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COVID-19, social isolation and health ageing: How can we support older people?

COVID-19 impacts everyone and has changed the way that people live, work and communicate, with older adults also having an increased risk for complications from COVID-19.

Last week Rachel Meade, Injury Prevention Manager at Injury Matters, sat down (virtually) with Dr Julie Dare from Edith Cowan University to talk about the impact of COVID-19, social isolation and how people working with older adults can continue to provide support and promote healthy ageing within the context of the pandemic.

“Everybody as a community needs to think about how they’re staying in touch with their older friends, relatives or neighbour.”           Dr Julie Dare

Tune in and hear Julie’s insight into what the current social distancing restrictions mean for older people, what appropriate support is available for older people who are feeling anxious during the pandemic, and tips around how we can meaningfully engage with older people.

Watch the interview here.

Tai Chi for Arthritis for Falls Prevention

Would you like to deliver Tai Chi for Arthritis to older adults?

Tai Chi for Arthritis is a program designed by Dr Paul Lam and a team of medical specialists and tai chi experts. Based on the Sun style of tai chi, Tai Chi for Arthritis is easy to learn, effective and safe. Tai Chi for Arthritis is an evidence based program which works to prevent falls through improving balance, confidence and muscular strength in older adults.

During the workshop, you will learn:

  • The essential principles of tai chi
  • How tai chi improves health and arthritis
  • The Tai Chi for Arthritis set
  • How to teach the program effectively and safely using Dr Paul Lam’s stepwise progressive teaching method

This year we are also offering Tai Chi for Arthritis Part 2 which teaches nine new movements. Tai Chi for Arthritis Part 2 is suitable for those who have completed the original Tai Chi for Arthritis program (on either 17/18 November or a previous training) and are looking for a more challenging course.

Previous attendees of Tai Chi for Arthritis will have the opportunity to update their two-yearly certification by attending the course on Saturday 18 November.

Dates and fees

Friday 17 – Sunday 19 November  2017
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Morning tea and lunch provided

  • Tai Chi for Arthritis Part 1 – 2 day course (17 – 18 November) – $400
  • Tai Chi for Arthritis Part 2 – 1 day course (19 November) – $200
    Part 2 can be combined with both part 1 and the certificate update
  • Tai Chi for Arthritis Part 1 and 2 – 3 day course (17 – 19 November) – $550 **Combined ticket available at a discounted rate**
  • Tai Chi for Arthritis Certificate Update only – 1 day course (18 November) – $200


City West Lotteries House
2 Delhi St
West Perth, WA 600

Who is eligible to attend this training?

Everyone is welcome to attend the training, however only participants with relevant qualifications are eligible for certification as an instructor. Participants who wish to qualify as a Tai Chi for Arthritis Instructor with Dr Paul Lam’s Tai Chi for Health Institute must meet certain requirements. Interested participants will need to register to become a board certified instructor and pay an administrative fee of $25. Full details on the requirements for instructor’s certification can be found here.

About the presenter:

Rani Hughes, is an occupational therapist and master trainer in the Tai Chi for Arthritis, Tai Chi for Rehabilitation, Tai Chi for Diabetes, Tai Chi for Osteoporosis, and Tai Chi for Kids programs. She has taught tai chi for over fifteen years to a diverse range of people including people with arthritis, diabetes and children.

Download the event flyer.

To register, click here.


For more information, phone 1300 30 35 40 or email

Stay On Your Feet WA® is provided by Injury Matters and funded by the State Government through the Department of Health.

Introduction to the Lifestyle-Integrated Functional Exercise (LiFE) and Otago Exercise Programs

Are you a physiotherapist, occupational therapist or exercise physiologist working with older adults? Are you looking to deliver an exercise program proven to prevent falls?

Attend this one-day intensive workshop, delivered by senior physiotherapist and falls specialist, Tony Petta, to learn about the LiFE and Otago programs and to acquire the skills and confidence to implement these programs with at risk clients in your clinical practice.

This workshop provides the opportunity to:

  • Learn the strength and balance principles of the LiFE and Otago programs
  • Acquire the skills and confidence to deliver the LiFE and Otago programs; including assessing participants, tailoring the program and ensuring exercises are performed safely
  • Increase your ability to be able to provide effective feedback and motivate LiFE and Otago program participants
  • Share your experience and knowledge with other clinicians in implementing exercise and activity programs when working with older adults at risk of falling.

About the Lifestyle-Integrated Functional Exercise (LiFE) Program:

The LiFE program is a novel approach to exercise which aims to embed balance and strength activities within the everyday tasks of the older person. The program is best targeted towards older adults who are at risk of falling or have previously fallen and who do not have a significant cognitive impairment that would impact on their ability to exercise safely whilst unsupervised.

About the Otago Exercise Program

The Otago Exercise program is an individually tailored, home based balance and strength falls prevention program delivered to older adults by a trained instructor. The program has shown to be effective in reducing the number of falls and number of injuries resulting from falls. The Otago Exercise program is most effective and best targeted towards older adults at highest risk, including those over 80 years of age and those who have previously fallen.1

About your instructor

Tony Petta is a senior physiotherapist working in falls prevention at the Department of Rehabilitation and Aged Care Unit, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital. His clinical interest predominantly focuses on working with people over 65 years within the community and residential aged care setting. Tony has over 25 years of experience in the tertiary health care system.


$285.00 + GST
Fee includes the LiFE Trainer and Participant’s Manual to Prevent Falls


Mandurah Aquatic and Recreation Centre
303 Pinjarra Rd
Mandurah, WA 6210

Date & Time

Friday  20 October 2017
8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Morning tea and lunch provided


For more information, phone 1300 30 35 40 or email Click here to download the event flyer.

To register, click here.

Stay On Your Feet WA® is provided by Injury Matters and funded by the State Government through the Department of Health.

1.  Robertson, M. C., Devlin, N., Gardner, M. M., & Campbell, A. J. (2001). Effectiveness and economic evaluation of a nurse delivered   home exercise programme to prevent falls. 1: Randomised controlled trial. BMJ322 (7288), 697.

Active Balance Workshop

Are you a therapy assistant or activity coordinator working with older adults in the community or supporting an Allied Health therapist in their role? Are you a gym instructor or group exercise leader in the community working with older adults?

Would you like to learn more about the importance of balance and what you can do? If yes, then why not attend the Stay On Your Feet® Active Balance?

This workshop will provide you with insight into the incidence and impact of falls, how ageing affects balance, as well as explore evidence-based exercise strategies that you can incorporate into your existing programs to support older adults to improve their balance and prevent falls.


$50.00 + GST


Geographe Leisure Centre
Queen Elizabeth Avenue and Recreation Lane
West Busselton, WA 6280

Date & Time

Friday 8 September 2017
10:30 am – 3:00 pm
Morning tea provided


For further details on the course outline, please contact Sonya Clark via email at Click here to download the event flyer.

To register, click here.

Stay On Your Feet WA® is provided by Injury Matters and funded by the State Government through the Department of Health.

Build Your Balance Launch

Join us at the launch of the new Stay On Your Feet® Build Your Balance campaign and participate in the Wheatbelt’s biggest senior Stay Active class. Hosted in conjunction with Southern Wheatbelt Primary Health, the event celebrates 20 years of Stay Active classes in the Wheatbelt and recognises the dedicated Stay Active volunteers. With an array of exciting activities taking place, come along on the day to:

  • Find out why balance is important to keep you strong and independent
  • Have your balance tested
  • Take part in a tai chi class
  • Enjoy a free lunch!


Free of charge


John Higgins Centre, Narrogin

Date & Time

Friday  1 September 2017
10:00 am – 1:30 pm


Please RSVP to Paige at Southern Wheatbelt Primary Health on (08) 9881 0385 or email Click here to download the event flyer.

Stay On Your Feet WA® is provided by Injury Matters and funded by the State Government through the Department of Health.

Stay On Your Feet® is provided by Injury Matters and funded by the Western Australian Department of Health.

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