Provincial collaborative explores next steps to share fall prevention knowledge and strategies

A new provincial group is collaborating to reduce the number of falls and the related personal and health care costs in Ontario. The collaborative includes public health departments, Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs), the Rehabilitation Care Alliance as well as Regional Geriatric Program (RPG) representation. Efforts will focus on exploring new ways to improve practice that helps prevent and/or reduce falls in the province’s older adult population.

“Building on an initial February teleconference the collaborative is exploring areas where everyone can work together while encouraging new regions and groups to join in this effort,” says Hélène Gagné, Program Director, Injury Prevention, Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation. “This is the core group of champions supporting fall prevention strategies and knowledge sharing.”

Helene and other collaborative leaders will turn their attention to building the agenda for an inclusive online forum tentatively scheduled for September or October. The aim of the forum is to engage all interested stakeholders in identifying provincial priorities that all organizations can act on.

In addition to raising awareness, the goals of the new collaborative approach include reducing duplication of effort through knowledge sharing, improving practice by standardizing the provincial approach to falls reduction while addressing local requirements and exploring new ways for all interested collaborators to work together to establish this system-wide approach.