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Exercise for preventing falls in older age

This continuing education program will equip exercise professionals (Exercise Physiologists, Physiotherapists and other allied health professionals) with important information to guide the provision of appropriate falls prevention exercise programs for older people. Topics to be covered include the social and economic issues of falls, risk factors for falls, physiological consequences of ageing, biomechanical and physiological principles of balance, and effective falls prevention strategies.

Prerequisite knowledge of the principles of exercise prescription is assumed, as the program is targeted at graduates and working professionals. In undertaking the program, participants will be trained to develop safe and efficacious community exercise programs for older adults that are designed in a manner to maximise uptake and adherence of those populations who stand to most benefit from exercise. Through structured learning tasks across a number of different learning formats, participants will acquire the knowledge and ability to identify, develop, demonstrate and implement evidence-based exercise interventions designed to enhance physical and functional capacity and prevent falls and fall related injury.

Presented by A/Prof Anne Tiedemann and Dr Daina Sturnieks:

A/Prof Anne Tiedemannis a Senior Research Fellow at The George Institute for Global Health, Sydney and The University of Sydney. She works in the field of falls and balance research in older people. Her PhD research, completed in 2007, concerned the development of a validated falls risk assessment suitable for use in clinical settings. Anne’s areas of particular interest include risk factors for falling, the measurement of these risk factors in clinical settings, exercise for the prevention of falls in older people and maximising exercise adherence.

Dr Daina Sturnieks is a Senior Research Officer at Neuroscience Research Australia (formerly Prince of Wales Medical Research Institute) and Laboratory Manager of the Falls and Balance Research Group. Daina completed a PhD at the University of Western Australia in Biomechanics, studying arthritis and gait patterns. Her current research activities are focused on understanding human balance and include various aspects of sensory and motor contributions.

Course schedule

2017 Dates TBA  




Workshop attendance costs $150 + GST.

Contact details

For more information or to enrol, please contact the provider using the below details:

The George Institute for Global Health
Kate Purcell
Ph: 02 8052 4474