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Remove Hazards campaign launch

On 1 September 2020, Injury Matters launched the Stay On Your Feet® Remove Hazards Campaign, at the Mandurah Seniors and Community Centre. The event was supported by the City of Mandurah with stalls from Emprise Mobility, Silver Chain, Pets of Older Persons (POOPS), Mandurah Podiatry, Podiatry WA, Indigo, VisAbility and the Paraplegic Benefit Fund, allowing older adults to engage with local health professionals from the Peel Region and increase their falls prevention knowledge. Continue reading “Remove Hazards campaign launch”

Spotlight on Pets of Older Persons (POOPS)!

Almost two thirds of Australian households own pets, seeing the benefits of companionship and improved mental health and wellbeing. Pets are particularly important for those over the age of 65 as they can also provide routine, focus and a sense of safety and purpose for their owners. However, when pets aren’t getting the exercise they need, they can quite literally get under our feet!

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2020 WA Falls Report

Falls are a significant public health issue affecting Western Australian families and the economy, with falls ranking as the leading cause of injury hospitalisations and emergency department attendances in 2018. Bringing attention to the incidence of falls-related fatalities, hospitalisations and emergency department attendances in Western Australia and the need to implement effective falls prevention initiatives, Injury Matters has released the 2020 Western Australian Falls Report. Continue reading “2020 WA Falls Report”

Remove Hazards: Coming soon!

We’re partnering with the City of Mandurah to launch our latest falls prevention campaign, Remove Hazards, this September with support from local vendors for a community event.

This free event will include a Remove Hazards Presentation, a live question and answer session with an Occupational Therapist, Optometrist and Podiatrist, alongside information stalls and morning tea. The Remove Hazards campaign aims to raise awareness of the importance of safe environments to prevent falls and to promote healthy ageing, particularly supporting eye and foot health. Continue reading “Remove Hazards: Coming soon!”

Stay On Your Feet® program highlights 2019/20

Injury Matters is proud to deliver the Stay On Your Feet® program, on behalf of the Western Australian Department of Health, for the previous 19 years. During the 2019/2020 financial year the Stay On Your Feet® program continued to deliver innovative strategies that support community engagement and systemic change for falls prevention and active ageing.

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COVID-19, social isolation and health ageing: How can we support older people?

COVID-19 impacts everyone and has changed the way that people live, work and communicate, with older adults also having an increased risk for complications from COVID-19.

Last week Rachel Meade, Injury Prevention Manager at Injury Matters, sat down (virtually) with Dr Julie Dare from Edith Cowan University to talk about the impact of COVID-19, social isolation and how people working with older adults can continue to provide support and promote healthy ageing within the context of the pandemic.

“Everybody as a community needs to think about how they’re staying in touch with their older friends, relatives or neighbour.”           Dr Julie Dare

Tune in and hear Julie’s insight into what the current social distancing restrictions mean for older people, what appropriate support is available for older people who are feeling anxious during the pandemic, and tips around how we can meaningfully engage with older people.

Watch the interview here.

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

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