Pre-conference workshops (optional extra)

Sunday 21 November 2.00pm – 4.30pm

St David Lecture Theatre complex
University of Otago, corner of St David and Castle Streets


1. Interpreting the results from falls prevention research

Associate Professor Terry Haines, PhD, BPhysiotherapy(Hons), GCert Health Economics, Monash University, Southern Health & University of Queensland (Honorary), Melbourne

Associate Professor Clare Robertson, PhD, BSc(Hons), BCom, Dunedin School of Medicine, University of Otago

Have you ever read some “researcher speak” in the falls prevention literature that you didn't quite understand? You are not alone. At this workshop, we intend to de-mystify the complex messages from studies on falls and the methods used for analysis.

If you have specific questions or topics you would like covered, please send these to and before 20 October 2010.


2. Motivating older people to take up and adhere to physical activity programmes

Bob Laventure,Dip Phys Ed, BEd, MEd, Director, Later Life Training; Consultant, Older People’s Programme, BHF National Centre, Loughborough University, UK

This workshop will provide an overview of evidence-based theoretical perspectives and practical applications on motivating older people to engage in and maintain regular physical activity. The session will highlight the role of and opportunities for the exercise instructor to motivate older people with differing needs and interests which will include a series of practical strategies designed to increase and sustain motivation and participation. Participants will be given opportunities to practice using these motivational activities and strategies.


3. Implementing environmental interventions to prevent falls

Dr Alison Pighills, PhD, MSc, HPC Occupational Therapist, Clinical Lead for Rehabilitation, Bradford and Airedale Community Health Services, UK

This workshop for occupational therapists and other health professionals will present an overview of the effectiveness of environmental assessment and interventions for preventing falls. The presenter will draw on her research and clinical expertise as a senior occupational therapist to cover both theoretical and practical issues. Topics will include what works and what will facilitate adherence to recommendations.


4. Prescribing exercise to older people

Dr Dawn Skelton, PhD, BSc, Project Co-ordinator of ProFaNE (Prevention of Falls Network Europe); Reader in Ageing and Health, HealthQWest, Glasgow Caledonian University, UK

This workshop will give an insight into the skills needed to lead a group exercise programme and progress home exercise programmes with older people.  It will cover the main adaptations to content and structure (following American College of Sports Medicine guidelines) and the tailoring of exercise to improve risk factors for falls, range of movement and maintain independence.


5. Translating research into practice (TRIP)

Dr Nicholas Waldron, MBChB, FRACP, NHMRC-NICS WA Health Fellow; Clinical Lead, WA Health Falls Prevention Network; Consultant Geriatrician

Associate Professor Jacqueline CT Close, MD, FRCP, FRACP, Consultant Geriatrician, Prince of Wales Hospital; Senior Research Fellow, Prince of Wales Medical Research Institute, University of New South Wales

In recent years widespread deficits in the delivery of quality health care have been highlighted. As a result Translating Research into Practice (TRIP) has gained interest from governments, researchers and public alike. Despite high quality evidence of the efficacy of falls prevention interventions, there is little to suggest widespread adoption of such best practice. This workshop will examine the emergence of “implementation science” and its relevance to health workers, researchers, quality improvement staff and policy makers. Real world examples will be used in addition to the experiences of those attending.