Preventing Falls in Older Aboriginal People

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Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population is ageing: in 1991, Aboriginal people aged 55 years and over accounted for only 6% of Australia's total Aboriginal population and this proportion is predicted to double to 12% by 2021, with resulting increased in ageing conditions such as falls. This large scale trial in NSW, SA and WA will test the effectiveness of a community based program in reducing falls and improving function in older Aboriginal people. Our multidisciplinary research team brings together world-leading researchers in Aboriginal health, fall prevention, health economics, qualitative methods and biostatistics. The results of this trial will be directly relevant for practice as the program is designed to be 'scaled up' to impact older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people across the Australian population.

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Supervisory team
Rebecca
Ivers

Medicine
The George Institute for Global Health
Tamara
Mackean

Medicine
The George Institute for Global Health
Kathleen
Clapham

University of Wollongong
External to UNSW
rivers@georgeinstitute.org.au

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