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Falls are a leading cause of injury-related hospitalisation for older people in New South Wales (NSW). The Ironbark Project aimed to develop a culturally-appropriate falls prevention program to help older Aboriginal people stay healthy and strong in their homes and communities.
The program, which was trialled with older Aboriginal people for six months at six sites in NSW, consisted of an on-going, group-based, strength and balance exercise class with an education component held within yarning-both-ways circles.
After the trial, the program was evaluated to determine its effectiveness and appropriateness for the older Aboriginal community.
The project was led by the George Institute for Global Health and funded by the NSW Health Aboriginal Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion Demonstration Grants Program.
Abstract adapted from The George Institute for Global Health
George Institute for Global Health
Level 3, 50 Bridge Street
Sydney NSW 2000
Ph: (02) 8052 4361
Project Manager, Ironbark Project
Aboriginal Research Officer, Ironbark Project