This years Seniors Week was a great success. We were pleased to support three community events between the 8th and 15th of November which provided a great opportunity to chat to community members.
Cynthia and Marleen are two of our wonderful Bunbury volunteers. Read on to learn more about two of our lovely Injury Matters volunteers.
Did you know that good vision helps prevent us from having a fall?
Our vision plays a key role in maintaining our balance and identifying hazards in our environment, so we can navigate around them. Continue reading “Healthy Eyes for Falls Prevention”
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”