Pre Conference Workshops

Pre Conference Workshops will be held on Sunday 18th November, from 1.00pm – 4.00pm. These are an optional extra, and are not included in any registration fees. The cost to attend a workshop is $80, and includes afternoon tea. Only one workshop can be selected, as all workshops run at the same time in different rooms. All workshops will be held at the Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart. Please book via the conference registration form



A. Implementing fall prevention in general practice – using the iSOLVE decision tool and resources


Prof Lindy Clemson, Professor in Ageing & Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Health Sciences, The University of Sydney, NSW
Assoc Prof Lynette Mackenzie, Associate Professor in Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Health Sciences, The University of Sydney, NSW
Dr Amy Tan, Faculty of Health Sciences, The University of Sydney, NSW
Dr Jeannine Liddle, Faculty of Health Sciences, The University of Sydney, NSW

Workshop aim:

The workshop aims to share and discuss learnings and experiences from the iSOLVE project in implementing fall prevention in general practice (GP) settings.

 Workshop objectives:

  • To present the iSOLVE decision tool and resources
  • To discuss processes and tips on implementing fall prevention in general practice
  • To discuss and address challenges in implementing fall prevention in general practice

 Target audience:

  • General Practitioners and General practice nurses
  • Primary health organisations
  • Primary care health providers
  • Primary Health Networks

Description of workshop content and activities:

This workshop will explore and reflect on the iSOLVE implementation project, which is an NHMRC funded study in partnership with the Sydney North Primary Health Network and the NSW Clinical Excellence Commission. The team have developed a process for GP practices to identify older people at risk of falling and provides an evidence-based, tailored and efficient process to manage patient’s fall risk. At the workshop we will discuss the role of GPs and Practice nurses in fall prevention, provide an outline of the implementation strategies, and an overview of the iSOLVE decision tool, resources and educational options. The workshop will also introduce a free online decision tool and utilise case studies to demonstrate how to identify risk factors and how to tailor fall management for patients. In addition, we will provide examples of the roles of health professionals in fall prevention and how to utilise effective referral strategies. We will explore personal assumptions about fall prevention, as well as tips in how to integrate the iSOLVE processes within the GP workflow and practice systems. Overall, this is an interactive workshop that will include exploration of iSOLVE tools and resources developed as part of the project, with opportunity for discussion and reflection upon the above topics.

B. A multidisciplinary approach to dizziness in older people


Dr Jasmine Menant, Falls, Balance and Injury Research Group, NeuRA; School of Public Health and Community Medicine, UNSW Medicine
Ms Daniela Meinrath, Department of Physiotherapy, Prince of Wales Hospital, Randwick; Sydney Vestibular Physiotherapy, Prince of Wales Hospital, Randwick, NSW
A/Prof Mark Latt, Department of General, Geriatric and Rehabilitation Medicine, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Camperdown, NSW; Sydney Medical School, Central Clinical School, The University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW
A/Prof Kim Delbaere, Falls, Balance and Injury Research Group, NeuRA; School of Public Health and Community Medicine, UNSW Medicine. Randwick, NSW

Workshop aim:

Dizziness is a commonly reported symptom in middle-aged and older people. Although most often benign, dizziness can severely impact on quality of life and is also one of many risk factors for falls in older people. Dizziness becomes increasingly multifactorial with ageing. It is therefore crucial to consider the most commonly reported causes, i-e psychosomatic, cardiovascular, medication-related, vestibular, sensorimotor functions and balance, and their interplay. A multifactorial assessment followed by a tailored, evidence-based multifaceted intervention has shown to improve dizziness-related quality of life; this in turn may reduce fall risk.

The workshop will aim to bring an awareness of the most common causes of dizziness, their clinical assessment / evaluation and evidence-based interventions. It will involve a series of focused talks and practical sessions delivered by experts clinicians and researchers in the fields of falls prevention, balance control, geriatric medicine, vestibular assessment and rehabilitation, psychology and fear of falling, from NeuRA, The University of New South Wales, the University of Sydney, the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and the Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney.

 Target audience:

The workshop is aimed at healthcare professionals, working with older people and /or involved in balance assessments and falls prevention in older people.

Description of workshop content and activities:

The workshop will cover the following areas:

  1. Research update on dizziness, its relationship with balance and falls in older people, interventions (Dr Jasmine Menant)
  2. Vestibular function of dizziness- demonstration of clinical tests and interpretation of results, vestibular rehabilitation principles (Ms Daniela Meinrath)
  3. Cardiovascular function, geriatric medicine, medications, practical tips (A/Prof Mark Latt)
  4. Anxiety, psychosomatic aspects of dizziness, assessments and interventions (A/Prof Kim Delbaere)
C. Reading falls research: workshop for health practitioners and policy makers


Professor Cathie Sherrington, School of Public Health, The University of Sydney, Sydney
A/Prof Anne Tiedemann, School of Public Health, The University of Sydney, Sydney

Workshop aim and objectives:

This workshop aims to help clinicians and policy makers read and evaluate articles about falls. The objectives are that by the end of the workshop participants will be able to:

  1. identify common types of research questions in the falls field
  2. identify common research designs in the falls field
  3. establish the question and design of an article and assess whether the article reports a study with an appropriate design for the question asked
  4. identify methodological features of cohort studies, randomised trials and systematic reviews that make the findings more believable
  5. assess methodological features of cohort studies, randomised trials and systematic reviews reported in journal articles.

Target audience:

Health practitioners (eg, clinicians and health promotion staff) and policy makers.

Description of workshop content and activities:

This workshop will involve a mix of lectures and small group sessions reading journal articles. Additional tutors will be recruited dependent on participant numbers.

D. Fall Play – adding variety into falls exercise programs


Sally Castell, Movement Matters – Older Adult Health, Fitness & Exercise Consultancy, Sydney, NSW

Workshop aim:

To provide a 3 hour “hands on” practical application workshop based on current research relating to falls prevention issues. The workshop will provide practitioners with a variety of ideas and practical ways that can be implemented in appropriately graded falls prevention exercise programs.  

Workshop objectives:

  • Provide the base of information concerning falls prevention exercise programming principles (according to participants needs and abilities)
  • Provide a bank of appropriate graded exercises related to reducing falls risk

To help build and expand community exercise involvement as an outcome using the ideas based from the training

Target audience:

Health and fitness professionals involved in undertaking exercise programs for people aiming to reduce their risk of falls and related injuries

Description of workshop content and activities:

Much research is being carried out to understand all the complex issues relating to falls risks and then applying it at the “coal face level”. Gaps are still present between theory and practical application for those at risk to benefit from the studies.  One relevant area is exercise programming and practical application for the different target groups and settings. This session aims to provide “hands on” practical applications based on current research.

Theoretical discussion

  • An overview concerning programming and planning in relation to falls prevention
  • Getting the target group(s) involved – teaching, communicating, relating and supporting

Practical application

Provide a variety of graded activities, routines and use of equipment. Examples

  • Basic foundations – individual, pair and group work, grading
  • Variety – use of simple equipment; recreation; types of activities
E. Exercise to prevent falls – using strength and balance training to prevent falls and improve quality of life


Prof Andrew Hills, Associate Dean at University of Tasmania

Jennie Hewitt, Physiotherpaist, Positive Living Coordinator, Feros Care, Coolangatta, QLD

Craig Wilson, Allied Health Team Leader / Physiotherapist, Churches of Christ Care, Buckingham Gardens Aged Care Service, Alexandra Hills, QLD

Workshop overview:

“Active Ageing” and “Exercise is Medicine” are concepts that aim to provide all with a long life of active, independent quality living. The evidence is clear; From cognitive function to falls prevention, physical exercise and resistance training can aid in slowing down the ageing process.

With wellness and health centres now available in a variety of aged care settings – nursing homes, day therapy centres and retirement villages, people with a wide range of abilities can benefit from the active ageing exercise concepts. However, the processes of setting up and running a successful program require knowledge and collaboration from all parts of the care chain: Managers with vision, wellness directors with knowledge, clinicians with skills and all with a passion, mission and belief.

Recent exercise intervention studies (Hetherington et al. 2018, Hewitt et al. 2018, Hewitt et al. 2014, Keogh et al. 2016) have used exercise protocols of balance and resistance training. The targeted, individual exercise programs included 200+ individuals in community and residential care settings and used clinical tests for outcome measures. The results are clear on the increase of strength and the reduction of falls, but also show that targeted exercise interventions reduce frailty and improve physical performance therefore also improving balance confidence.

These intervention studies defined and investigated targeted exercise protocols and therefore directly relate to clinical practice delivery. In this workshop the protocols of these studies are being translated to practice by the authors.

Workshop aim:

To present the current evidence-based exercise protocols of strength and balance training for older ages. The workshop will cover the protocols of two published studies (MUAD and SUNBEAM) and will go through the exercises used as presented in the studies. The workshop will also discuss the evidence of exercise principles to gain maximum effect in different population groups.

This workshop will showcase evidence from experienced researchers, but also have significant practical implications and highlight the multiple interacting and complicated factors that determine program success such as mission statement, funding model, centre setting and environment. The presenters will address barriers on exercise participation, will discuss how to set a successful program, how to run high level balance classes in a vulnerable setting and also extensively discuss ideas to maintain interest and attendance of exercise interventions.

The presenters of this workshop are experienced clinicians and researchers in active aging with background in community and residential care. They will share their knowledge in a multiformat workshop consisting of lectures, client stories, clinical workshops and brainstorming.

Target audience:

All allied health staff, care managers and management decision makers.

Key Dates

Program: Available August 2018
'Early' Registration Deadline:
Friday 14th September
Accommodation Booking Deadline:
Friday 12th October