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WHO IS THE FALLS PREVENTION PROGRAM FOR?

Anyone who has had a fall or is at risk of falling. Each participant is individually assessed for suitability prior to commencing the program.

PROGRAM DETAILS

Place: Gippsland Southern Health Service Leongatha Hospital Primary Health - Physiotherapy Department

Time: Wednesday 2- 4p.m.

Length of Program: 8 weeks

Carers are welcome to attend.

Afternoon tea is provided (pending COVID-19 restrictions), along with a take home booklet which includes the exercise program.

Transport to and from the group can sometimes be arranged.

AIMS OF THE PROGRAM

Standing up to Falls is an exercise and education program for anyone who has had a fall or is at risk of falling. The program aims to:

  • Provide you with information about preventing falls

  • Help identify and reduce your personal risk factors for falls

  • Enable you to participate in exercises to improve your strength and balance

 

Participants meet weekly for the program.

Each week, a physiotherapy-led exercise session is combined with an education session from one of the following health professionals: Physiotherapist, Occupational Therapist, Pharmacist, Dietician, Continence Nurse, Podiatrist, Vision Australia.

At the end of the eight-week program, you will be offered the opportunity to become involved in other exercise and social groups within Gippsland Southern Health Service and the wider community.  Continued participation in effective exercise programs ensures the best outcomes.

REFERRALS TO THE FALLS PREVENTION PROGRAM

  • The Falls Prevention Program operates at the Leongatha Campus of Gippsland Southern Health Service on Koonwarra Road.

  • Referrals can be made by your doctor, allied health professionals and community health professionals

  •  You can also refer yourself to the group or have a family member contact us on your behalf.

 

For all referrals please contact Gateway intake service:  Telephone: 56542737

Contact

Primary Health

Physiotherapy Department

65 Koonwarra Road

Leongatha Victoria

Postal Address:

Private Bag 13

Leongatha

Telephone:

Gateway Intake Service

03 56542737

Hours:

8:30am to 5pm