Preventing Falls and Harm From Falls in Older People: Best Practice Guidelines for Australian Hospitals, Residential Aged Care Facilities and Community Care 2009 were developed to reduce the number of falls and resulting harm experienced by older people in care. The guidelines provide a consistent national basis for falls prevention.
Please note that the Commission does not make available hard copies of the guidelines and support materials.
The guidelines are designed to inform clinical practice and assist hospitals, residential aged care facilities and community care providers develop and implement practices that reduce the falls experienced by those receiving care and the harm sustained from falls.
The guidelines are in three documents, each one separately addressing a care setting: hospitals, residential aged care facilities and community care.
Click on the care setting of interest to you for access to the guidelines:
A short version, or guidebook, of Preventing Falls and Harm from Falls in Older People: Best Practice Guidelines 2009 is designed for front line health professionals providing care for older patients and those at risk of falling. It contains the critical information from the guidelines needed to reduce the risk of falling by older patients and the harm experienced from falls. Included in the guidebook are key recommendations, good practice points, information on assessing for risk factors and providing interventions, points of interest and case studies. At about 100 pages, the guidebook is a short, practical guide to the larger guidelines (see above).
An implementation guide for hospitals and residential aged care facilities is designed to assist facilities implement the guidelines. Providing practical, step by step implementation advice based on a sound methodology, the guide will assist you implement a falls reduction strategy in your facility.
Falls fact sheets are designed to deliver the key messages from the Guidelines. They describe the roles allied health professionals, nurses, doctors, support staff and health managers have to play in reducing falls.
In addition, a consumer fact sheet provides falls reduction messages for residents, patients and their carers.
Residential aged care facilities
The Commission maintains a register of Falls Prevention Guidelines issues and errata to:
Further detail about the development of the scheme can be found below:
If you find any errors in the guidelines, or experience issues with it during implementation, please send details for inclusion on the register to the Commission at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last updated: 18 May 2015