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The Ironbark Project: Falls Prevention in Older Aboriginal People in NSW



Falls are a leading cause of injury-related hospitalisation for older people in New South Wales (NSW). The Ironbark Project aims 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, consists of an on-going, group-based, strength and balance exercise class with an education component held within yarning-both-ways circles. After completion of the trial, funding from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) will enable the program to be rolled out to South Australia and Western Australia, in addition to NSW.

The aim of Ironbark is to establish the effectiveness of the community based fall prevention program on the rate of falls in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 45 years and older, compared to controls who receive a healthy ageing program. If successful it’s hoped the project will be rolled out nationwide.

The project is being led by the George Institute for Global Health, and the new trial is expected to start mid-2018.

Abstract adapted from The George Institute for Global Health


Injury Division
George Institute for Global Health
Level 3, 50 Bridge Street
Sydney NSW 2000
Ph: (02) 8052 4361


Last updated: 15 December 2017
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