Past projects and research

6-PACK Cluster RCT: The 6-PACK program to decrease falls and fall-related injuries in acute hospitals

Funded by the NHMRC, this cluster randomised controlled trial aims to test the 6-PACK falls prevention program – a targeted, nurse-delivered, falls prevention program – in acute hospital wards. It consists of a nurse assessment of a patient's risk using a nine-item risk assessment tool, and the delivery of one or more of the six 6-PACK interventions applied to patients classified as high falls risk.

For more information about the 6-PACK falls prevention project, download the 6-PACK brochure and the 6-PACK snapshot report.

The results of the 6-PACK Cluster RCT can be found here.

A full list of publications from the 6-PACK project, including a study on the cost of falls, can be found below:

Personal Alert Victoria (PAV) project: Understanding and reducing falls and fall-related harm among PAV clients

Funded by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services this project will provide information to inform in the targeting and tailoring of falls prevention interventions for PAV clients within existing service models.

Waves Evaluation: An evaluation of the Arthritis and Osteoporosis Victoria Warm Water Exercise Program

Funded by Arthritis and Osteoporosis Victoria, this observational evaluation of the Arthritis and Osteoporosis Victoria Warm Water Exercise Program (Waves) aims to identify the impact of the Waves program on key self-reported measures of pain, function, stiffness and quality of life in people with musculoskeletal conditions. The final report for this project can be found here.

Pilates: Fitness fad or next frontier in falls prevention and bone health?

Funded by Monash University, this pilot randomised controlled trial aims to determine the impact of a physiotherapist delivered Pilates program on falls and standing balance in older at high risk of suffering a fall-related injury. This study also aims to explore the feasibility of identifying older people at risk of suffering a fall injury and assess the acceptability of the Pilates exercise program. The results of this study can be found here.