The Move Improve Remove grants program has provided numerous organisations and groups with the opportunity to deliver falls prevention programs among older adults within their community. Learn more about some of our previously funded Move Improve Remove grants below.
Move Your Body
The South West Aboriginal Medical Service were successful in receiving a Move Your Body grant in 2019 to implement the Barang Koorliny (Get Moving) falls prevention program for Aboriginal people aged 45 years and over in Bunbury and the greater Bunbury area.
Through partnerships with local health professionals, the project consisted of two participant focused workshops that educated attendees about how they can address common risk factors relating to falls as well as providing an opportunity to participate in group strength and balance exercises.
To encourage participants to complete strength and balance activities outside of Barang Koorliny, each participant was provided with a booklet containing a weekly schedule of suitable and accessible exercise sessions in the local area and a personalised home exercise program.
A total of 18 participants took part in the Barang Koorliny program across the two workshops, with most participants reporting an increase in falls prevention knowledge. The spirit of friendship and cooperation was the underlying theme of Barang Koorliny and program participants enjoyed the group dynamic as well as valuing the educational aspects and physical exercise demonstrations.
Evaluation was undertaken through video interviews with the participants by SWAMS staff as well as informally yarning with the group. Positive attitudinal changes were noted in participants, such as an increased confidence in overcoming personal barriers, trying new activities, and learning within a social group environment.
The South West Aboriginal Medical Service continues to run Barang Koorliny following the Move Your Body grant period in 2019, with further educational and strength and balance sessions to get the community moving.
The City of Kalamunda successfully received a Remove Hazards grant in 2020 to implement Remove Hazards falls prevention strategies among older adults over the age of 60 years in the City of Kalamunda area. The grant activities consisted of two stages; the development of a Remove Hazards resource for the City of Kalamunda residents and an environmental audit to identify and address falls-related hazards in the community.
The City of Kalamunda developed a comprehensive Remove Hazards resource for the community, incorporating the Remove Hazards campaign key messages and calls to action. The resource provided Remove Hazards information to increase knowledge and awareness of how older adult community members could make their home safer and look after their eyes and feet to reduce their risk of falls. The City of Kalamunda also ensured relevancy of the resource to their residents with a directory of local optometrists and podiatrists in the City of Kalamunda area. The Remove Hazards resource was printed and distributed to seniors health and community groups and services, and an electronic copy was also made available on the City of Kalamunda’s website.
The second part of the grant saw the City of Kalamunda develop a Remove Hazards Slips, Trips & Falls Checklist to assess and identify environmental hazards for falls in the community. The Checklist explored items such as floor surfaces, ramps, obstacles, walkways, stairs and steps, lighting, and signage. The Checklist was used to audit the Hartfield Park Recreation Centre, Kalamunda Library, Forrestfield Library, and Jack Healey Community Centre. This enabled the City of Kalamunda to identify minor falls-hazards and implement environmental changes such as the installation of non-slip mats, contrast tape to distinguish between different flooring types and steps, and the organisation of loose cords.
As a home and community care provider with a large client base of over 65’s, Community Vision identified that their clients were in a higher risk category for falls. Community Vision successfully received a Remove Hazards grant in 2020 to educate and support their client base to get their eyes checked, wear safe footwear, and to use the Stay On Your Feet® Home Safety Checklist as well as build the capacity of their aged and disability home care support workers.
Community Vision partnered with a local optometrist and physiotherapist as well as welcoming Injury Matters as a Stay On Your Feet® guest speaker to deliver a series of three education sessions across their two day centres for a total of 66 of their older adult clients. The sessions provided information and resources to Community Vision clients around Remove Hazards information, in line with the Remove Hazards campaign key messages and calls to action. Stay On Your Feet® resources and a list of local optometrists and podiatrists were additionally mailed out to clients. Participants of the sessions ranged from 81 to 83 years of age and provided feedback that the sessions were valuable and increased their awareness around Remove Hazards falls prevention strategies.
Community Vision also developed a video resource for their clients in partnership with a local Optometrist. The video, Maintaining Healthy Eyes and Preventing Falls was developed and shared with Community Vision’s older adult clients to increase their knowledge around getting their eyes checked and maintaining their eye health to prevent falls.
In addition to providing education for their clients, Community Vision encouraged their Support Workers to complete the two Stay On Your Feet eLearning modules, Introduction to Falls Prevention and Exercise Strategies and Screening for Falls Prevention to further build their capacity in implementing falls prevention strategies with their clients.