Optimising Exercise Programs for Older People to Improve Balance and Prevent Falls

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.

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Course date

2022 TBC

Course delivery

In person, at:
Monash Public Health
and Preventive Medicine
553 St Kilda Road
Melbourne VIC 3004

Program contact


Phone: +61 3 9903 0289

Terms and Conditions

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.

Learning objectives

  • Understand the prevalence and consequences of falls in the Australian community
  • Identify the intrinsic and extrinsic risk factors for falls
  • Describe the balance systems of the human body
  • Recognise the importance of balance testing and its role in falls prevention
  • Discuss the safety considerations associated with balance testing
  • Describe the goals of balance exercise programs
  • Identify the key ingredients of effective programs
  • Describe public health models of communication and marketing that can be adopted in promoting participation in falls prevention activities for older Australians
  • Review case study examples of how positive health messages have been embedded in physical activity programs for older Australians

Course outline

  • Introduction and the problem of falls – A/Prof Anna Barker
  • Balance systems and how to measure balance – Dr Sze-Ee Soh
  • Exercises to improve balance and prevent falls – Dr Renata Morello
  • Positive health messages to increase exercise engagement – Dr Darshini Ayton
  • Strategies to promote adherence to balance exercises – A/Prof Anne Tiedemann
  • Falls play: adding variety into falls exercise programs – Sally Castell
  • Panel discussion

Who should attend?

This course is suitable for fitness professionals, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, health promotion practitioners, fitness educators, health educators, researchers, and academics.


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

This course is accredited with Fitness Australia for 4 CEC points.

Course facilitator

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.