A February 2017 webinar that explored the interest and opportunities for inter-LHIN collaboration on Fall Prevention in older adults met with overwhelming support from fall prevention practitioners. Two key themes emerged – knowledge sharing, and provincial collaboration and oversight. Looking for ways to work together to eliminate duplication, and to increase capacity for practitioners across the province, a Working Group has continued to explore collaborative possibilities over the past several months.
The Working Group identified that Loop (the Fall Prevention Community of Practice communication platform) could be used more effectively to share knowledge and that webinars could also be a useful tool to engage practitioners on an ongoing basis. The Working Group also suggests that the work done on the 2011 Provincial Integrated Fall Prevention Framework and Toolkitis a great starting point to revisit collaborative strategies and initiatives.
This small group has met three times, and is well on the way to having a proposed structure for a high-level Ontario Fall Prevention Collaborative. Membership would come from leaders in LHIN, Public Health, government and other key stakeholder groups across sectors. This Collaborative would work to develop a systems-based approach with consistent components for fall prevention planning and implementation in Ontario.
Communication with webinar participants, Loop members and fall prevention stakeholders is ongoing with more news about next steps towards formalizing the Collaborative to be available through Loop.