Preventing falls and maintaining mobility of older people with vision impairment

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Falls incur over $1 billion in treatment, disability, lost output and mortality each year. The vulnerability to fall related injury and the large and increasing number of older people with vision loss (40% of those aged 85+) make falls prevention in this sector a critical public health issue. Improvements in physical function may reduce falls in older people with vision impairment. The ‘Lifestyle approach to reducing Falls through Exercise’ is a promising strategy being evaluated in a funded trial in partnership with Guide Dogs NSW/ACT. This program stands to realize other imperative benefits for older people through improved mobility.

Clinical background in an eye health discipline, geriatrics or exercise physiology/physiotherapy would be an advantage for this project.  A strong interest in health economics is required to pursue the necessary training to complete a trial based and modelled economic evaluation of this falls prevention program.  An aptitude for biostatistical analyses including management of a large complex dataset is required to work with the trial and accelerometer data.  Biostatistical support and training will be provided as part of the PhD program.  Professional experience that has demonstrated the candidate's ability to work in a team and to communicate at a high level through oral presentation and written work is required.

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The George Institute for Global Health

Johns Hopkins University
Wilmer Eye Institute

The George Institute for Global Health