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.

Presented by the Centre of Research Excellence in Patient Safety (CRE-PS), this course has been developed by leading falls prevention researchers and health professionals to provide participants with evidence-based practical tools and information on how to design and deliver effective falls prevention exercise programs.

Course outline

8:30am Registration
9:00am – 9:45am The problem of falls and a review of balance systems
– Dr Sze-Ee Soh
9:45am – 10:30am Exercises to improve balance and prevent falls
– Dr Renata Morello
10:30am – 11:00am Morning Tea
11:00am – 11:30am Positive health messages to increase exercise engagement – Dr Darshini Ayton
11:30am – 12:00pm Motivational interviewing
– Dr Elizabeth Pritchard
12:00pm – 12:30pm Strategies to promote adherence to balance exercises
– A/Prof Anne Tiedemann
12:30pm – 1:15pm Lunch
1:15pm – 2:00pm WORKSHOP 1: Importance of balance testing
2:00pm – 2:30pm WORKSHOP 2: Exercises to improve balance and case study discussion
2:30pm – 3:00pm Panel discussion and closing remarks

Who should attend?

Fitness professionals, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, medical practitioners, 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 2 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.