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MEDIA RELEASE | Injury Matters in Geraldton this November

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.

Community members can enjoy a free morning tea and learn healthy falls-prevention methods before the Melbourne Cup.

WHAT: Remove Hazards Community Event
WHEN: Tuesday, 3 November 2020 at 9:30am – 11:00am
WHERE: QEll Seniors and Community Centre
COST: Free!

RSVP by the 30 October 2020 to Injury Matters on 1300 30 35 40 or via
www.eventbrite.com.au/e/remove-hazards-event-tickets-120942739991

Injury Matters will be hosting a series of free community events and presentations across Geraldton, and the surrounding area as part of the current Stay On Your Feet® falls prevention campaign, Remove Hazards. Delivered in partnership with the WA Country Health Service Midwest, the Remove Hazards event will raise awareness of the importance of creating safe environments as well as looking after your eyesight and feet to prevent falls and promote healthy ageing.

Injury Matters Injury Prevention Manager, Rachel Meade said, “Falls continue to have a large impact on the WA community, behind every number are real people who have had their lives impacted by a fall.”

“1 in 3 people over the age of 65 have a fall each year, with some resulting in serious injury and hospitalisation, but falls are preventable – they don’t just happen. By removing hazards, you can reduce your risk of having a fall,”

“Simple changes such as replacing torn carpets, removing mats, making sure your home is well lit, and wearing supportive footwear can go a long way to preventing falls in and around the home,” said Ms Meade.

Older adults are encouraged to come along to the community event to learn more about how they can maintain their independence by identifying simple hazards around the home. Find out more about the Stay On Your Feet® program and learn how to prevent falls at www.stayonyourfeet.com.au

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

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Government of Western Australia Department of Health Injury Matters
Injury Matters acknowledge the Whadjuk Noongar people as the traditional custodians of the land on which we live and work, and recognises Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples continuing connection to land, waters and community across Western Australia.