Stay On Your Feet® runs two, three-month Move Improve Remove campaigns every year. For each campaign, a total of $15,000 and up to $5,000 per grant, is awarded to successful applicants.
Each campaign aims to raise awareness of a risk factor to reduce falls in older adults living in the community. Key target audiences are non-Aboriginal people aged 60+ years and Aboriginal people aged 45+ years.
Check Your Medicines Grants
The Check Your Medicines campaign aims to raise awareness of the importance of checking your medicines as a strategy to reduce falls in older adults living in the community. Key target audiences are non-Aboriginal people aged 60+ years and Aboriginal people aged 45+ years.
The Check Your Medicines campaign runs from 1 February 2019 – 30 April 2019 and encourages older adults to stay healthy and independent by managing their medications. This includes knowing their medicines and the side effects which may cause a fall, being aware of taking multiple medications and reducing the use of sleeping tablets.
Two grants were awarded as part of the Check Your Medicines campaign, with Canning Vale Medical Centre and the City of Armadale both running events with a focus on managing medications and preventing falls. The grants program aims to support community focused programs which address the campaigns’ key messages and calls to action.
Canning Vale Medical Centre are delivering two health education sessions, for both community members and health professionals. The falls prevention education day for community members is a collaboration of health organisations, services and speakers all highlighting the importance of checking your medicines as well as tips on how to manage your medications.
The health professional education session is delivered for nurses in the clinic and has a focus on the effect of medication on the older adult and the increased risk of having a fall. With guest speakers including a falls prevention specialist and geriatrician, the information session will assist nurses in identifying risk factors and questionnaires for falls assessments and referring for medication reviews.
The City of Armadale are holding a Check Your Medicines seminar, with keynote speakers including a community pharmacist and geriatrician, both from local services in the Armadale area. The seminar, targeting older adults living in the Armadale community will focus on some of the side effects medications may cause and their association with falls. Special attention will be paid to sleeping pill medications and falls which occur at night and in the early morning. Participants will be given information on good sleep hygiene practices as an alternative option to sleeping pills and will be encouraged to speak to their pharmacist for a medicine check.