us, she couldn’t even use her arms to push herself out of bed.

“Since doing the weight training she is regaining that strength and able to do the daily tasks that help make her independent which is just so thrilling to hear,” she added.

One in three people in Australia aged over the age of 65 will fall each year, some resulting in serious injury and hospitalisation that will see them unable to return to living independently in the community, according to the Injury Control Council of WA (ICCWA), which delivers Stay On Your Feet® in Western Australia

However, what many don’t realise is that falls are easily preventable according to ICCWA Injury Prevention Manager Rachel Meade.

“Many older Australians believe that muscle weakening is just an inevitable part of the ageing process,” Ms Meade said.

“It’s possible to maintain and even increase muscle strength by participating in regular resistance based exercise classes, such as those currently running in Mukinbudin.”

The Shire of Mukinbudin has an ageing population drawn to the area by its affordability and slower pace however it is not regularly serviced by doctors, physiotherapists or other health professionals.

“These proactive, self-manageable exercise programs will be of enormous benefit in terms of keeping our seniors healthy, informed and strong and safe.”  Ms Comerford-Smith said.

Strengthen Your Legs Forum: Advocacy and Collaboration

The Stay On Your Feet® team’s recent Strengthen Your Legs Forum attracted a diverse range of allied health professionals from across the country to hear from four of Western Australia’s leading falls prevention experts.

Those attending the professional development and networking event at the Bendat Centre in Wembley, and others who tuned in via webinar, were provided with some extremely valuable insights and advice on the effective delivery of leg strengthening programs and exercises to reduce the risk of falls among older clients.

Their presentations included information about how practitioners can harness the motivators that drive older adults to engage in exercise and strategies to overcome the barriers they experience.

In addition to their presentations, the guest speakers also participated in a panel discussion where they were able to share their thoughts on the need to raise the public profile of falls prevention among older adults, health professionals and Government officials through advocacy, and how the collaboration across disciplines is vital for patient outcomes.

One Size Does Not Fit All

Tony Petta, Physiotherapist and Falls Specialist at Sir Charles Gardner Hospital, said that although evidence-based, effective strength and balance programs are available and well known to practitioners, one size does not necessarily fit all.

Mr Petta explained during his presentation that an exercise program needed to be selected and modified according to each client’s capabilities, co-morbidities and preferences.

“We want to maximise the client’s capabilities and functional task performance,” he said.

He said that this may refer to factors from the older person’s pre-existing medical conditions, cognitive impairment or neurological disease as well as their level of motivation and ability to grasp concepts of progressive overload.

“It is up to the practitioner to select appropriate exercises for their client to maximise their compliance with the program therefore maximising the benefits.”

The Need to Engage Older Adults, Family and Health Professionals in Preventing Falls

Principle Physiotherapists at LifeCare Physiotherapy Phoenix, Anthony Imms, described his experience delivering a strength and balance exercise program to older clients in the private practice setting. He outlined both components of the program model that contributed to its success as well as the factors that acted as barriers. His presentation highlighted the importance of falls prevention advocacy from the global level, all the way through to the local and practitioner level.

“The older population has not grown up with the same health promotion messages as younger people,” Mr Imms explained to the audience.

“Often it is the adult children and other family members engaging with their parents GP or booking physiotherapy appointments.”

This reinforces the importance of falls prevention messages reaching the carer, family and broader support systems of older adults who may not seek the services of a physiotherapist or other allied health professional themselves.

Mr Imms also emphasised the need to advocate falls prevention as a priority area among GPs, who are often the first point of contact for older adults reporting concerns about poor balance or strength and who may benefit from the services of a physiotherapist.

Approaching Falls Prevention with Older Clients

“How can I move someone from ‘I do nothing’ to ‘I do something’

This is the question Associate Professor Anne-Marie Hill posed to health professionals attending the Strengthen Your Legs Forum.

Throughout her presentation, she went on to discuss the various ways in which physiotherapists and other exercise specialists can engage with and encourage older adults to participate in strength training to reduce their risk of falls. These included harnessing facilitators and overcoming barriers to participation.

One of the key themes that did emerge was that regardless of what information practitioners were delivering to older clients to promote their uptake of strength training it needed to be delivered in a manner that was respectful to them.

Recent research findings have reported that overwhelmingly, older adults want to receive falls prevention information from practitioners in a respectful, non-patronising manner. It also found that when discussing falls prevention strategies and encouraging healthy behaviours among older clients, it is vital to approach the issue in a personal and positive way that was empathetic and supported them to increase their physical activity levels gradually.

“Sit down and listen to them, show them that it matters to you that they do something,” said Ms Hill.

Enriching Quality of Life Across the Lifespan: A Holistic Approach

Australian Physiotherapy Associated Titled Gerontological Physiotherapist, Vanessa Jessup, shared her experience delivering a series of seated Tai Chi for Arthritis for Falls Prevention classes to a group of Aboriginal Elders as part of a larger general well-being and chronic disease management program.

While she said she did not deliver the program specifically to reduce participant’s risk of falls, she reported extremely positive outcomes across the broad spectrum of health and wellbeing.

“It’s about enjoyment, it’s about moving, it’s about what your body can do” she explained when describing the benefits of tai chi to her class participants.

Following the completion of the six tai chi classes – which included 30-40 minutes of practice as well as yarning, intention setting and reflection time – participants reported improvements in balance, mental and emotional wellbeing, family relationships, reduction in stress and increased confidence.

“Some improvements are not captured by the suite of outcome measures we use (as physiotherapists), however qualitative measures such as feedback from individuals and families about their quality of life are just as valuable,” she said

She also spoke about the language used in falls prevention and how there was an opportunity to improve it in order to raise the profile of falls prevention among practitioners, policy makers and the community.

Phrases such as “Stay on your feet” are a beautiful positive message promoting independence, physical activity and building strength, while ‘Falls prevention” has a different message. Both messages may be appropriate at different times, however the first allows far great opportunity to be more holistic in our practice and engage with a larger population.

“We want to do the best we can for active ageing, quality of life and for the entire human experience. If we look at the entire human experience, we can’t miss falls”.

Strengthen Your Legs to Stay On Your Feet®!

When asked what may have caused a recent fall, many older adults will cite reasons such as uneven flooring, unsafe footwear that they were simply not paying attention.

While some might acknowledge that their balance may not be what it once was, many do not mention poor leg strength as a possible contributing factor to falls.

The Strengthen Your Legs campaign aims to change that by encouraging older adults to recognise the importance of having strong legs and provides them with tips and strategies to improve their leg strength to help prevent falls.

As health and community care professionals, you witness the role leg strength plays in the everyday lives of older adults. The ability to perform day-to-day activities, such as household chores or even just transferring from a chair or bed to the floor, are greatly impacted by your muscle strength. Consequently poor leg strength can significantly impact on and individual’s quality of life, their level of independence and risk of falling.

Many older people believe that the muscle weakness experienced with age is simply unavoidable and a natural result of the ageing process.  However the strength and size of muscles doesn’t have to decline with each passing year. Maintaining and even increasing leg strength is possible with regular participation in challenging and progressive resistance based exercise.

The Strengthen Your Legs campaign will be running from September 1 to November 30, 2016.

Stay On Your Feet® Seniors Olympics

The importance of leg strength in maintaining a healthy, independent lifestyle and preventing falls provides the foundation for the recently launched Strengthen Your Legs campaign from WA’s community falls prevention program, Stay On Your Feet®. The campaign launch was celebrated with a Seniors Olympics, an event that embodied the campaign theme by encouraging older adults to have-a-go at various Olympic-themed strength and balance activities.

Over 120 community members and health care professionals joined the Stay On Your Feet® team at the Belmont Oasis Leisure Centre to enjoy a fun-filled morning of games, learning, and chatting (and of course morning tea!). Stall holders from organisations across the community also attended to provide guests with useful information about services and activities in their local area.

The day kicked off with a tai chi demonstration lead by Perth Tai Chi Academy founder Sam Sujatna. Plenty of people, many of which had never practiced tai chi before, got involved and it was a pleasure to watch the group move as one through the sequence of postures. Tai chi is a safe and effective strength and balance activity that a wide range of people can participate in and enjoy. Hopefully a few people were inspired to find a tai chi class in their local area, to learn the movements for the first time, or perhaps return to regular practice.

Sam Sujatna leading the tai chi session

The formalities commenced at 10.30am with some light-hearted humour from the Master of Ceremonies, Perth’s very own media personality, Jenny Seaton, before guests were Welcomed to Country by respected Aboriginal man Shaun Nannup. Taking time out of her busy schedule at Curtin University, Associate Professor Anne-Marie Hill briefly discussed the importance of leg strength in maintaining a healthy, independent lifestyle and preventing falls. The Injury Control Council of WA’s Emily Anderson provided the audience of community members, health care professionals and carers with information about the campaign, its key messages and how they can continue to get involved during the course of the campaign.

Aboriginal Man Shaun Nannup
Perth Champion Jenny Seaton

Following the speeches, everyone was off their seats again to enjoy a very energetic demonstration from the Belmont Leisure Centre’s Prime Movers group. This fast-paced, choreographed, aerobics-style class is extremely popular in WA, with about 5000 men and women participating in classes all over the Perth metropolitan area. Each class consists of five sections; warm-up, stretching, cardiovascular, muscle strength and endurance and cool down, all set to some great tunes!

ICCWA - Olympics 1st September 2016 PERTH, WESTERN AUSTRALIA Photographer - Riley White

ICCWA - Olympics 1st September 2016 PERTH, WESTERN AUSTRALIA Photographer - Riley White
Prime Movers take Centre Stage

For those not as light on their feet, the Curtin Stadium Active Seniors class provided an opportunity for guests to participate in seated strength, balance and mobility exercises. These exercise classes are facilitated by qualified health and fitness professionals and are specifically designed for those over 50 years who would like to improve their muscle strength as well as the many other benefits that increased physical activity bring.

ICCWA - Olympics 1st September 2016 PERTH, WESTERN AUSTRALIA Photographer - Riley White

Seniors enjoying games

As the Seniors Olympics drew to a close there was still time for a few more rounds of putt-putt mini golf, ten-pin bowling and quoits, the drawing of raffle winners, and a final cup of tea and a sandwich before heading home. Stay On Your Feet® would like to thank all of those who came along and participated in the games and activities. We hope to have inspired you to take the first steps to Strengthen Your Legs to prevent slips, trips and falls.

Recent tai chi instructor workshops in Perth and Geraldton mean more classes for seniors!

Maintaining and improving balance by participating in regular and challenging balance activities is an evidence-based and effective falls prevention strategy. Numerous studies into the effectiveness of particular exercise programs in improving balance and preventing falls, has time and time again found that tai chi is a safe and effective activity that older adults can perform to reduce their risk of falls.

As Western Australia’s leading falls prevention program, Stay On Your Feet® aims to promote and refer older adults in the community to safe and effective falls prevention programs such as tai chi. To improve the accessibility of tai chi classes delivered by qualified tai chi instructors within the Perth metropolitan and regional areas in Western Australia, Stay On Your Feet® has been delivering Tai Chi for Arthritis for Falls Prevention Instructor Training Workshops to health and community care professionals for the past two years.

These two-day intensive workshops provide participants with the necessary skills and knowledge to conduct modified tai chi classes aimed at improving balance, confidence and muscular strength to prevent falls. The workshops are facilitated by occupational therapist and master trainer in Tai Chi for Arthritis, Rani Hughes with support from Melanie Browne (Arthritis WA) and Sam Sujatna (Perth Tai Chi Academy). Together these instructors have a wealth of knowledge and experience in the history and teaching of tai chi.

Most recently in June this year, two Tai Chi for Arthritis for Falls Prevention Instructor Training Workshops were held; one in Fremantle and the other in Geraldton.  A total of 23 health and community care professionals working with older adults attended the workshops; learning the background and history of tai chi and how to perform and teach tai chi safe and effectively to older people who may have arthritis or other health conditions.

To receive accreditation as a Tai Chi for Arthritis for Falls Prevention Instructor, participants were required to complete a written and practical assessment. An impressive 90% of participants successfully passed the assessments and received their instructor certification. This is a reflection of the high quality instruction provided by instructors Rani, Melanie and Sam but also of the enthusiasm and hard-working participants.

Upon completion of the workshop, participants provided feedback to Stay On Your Feet® and instructors via short questionnaires. Overall, participants found the workshop content to be excellent and very useful. The majority of participants reported they were confident to deliver the program and intended to implement their newfound knowledge and skills by delivering tai chi classes to older adults in the community including out-patient hospital and rehabilitation settings.

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Participants at the Fremantle workshop with instructors; Sam, Rani and Mel.

When asked which aspects of the workshop they enjoyed most, many participants cited that learning and practicing the tai chi movements and networking with other attendees were highly enjoyable. One attendee enjoyed “Learning the form and the detailed demonstrations and instruction” whilst others enjoyed “Meeting like-minded people” and “Engaging with the local tai chi community”. There was also high praise for the workshop instructors; attendees stating that they were an “Engaging and insightful teaching group” and were “very friendly and professional”.

Attendees left the workshops satisfied with their learning experience and keen to start, or continue to deliver tai chi classes in the community. Many participants also indicated interest in attending a follow-up session, to be held on Saturday 12 November at City West Lotteries House in West Perth. This session, facilitated by Sam Sujatna, will provide instructors with an opportunity to receive further instruction on the movements to increase their confidence to deliver and discuss the challenges of program delivery with Sam and other instructors. This follow-up session is open to anyone who has successfully completed the Tai Chi for Arthritis for Falls Prevention Instructor Training. If you would like to attend the follow-up session please click here.

If you are a health or community care professional working with older adults and would like to deliver Tai Chi for Arthritis for Falls Prevention please register your interest here. Stay On Your Feet® can deliver the workshop in metropolitan and regional areas with sufficient demand.

The Grassroots Falls Festival call for abstracts NOW OPEN

 

The Grassroots Falls Festival call for abstracts are now open.

The Injury Control Council of WA, delivering the Stay On Your Feet® program with the support of the Department of Health are proud to be partnering with Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital to present the Grassroots Falls Festival Take Two.

The organising commitee invites you to submit an abstract to share your valuable knowledge with other health professionals dedicated to preventing falls and harm caused from falls.

Take two of the’Grassroots Falls Festival; a falls prevention conference for health professionals’ will be hosted at the beautiful Esplanade Hotel in Fremantle, Western Australia n Thursday 16th and Friday 17th February, 2017.

The staging of the Grassroots Falls Festival follows on from a very successful inaugural conference in February 2015 which attracted more than 200 delegates.

The deadline for abstract submission is 9pm Friday the 9th August 2016.  

To submit an abstract please sign into the presentation portal using the link below with your account email address and password.  If you have not yet submitted a presentation, please create a new acocunt by clicking the ‘new account’ button.

To submit an abstract you must have the following ready for submission

  • Abstract title
  • Presentation type
  • Category type (acute care, aboriginal care, residential care, rural health care, secondary hospitals/rehabilitation, community settings including childrens falls)
  • author contact details and biography
  • your abstract(200 words)
  • Audio visual requirements

At any time in the process you can click the ‘Save as Draft’ button to save your incomplete submission and return to it at a later time.

For more information on the conference or to return to the portal please visit the event website here.

Thank you for your interest in presenting.  The contribution of presenters is critical and we value your input greatly.

Submit abstract

If you have any questions regarding your submission please contact the conference secretariat at conference@corporatechallenge.com.au or 0422 265 633.

Lifestyle-Integrated Functional Exercise program instructor training

There is substantial evidence supporting older adults’ participation in regular and sustained strength and balance exercise to reduce their risk of falls. Despite their well-documented effectiveness, there are frequently low compliance and adherence rates of older adults with traditional structured strength and balance programs.

Similar to traditional strength and balance programs, the Lifestyle-Integrated Functional Exercise (LiFE) program aims to reduce falls and improve function in older people at risk or having previously experienced a falls by having them perform activities that improve their balance and strength. However the most significant difference between a traditional strength and balance program and the LiFE program is that LiFE is based purely in the home. LiFE turns daily tasks and routines into an opportunity to improve balance, strength and prevent falls. For example, performing a squat to pick up items on a low shelf in the kitchen or walking heel to toe down the hallway on the way to the laundry. Evaluation of the LiFE program has demonstrated high adherence and compliance rates among participants, a one third reduction in the incidence of falls and significant improvements in measures of strength and balance.

The Lifestyle-integrated Functional Exercise (LiFE) program is an evidence-based safe, effective and functional strength and balance program for older adults living in the community. For these reasons, Stay On Your Feet® have chosen to deliver LiFE instructor training to health professionals in Perth, with the aim that the LiFE program will be more widely delivered to older adults at risk of falls in Western Australia.

The most recent half-day instructor training course was held on Thursday 26 May, attended by 21 health professionals and facilitated by Physiotherapist and Falls Specialist Tony Petta. Attendees were guided through the fundamentals and purpose of the LiFE program, use of the assessment tool and exercise prescription. Tony also explained the importance of communicating what balance and strength are to older clients. Health professionals need to acknowledge that each client may have a different understanding of strength and balance and their role in the performance of daily activities, the prevention of falls. He also assisted them to explain why strength and balance needed to be progressively challenged to improve and how this could be achieved through specific activities.

As health professionals will be delivering the LiFE program to older adults in the community, client selection was also discussed. LiFE evaluation has identified that not all older adults are suitable for the LiFE program. Clients require a certain level of initiative to identify opportunities to complete the LiFE activities within their daily lives and record their activities as required. Over time, and with support from the health professional, the client will increase ownership over their completion of LiFE activities and eventually contact with the health professional will become very sporadic or cease entirely and can no longer be relied upon to remind or monitor the client’s adherence to the program.

There was also ample opportunities for the attendees to practice using the assessment tool,  prescribing activities and discussing the program with a client.

Feedback from the event was extremely positive with the majority of attendees reporting increased confidence to deliver the LiFE program to older adults in the community.

If you are interested in attending a future instructor training course for the Lifestyle-integrated Functional Exercise program and/or Otago Exercise Programme or Tai Chi for Arthritis for Falls Prevention please submit your expression of interest here. The LiFE and Otago instructor training courses will be combined into a one-day workshop and delivered regionally in the following locations:

  • During week 24-28 October 2016 in Busselton or Bunbury
  • During week 27-31 March 2017 in Kalgoorlie

There is also future LiFE, Otago and Tai Chi instructor training courses planned for metropolitan and other regional areas if there is enough interest. Be sure to submit your expression of interest here if you would like to attend.

Stay On Your Feet® is provided by Injury Matters and funded by the Western Australian Department of Health.

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