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:
- 6-PACK programme to decrease fall injuries in acute hospitals: cluster randomised controlled trial
- The extra resource burden of in-hospital falls: a cost of falls study
- In-hospital falls and fall-related injuries: a protocol for a cost of fall study
- The 6-PACK programme to decrease falls and fall-related injuries in acute hospitals: protocol for an economic evaluation alongside a cluster randomised controlled trial
- The 6-PACK programme to decrease fall-related injuries in acute hospitals: protocol for a cluster randomised controlled trial
- Acceptability of the 6-PACK falls prevention program: A pre-implementation study in hospitals participating in a cluster randomized controlled trial
- Barriers and enablers to the implementation of the 6-PACK falls prevention program: A pre-implementation study in hospitals participating in a cluster randomised controlled trial
- Development of an implementation plan for the 6-PACK falls prevention programme as part of a randomised controlled trial: protocol for a series of preimplementation studies
- Implementation fidelity of a nurse-led falls prevention program in acute hospitals during the 6-PACK trial
- Measuring safety climate in acute hospitals: Rasch analysis of the safety attitudes questionnaire
- Nurse perceptions of safety climate in Australian acute hospitals: a cross-sectional survey
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.