Optimising exercise programs for older people to improve balance and prevent falls


Due to the ageing population, there is a growing demand for health and fitness professionals to deliver effective exercise programs to promote health and prevent falls in older people. However, engaging and sustaining older people’s participation in falls prevention exercise programs is a continual challenge.

This course has been developed by leading falls prevention researchers and health professionals to address these challenges. It will provide participants with evidence-based practical tools and information on how to design and deliver effective falls prevention exercise programs. Participants will gain practical skills on how to assess and design exercises to improve balance, as well as strategies such as positive health messaging to promote adherence to balance exercises. The course will also include an interactive workshop on how to add variety into balance exercise programs.

Course outline

8:30am–9:00am Registration
9:00am–9:30am Introduction and the problem of falls
Associate Professor Anna Barker
9:30am–10:30am Balance systems and how to measure balance
Dr Sze-Ee Soh
10:30am–10:50am Morning Tea
10:50am–11:30am Exercises to improve balance and prevent falls
Dr Renata Morello
11:30am–12:00pm Positive health messages to increase exercise engagement – Dr Darshini Ayton
12:00pm–12:30pm Strategies to promote adherence to balance exercises
Associate Professor Anne Tiedemann
12:30pm–1:15pm Lunch
1:15pm–3:30pm Falls play: adding variety into falls exercise programs
Sally Castell
3:30pm–4:00pm Panel discussion and closing remarks

Who should attend?

  • Fitness professionals
  • Physiotherapists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Health promotion practitioners
  • Fitness educators
  • Health educators
  • Researchers
  • Academics

This course is accredited with Physical Activity Australia for 2 PDP points.
This course is accredited with Fitness Australia for 4 CEC points.

While the information contained herein was correct at the date of publication, Monash University reserves the right to alter procedures, fees and regulations should the need arise.