Post Fall Multidisciplinary Management Guidelines and Tools

Falls and falls-related injuries cause substantial morbidity and mortality among older Australians. The hospital setting is associated with an increased risk of falling among older people due to additional falls risk factors from illness and to being in an unfamiliar environment.

The Post Fall Multidisciplinary Management Guidelines for Western Australian Health Care Settings 2018 (PDF 681KB) | (Word 763KB) provide evidence-based guidance for use by all health professionals to reduce the risk of further falls and harm from falls. They contain specific clinical guidelines to guide post fall care for nursing, medical, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, and pharmacy health professionals.

The Guidelines apply to general adult in-patients who have sustained a fall in any WA health hospital, health service or multi-purpose site.

Highlights of the Guidelines

Tools

How the Guidelines were developed

The previous Post Fall Management Guidelines (2013) and current evidence were reviewed by a multidisciplinary group of health professionals from across public, private and rural/metropolitan facilities in WA. Each guideline was developed by a discipline-specific group and in consultation with all members of the working party. This method ensured the guidelines were evidenced based, practical and applicable. 

Two electronic surveys provided essential feedback from consumers and health professionals and Aboriginal health workers from health care facilities both public and private across WA.

Contact

Falls Management
Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital | Level 1, A Block | 
Hospital Avenue, NEDLANDS WA 6009
Falls.ManagementWA@health.wa.gov.au

Last reviewed: 17-08-2018