Ontario Fall Prevention Collaborative
In Ontario, fall prevention initiatives for older adults, vary in their scope, approach, implementation and measurement of outcomes. The heterogeneous, fragmented nature of fall prevention efforts makes it difficult to ascertain what interventions are working, how interventions can be improved and where a greater investment of resources or an increased level of coordination and collaboration between key stakeholders is required to maximize impact (Dr. Brian Hyndman, 2018). ONF facilitates ongoing meetings for the Ontario Fall Prevention Collaborative Working Group, a multi-sectoral group that is committed to working towards a more integrated, systems-based approach to falls To support the working group with the formation of a common agenda and to build a strategic path toward a system-wide approach, a group of key actors from various agencies, networks and organizations, were invited to weigh in on recommended next steps and priority setting. They met in Toronto in fall 2018 with representation from:
- Local Health Integration Networks
- Public Health Units
- Regional Geriatric Programs
- Health Shared Services Ontario
- Rehabilitation Care Alliance
- Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario
- Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation
- Health Care Institutions
Preventing Fall-Related Injuries among Older Adults in Ontario
The Ontario Fall Prevention Collaborative has collectively developed a position paper, An Integrated Approach to Preventing Fall-Related Injuries among Older Adults in Ontario to identify the impact of fall-related injury and key strategies to preventing falls among older adults in Ontario.View Research
Priorities Identified During the Think Tank Meeting
Provincial Fall Prevention Collaborative/Alliance/Advisory group
Initiate a provincial Fall Prevention Collaborative/Alliance/Advisory group to provide oversight on the work that needs to be done that would benefit the health system, the work of the regions and ultimately the older adults and their families.
Establish a measurement framework, including identifying and leveraging current data sources, to ensure access to meaningful indicators.
Ensure there is a method of knowledge exchange in place around issues of systemic fall prevention strategies.
Develop standardized interventions and fall prevention tools regarding evidence- based tools.