Vitamin D study

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Researchers from the University of Sydney, as part of the Cognitive Decline Partnership Centre research program, examined the implementation of vitamin D supplements in Australian residential aged care facilities to reduce falls.

As part of the study a number of educational resources have been made available to educate relevant groups including GPs and pharmacists, aged care facility staff, residents and their families to support and facilitate the uptake of vitamin D supplement use by residents. Resources specific to each of these groups can be found under each relevant link at the bottom of this page.

What we did

See the below links for more information about the ViDAus study and why
vitamin D supplements are important to prevent falls for residents in aged care homes.

Brief information about the study

Introductory Newsletter for participating facilities

Results of the study

Final Summary Report: Focus on the implementation of vitamin D
supplements in Australian Residential Aged Care Facilities (RACFs)

Information for GPS and pharmacists

General practitioners and pharmacists play an important role in ensuring falls risk is minimised among residents living in aged care homes.

This link provides additional resources on the use of Vitamin D

Resources for GPs, pharmacists and allied health

Information for Aged Care Facility Managers and Staff

Residential aged care homes have a responsibility to ensure strategies are adopted to minimise the risk of residents sustaining a fall.

Here is a link to resources that may be beneficial on Vitamin D use in aged care facilities

Resources for Aged Care Managers

Resources for Aged Care Staff

Information for residents and families

Older people living in aged care homes are at high risk of falls. Having a fall or sustaining an injury from a fall can have serious consequences on health and quality of life. Older people are also at high risk of vitamin D deficiency.

Click on the different links below for more information on vitamin D.

Resources for residents and families