Falls prevention

Falls are a significant cause of potential harm in health care, and are a national safety and quality priority.

Identifying and managing the risk of harm from falls forms part of the Comprehensive Care Standard. 

NSQHS Standards (first edition)

The first edition of the NSQHS Standards included a Standard specifically related to preventing falls. A range of guiding materials were developed to support implementation of the Falls Standard including:

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Preventing Falls and Harm from Falls in Older People: Best Practice Guidelines 2009

The Commission has also developed best practice guidelines for Australian Hospitals, Residential Aged Care Facilities and Community Care to help reduce the number of falls and resulting harm experienced by older people in care. 

Guidebook for Preventing Falls and Harm from Falls in Older People

A short version, or guidebook was also developed: