Falls Prevention With Older People (OCCP5187)


This subject is designed to explore in depth the evidence base for interventions related to intrinsic and extrinsic risk factors for falls in older people. The content will be multifactorial. The unit will also provide an orientation to the conceptual framework and models that underpin falls prevention practice, with an emphasis on community contexts. The written assignment will provide an opportunity to explore and apply relevant theory to a chosen intervention and context in falls prevention.

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Contribution to online discussions and activities (70%), 2000 word assignment (30%)


Clemson L and Swann M, Stepping On: Building Confidence and Reducing Falls. A Community Based Program for Older People (2nd ed), The University of Sydney, Camperdown (2008)
Lord SR, Sherrington C & Menz HB, Falls in Older People. Risk Factors and Strategies for Prevention (2nd ed), Cambridge University Press, Cambridge (2007)

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