The Remove Hazards campaign has come to an end, after a three-month focus on creating safe environments as well as looking after your eyesight and feet to reduce the risk of falls and promote healthy ageing among older adults.
The Remove Hazards campaign included events and activities for both health professionals and the wider community including community events in Mandurah and Geraldton and a mass media campaign on television and social media across WA.
The new Check Your Feet video was launched during the Remove Hazards campaign, which showcases practical tips from a Podiatrist for older adults to develop a regular self-care routine to maintain foot health. A new Shoe Safety Checklist was also developed as part of the Remove Hazards campaign, which helps older adults to assess if their shoes are safe.
Three Remove Hazards grants were awarded to the City of Kalamunda, Boyup Brook Community Resource Centre, and Community Vision as part of the Remove Hazards campaign to help support programs aimed at addressing the campaign’s key messages.
The City of Kalamunda developed a Remove Hazards resource for the community, including a directory of local optometrists and podiatrists in the area. They also conducted an environmental audit, which identified falls-related hazards in the community. Hazards that were identified and addressed included management of cords at the Hartfield Park Recreation Centre and the painting of contrasting colour strips on outdoor stairs at the Jack Healey Community Centre.
The campaign may have wrapped up, but your role in falls prevention never stops! Check out our Health Professionals page to find out how you can get involved in preventing falls.
The next Stay On Your Feet® campaign, Move Your Body, launches on 1 March 2021 and will run until the end of May. Stay tuned for more information and remember to keep an eye on the falls prevention eNews to stay up to date about how to get involved.