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Nataliya Shkuratova

Year of Award: 2013 Award State: Victoria Health And Medicine > Aged Care
Health And Medicine > General
The Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation Churchill Fellowship to discover new ways to develop and deliver multidisciplinary falls prevention intervention that can effectively protect older Australians from falls after discharge from hospital - UK, Netherland
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Falls represent a major health problem for the growing population of older Australians as they result in injuries, loss of independence and even death.

The aim of my Fellowship was to travel to the USA, Canada, Netherlands, UK and France to gain knowledge in four important areas: exercise programs for falls management, strategies for translation and implementation of falls prevention evidence into practice, patient’s perceptions of falls interventions and falls interventions for older people with dementia.

To effectively protect older Australians from falling following discharge from hospital falls prevention interventions need to be based on evidence-based research, need to include an effective exercise program and need to take into account perceptions, attitudes and needs of healthy older people and older people with dementia.

It would be beneficial to Australia to further develop the capacity for a state and national falls prevention coalition or networks such as those operated in the USA and in Europe; to further address the issue of integrating falls prevention services for older people and to develop a national falls prevention curriculum.

I will use the knowledge and experiences gained during my Churchill Fellowship trip to develop innovative resources and interventions addressing falls in older people after discharge from hospital. The knowledge and information I have acquired during the trip will be disseminated to the staff of Epworth HealthCare, to members of patient advocacy groups, senior citizens clubs and to health professionals through presentations and workshops as well as via media and in meetings with representatives from relevant state and federal health departments.

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