Falls are one of the largest causes of harm in health care and are a national safety and quality priority. The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (the Commission) assists health services to reduce the number of falls, and the resulting patient harm, through a number of national initiatives.
Preventing Falls and Harm From Falls in Older People: Best Practice Guidelines for Australian Hospitals, Residential Aged Care Facilities and Community Care 2009 was developed to reduce the number of falls experienced by older people in care and the harm endured from them. The guidelines provide a consistent national basis for falls prevention. A short version or guidebook is also available, and fact sheets deliver the key messages from the guidelines.
Links to latest falls prevention research and practice organisations, including information from state and territory health departments.
Last update: 18 May 2015