Brief Summary: Monash University and Monash Health conducted the third iteration of the online course titled ‘Exercise Prescription for Falls Prevention’ from 14th July until 10th August 2014. Prior to commencement, this course was updated to include recent research findings in this field. This course was offered to health care providers within Australia who work with older adults and/or those at risk of falls and are in a position to provide balance exercise training, education and/or rehabilitation. The Ageing & Aged Care Branch of the Victorian Government Department of Health provided funding for 70 participants working within Victoria. Following 379 expressions of interest, there were a total of 179 course participants, 70 funded and 109 unfunded. The professional backgrounds of course participants included physiotherapists, occupational therapists, exercise physiologists, nurses, allied health assistants, fitness instructors and 1 participant from each of medicine, health promotion and dietetics. More than half the participants came from a background in physiotherapy and although participants ranged in their level of experience within their discipline, the mean number of years since qualification was 14. A total of 151 certificates of attendance were awarded and 117 participants completed the optional knowledge test at the completion of the course with an average score of 8.75 out of 10. Overall, the feedback from course participants was positive with more than 80% reporting they were satisfied or very satisfied with the course, that they would recommend it to others and that they had changed aspects of how they manage falls and balance clients since completing the course. Suggestions for future iterations of the course include: - Ensure the course is targeted at health care providers with generic skills and/or limited experience in exercise prescription for falls prevention. Consider seeking approval for this course to become an approved Continuing Education Credits (CEC) Provider with Fitness Australia so that fitness instructors working with older adults at risk of falls in the community may find this course more attractive. - The provision of clear expectations regarding criteria for course completion. - Further improvements to the online delivery of the course including consideration of the provision of individualised feedback.
|Place of Publication||Melbourne VIC Australia|
|Publisher||Victorian Government Department of Health|
|Commissioning body||Department of Health and Human Services (Victoria)|
|Number of pages||35|
|Publication status||Published - 2014|