Injury Matters will be visiting Geraldton from 2 – 6 November 2020 to raise awareness of injury among community members and health professionals in the Midwest region. Falls are the leading cause of injury in the Midwest. There were 800 falls-related hospitalisations in the Midwest in 2018. Continue reading “MEDIA RELEASE | Injury Matters in Geraldton this November”
Join the Stay On Your Feet® Remove Hazards Campaign to help educate older adults and health and community workers on the importance of creating safe environments as well as looking after their eyesight and feet to prevent falls and promote healthy ageing.
Expressions of Interest are now open for the Move Your Body round of Stay On Your Feet® Move Improve Remove grants. Grants up to $5,000 (plus GST) are available and will fund projects running between 1 March and 31 May 2021. Continue reading “Move Your Body grants are now open!”
Over 50% of falls in WA occur within the home or the immediate home surroundings. Fortunately, there are key things we can do to reduce our risk of having a fall in and around our home.
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”
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!
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”
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!”
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.
Expressions of Interest for the Remove Hazards grants have been extended until 19 June! Grants up to $5,000 (plus GST) are available and will fund projects running between 1 September and 30 November 2020.