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Introduction to ‘Stepping On’: Falls Prevention Program – Train the Trainer (Perth)

September 11, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Falls Prevention Program presented by the WA Division of Occupational Therapy Australia in partnership with the Injury Control Council of Western Australia.

This introductory workshop is open to Occupational Therapists of all levels along with other Allied Health Professionals including Physiotherapists, Nurses and Aged Care workers. It will equip attendees to run community based Stepping On program, in particular for participants who meet the following criteria:

  • older people who have had a fall in the past year or have a fear of falling
  • independent with or without a walking stick
  • cognitively intact
  • able to speak conversational language in which the group is facilitated.

Why attend?

Stepping On is evidence based and demonstrates a 30% reduction in falls in the community (Clemson, Swann. 2008). The workshop will be facilitated by Megan Swann, the co-author of the Stepping On program, and and co-facilitated by Nadia Williams, OT, an experienced Allied Health trainer.
Few randomized controlled trials for falls prevention have been translated from research to community based programs. Stepping On is one of the programs that has been shown to be effective at reducing falls, has been translated from the original research to a community based program, and has maintained fidelity to the original program. When deciding on spending money for prevention, one of the main considerations is the cost-savings that the program is anticipated to provide. An effective falls prevention program should have benefit for both direct costs and indirect costs. Stepping On has 100% return on investment, meaning every dollar spent results in a dollar saved in direct medical costs.
Carande-Kulis VG, Stevens J, Beattie BL, Arias I.The business case for interventions to prevent fall injuries in older adults.Injury Prevention.2010;16:A249-A249

Mode of Delivery:

This program is delivered in a combination of pre-reading which must be completed prior to the workshop and a face-to-face workshop, involving small groups and network building.

Workshop Outcomes:

  • Planning and implementing Stepping On programs
  • Using the Stepping On manual as a resource for the program
  • Key evidence-based prevention strategies to enable older people to reduce their risk if falling
  • How to resource and up-skill experts and incorporate other community resources
  • Understand the importance of building trust and cohesiveness amongst group participants and using the group as a learning environment.
  • Understand how to set homework in ways that participants will practise and implement targeted behaviours in everyday lives.


$390 normal rate
Registrations close Friday, 25 August 2017.


The Boulevard Centre,
99 The Blvd, Floreat, WA

Date & Time

Monday 11 September
9:00am – 4:30pm
Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be provided.

CPD hours

By attending this CPD event, members will be able to claim 6.0 hours towards their CPD requirements. Members will automatically have their points recorded on their PD Tracker.


All information is correct at the time of publication. OTA WA Division reserves the right to alter or delete items from the CPD calendar as circumstances dictate, and takes no responsibility for any errors, omissions and changes.


For more information and assistance please contact the WA Division at or on 08 9429 8821.

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Occupational Therapy Australia
08 9429 8821


The Boulevard Centre
99 The Boulevard
Floreat, Western Australia 6014 Australia
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