Local falls prevention project wins award

Local falls prevention project wins award
12 May 2021

Kwinana Falls Prevention Project recognised for its contribution to create a safer WA.

The City of Kwinana and the South Metropolitan Health Service provide falls prevention workshops to promote healthy ageing and prevent slips, trips and falls.

These workshops tap into the expertise of local health professionals including an exercise physiologist, nutritionist and pharmacists.

The 2021 Injury Matters Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion Awards recognised individuals and organisations conducting activities to prevent and reduce the impact of injury.

In March, Injury Matters gave the Kwinana project an award for Outstanding Achievement by a Local Government in Injury Prevention or Recovery Support.

City of Kwinana Mayor Carol Adams said it was important to reflect and celebrate what this partnership had achieved.

“We’re delighted to partner with the South Metropolitan Health Service and be recognised for our contribution to help older adults stay on their feet as well as prevent falls and minimise the risk of falls,” Mayor Adams said.

“Falls and fall-related injuries are the leading cause of injury hospitalisation for older adults in the Kwinana community.”

South Metropolitan Health Service Health Promotion Manager Richard Crane said this award recognised the commitment by the City of Kwinana in reducing preventable falls and falls-related injuries.

“Effective injury prevention and safety promotion initiatives were essential for improving the overall health and wellbeing of Western Australians; however, these efforts could often go unrecognised,” Mr Crane said.

Stay On Your Feet® is WA’s leading falls prevention program for older adults, which aims to reduce falls and fall-related injuries while encouraging confidence in independent living. For more information and resources on falls prevention visit: www.stayonyourfeet.com.au