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Implementing falls prevention research into policy and practice: an overview of a new National Health and Medical Research Council Partnership Grant

Stephen R. Lord A C , Kim Delbaere A , Anne Tiedemann B , Stuart T. Smith A and Daina L. Sturnieks A

A Falls and Balance Research Group, Neuroscience Research Australia, The University of New South Wales

B The George Institute for International Health

C Corresponding author. Email: s.lord@neura.edu.au

NSW Public Health Bulletin 22(4) 84-87 http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/NB10058
Published: 2 June 2011

Abstract

Preventing falls and fall-related injuries among older people is an urgent public health challenge. This paper provides an overview of the background to and research planned for a 5-year National Health and Medical Research Council Partnership Grant on implementing falls prevention research findings into policy and practice. This program represents a partnership between key Australian falls prevention researchers, policy makers and information technology companies which aims to: (1) fill gaps in evidence relating to the prevention of falls in older people, involving new research studies of risk factor assessment and interventions for falls prevention; (2) translate evidence into policy and practice, examining the usefulness of new risk-identification tools in clinical practice; and (3) disseminate evidence to health professionals working with older people, via presentations, new evidence-based guidelines, improved resources and learning tools, to improve the workforce capacity to prevent falls and associated injuries in the future.


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