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

Dr Shankar Sankaran

Dr. Shankar Sankaran is the Clinical Leader, Whole of Systems, Health of Older People, and a Consultant Geriatrician working for Counties Manukau District Health Board in New Zealand for over 20 years.He is passionate about reducing harm from falls in older people.

He has leadership roles in a whole of systems approach to fragility fracture and falls prevention both at a local level and a national level.                           

His commitment to Falls prevention work started in 2000 in South Auckland, with Quality Health and Sciencefest awards for introducing Falls Risk assessment tool for older patients admitted to Middlemore hospital and showing a 40% reduction in inpatient Falls. He introduced Orthogeriatric Service to Middlemore Hospital in 2000 which is a core component of good quality care for patients with hip fractures.

He has continued to be passionate in this field and currently holds the following leadership roles:

1) Chairman, Reducing Harm from Falls Expert advisory Group, Health Quality & Safety Commission, New Zealand

2) Key Clinical champion and co-chair, NZ Implementation & Management Committee, Australia & NZ Hip Fracture Registry

3) Secondary Care champion and co-chair, Community Falls Prevention, Counties Manukau Health

4) Member, National advisory Group, Improving falls and fracture service outcomes for older people, Accident Compensation corporation/Ministry of Health/Health Quality & Safety commission, NZ.

Shankar has been active in professional societies and governmental organisations both nationally and internationally. He has held various position in the past including Chief Advisor, Health of Older People, Ministry of Health, NZ, Inaugural chairman, interRAI NZ Governance Board, Vice President, NZ Gerontology association, Treasurer, NZ Charitable Trust for Geriatric Medicine and, Federal Council member, Australia and NZ Society of Geriatric Medicine and International member for the Executive committee, Indian Academy of Geriatrics.


Falls and Fragility Fracture outcomes for NZ older people - A Whole of System approach

Gill Hall1, Shankar Sankaran2, Carmela Petagna3

New Zealand’s health system is facing increasing demand for acute treatment and long-term rehabilitation services as a result of an ageing population. Falls are the most common and costly cause of injury in people over 65 years old and are a significant contributing factor to health service demand. Significant gains have been made in addressing hospital falls over recent years; but the challenge is 99% of older person’s falls occur in the community setting where a targeted population focus is required.

The underlying problem is complex as falls in an older age group reflect frailty.  No single funding agency can achieve an integrated service delivery model that delivers consistent and reliable outcomes to older people; a partnership approach across the sector based upon an alliance model is critical.

As part of a national inititiave central agencies are partnering with local health systems, to better support and enable a nation-wide approach to improve falls and fracture service outcomes for older people.

Focussing on population based interventions that have proven effectiveness in the community setting and supported by a national outcomes and best practice framework this initiative has ambitious goals to support older people to live well and independently in their own homes.

The presentation will outline some of the key features of the national approach; empahsising the importance of building a network of clinicians focussed on agreed outcomes aligned with MOH priorities; and will highlight the importance of key enablers such as the hip fracture registry in driving optimal quality in hospital care and prevention of falls and fragility fracutures in the wider community.


1 Accident Compensation Corporation  2 Counties Manukau Health 3 Health, Quality and Safety Commission;

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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