ANZSGM ASM 2017 Older peoples care through Community, Collaboration and Communication 10-12 May 2017 Rotorua New Zealand

Jacqui Close

Jacqui Close is a consultant in Orthogeriatrics at the Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney and Clinical Director of the Falls, Balance and Injury Research Centre at Neuroscience Research Australia. Her primary research areas  is falls in people with cognitive impairment and dementia and particularly the relationship of cognitive function to postural stability, falls and fractures. She also has an epidemiological interest in the impact of falls and injury to health service use and the way in which health services are designed to prevent and manage falls and injury in older people. She sits on a number of State and National committees in relation to Aged Health and is Co-Chair of the ANZ Hip Fracture Registry, and the President of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Geriatric Medicine.


Preventing Falls In Hospital: The Reality Of Translating Research Into Practice

Over the years the number of studies to prevent falls in hospital has increased.  In the last Cochrane review published in 2012, there were a total of 17 trials (29,972 participants) in the hospital setting. The conclusions from this 2012 review suggested that exercise may be effective in the subacute setting and that multifactorial interventions may reduce falls in the general hospital setting. It also concluded that more research was needed to confirm the effectiveness of multifactorial interventions in acute and subacute settings.

Five years later, this presentation will cover the current evidence base to support the prevention of falls in the hospital environment including the largest ever RCT to date of falls prevention in hospitals which was undertaken across a number of sites in Australia . It will then move to the reality of implementing research into everyday practice and the need to be pragmatic, patient and to acknowledge that change in behaviours, attitudes and cultures is not something that lends itself to the traditional randomised controlled trial.

Important Dates

Call for Abstracts open: 25th October 2016

Registration Opens: 18th November 2016

Call for Abstracts Closes: 24th February 2017

Notification of Abstracts: 20th March 2017

Close of Early Registration: 31st March 2017

Conference: 10th May 2017


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