Test new interventions
Test new interventions
Test new pragmatic fall-injury prevention interventions that build on previous evidence and offer novel solutions.
Successful AGEing (SAGE) Study
The SAGE yoga trial is testing the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of a yoga-based exercise program compared to a seated yoga relaxation program on falls in people aged 60 year and over.
Researcher –Professor Anne Tiedemann
(Principal Research Fellow at the Institute for Musculoskeletal Health)
Professor Tiedemann’s NHMRC-funded Successful AGEing (SAGE) yoga trial is testing the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of a yoga-based exercise program compared to a seated yoga relaxation program on falls in people aged 60 year and over. The complete sample of 700 participants was recruited between October 2019 and October 2021. The intervention group participates in a 40-week, twice weekly group-based yoga program, now delivered online due to the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions. Participant follow-up and data collection will be complete by the end of 2022. So far, participants have enjoyed the yoga-based exercise program, and many have noted significant improvements in various physical and mental health outcomes, such as improved balance, strength, mental wellbeing and sleep.
Implementation of a Falls Prevention Strategy in the acute inpatient hospital setting.
Researcher –Ms Charlotte McLennan
(Physiotherapist and Health Manager in Sydney Local Health District and a PhD candidate with the University of Sydney).
Informed by international hospital falls prevention evidence, NSW Health Programs (e.g., Clinical Excellence Commission’s Older Persons’ Patient Safety Program) and local data intelligence, the Sydney Local Health District (SLHD) has prepared a new Falls Prevention Strategy for implementation. The Strategy provides an approach for stakeholders to work together at local inpatient levels to design individualised falls prevention procedures that reflect their distinct settings, work cultures, patient cohorts and challenges. Ms Charlotte McLennan holds a full-time research role funded by SLHD to support the District’s inpatient falls prevention work. Ms McLennan has recently obtained SLHD ethics approval for a pilot implementation study to support and evaluate the start of SLHD’s quality improvement-based Falls Prevention Strategy in the acute inpatient hospital setting. This study will inform a larger trial.