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Falls, Fractures & Pressure Injuries Management Conference

25-26 November 2019 | Rendezvous Melbourne

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Informa’s 4th Annual Falls, Fractures & Pressure Injuries Management Conference is the only conference for healthcare professionals to gather and exchange experiences and examine multidisciplinary strategies towards improving patient safety and preventing and managing the risk of falls, fractures and pressure injuries.

As more organisations move toward implementation of the new comprehensive care standard, this is a timely opportunity to share best practice in identifying patient needs and preventing harm.

Discussion will be centered on a combination of case studies of implemented initiatives, research presentations and interactive discussions.

Feedback from past attendees:

“Panel discussions-confronting, challenging & thought provoking.”

“Passionate speakers.”

“Wow! All fantastic speakers with so much experience and expertise. The panel discussions were awesome!”

“Opportunity to brainstorm & discuss with colleagues who are facing similar challenges.”

“Enthusiastic, informed presenters.”

“Excellent presenters,. Great to have questions time and open discussion. Very relevant topics.”

“All speakers were amazing & relevant!”


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8:50 am

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair

Tracy Nowicki, Clinical Nurse Consultant - Quality Effectiveness Support Team, The Prince Charles Hospital

9:00 am

  • The impact of constructing a leadership paradigm that is between the extremes of patient focus style and staff focus to a humanistic model. What can the overall “employee engagement” model do for the health care experience?
  • Culture versus process. Can you have a workplace where these both exist harmoniously? What do we need to accept to enable better culture? How do you change your focus?

9:30 am

  • What comprehensive care actually means
  • Planning risk prevention in an integrated fashion
  • Learnings from accreditation and the value of ‘mock’ accreditation along the journey

10:00 am

  • This presentation is in reference to the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards (second edition) with a focus on the standard for Comprehensive Care
  • Consideration is given to preventing falls and harm from falls
    o What is the evidence to guide current clinical practice?
    o What does the standard expect from the health service organisation?
    o Are these the same thing?
  • How can we use this evidence to drive efficiencies, remove waste and ensure better patient care?

10:30 am

Networking and refreshment break

11:00 am

  • Delirium has long been a hidden problem in our hospital system. The official data (Victorian Admitted Episode Dataset) tells us that only 0.5% of admitted hospital patients suffer from it.
  • Delirium is far more widespread as Safer Care Victoria (SCV) found out through an Australian-first point prevalence survey in 2017.
  • Our results showed about 50% of older admitted patients in acute services are potentially suffering from delirium.
  • In response, we partnered with the Institute for Health Improvement (IHI) on a 12-month collaborative to:
    • improve how Victorian health services prevent, detect and manage delirium
    • reduce the severity and duration of hospital-acquired delirium for hospitalised patients aged >65 years.

11:30 am

  • Mechanisms of paediatric falls in a hospital and healthcare setting will be discussed
  • Evaluation of paediatric falls risk assessment tools
  • Strategies to reduce paediatric falls in healthcare settings
  • Paediatric falls risk assessment and reporting of falls in the electronic medical record

12:00 pm

  • Consequences of fracture
    – High risk of subsequent fracture
    – Increased mortality for virtually all fractures
  • Prevention of fractures in the hospital setting and fracture liaison services
    – Identification of high risk individuals
    – Demonstrated outcomes

12:30 pm

Lunch and networking break

1:30 pm

  • Evaluating the evidence for nutrition for falls prevention, fractures and pressure injuries
  • Benefits of networking and a holistic approach to nutrition within community services
  • Practical strategies to optimise nutrition and improve health outcomes for the elderly
  • Dietetic management for a complex client with history of falls with fractures

2:00 pm

  • Why IAD is important and differentiating between IAD and PI
  • Current studies, funding and how we got here
  • Practical strategies and interventions
  • Establishing a nationwide IAD advisory committee

3:15 pm

Networking and refreshment break

3:45 pm

The Neurological Approach to Balance Disorders

Dr David Szmulewicz, Neurologist and Neuro-otologist, Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital

4:15 pm

  • Negligence – risk & responsibility
  • Contributory negligence – the non-compliant patient
  • Case examples

4:45 pm

For this interactive session, delegates should be prepared to share with their small groups some of their own experiences, patient stories and learnings from working with different population groups. Each roundtable of delegates will have the opportunity to talk with their peers about their experiences and patient stories from different patient groups such as geriatric, Aboriginal & Torres Straight Islander, end of life, intensive care, illiterate, bariatric etc.

5:30 pm

Closing remarks from Chair

5:35 pm

Networking Drinks & Close Day 1

8:50 am

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair

Leisa Cassidy, Clinical Nurse Consultant - Biomedical Equipment & Education Service (BEES), The Townsville Hospital

9:00 am

  • DeloitteASSIST – AI enabled communications in a healthcare setting
  • Bringing Amazon and ServiceNow platforms together to digitise the flow of work and enhance patient experience
  • Lessons learned from pilot with two very different patient cohorts – Spinal and Older Persons
  • What’s next
    – Residential Care and Early supported discharge
    – Maternity

9:30 am

  • This presentation investigates the historical journey of pressure injuries and discussing the different decades of definitions & options
  • How avoidable are pressure injuries?
  • What do the courts expect from our documentation?
  • What bio-markers are now available to measure the risk of development of pressure injuries
  • Linking different disease processes as risk factors for pressure injury development

10:00 am

  • How much does a fall cost my health service?
  • What is the funding impact when a patient has a Stage IV pressure injury?
  • Why do 2 different reports reflect vastly different results?
  • How do I know where to focus on clinical improvement?
  • What are the upcoming changes in HAC specifications?
  • Who should I talk to in my hospital/health service to undertake case reviews?
  • What are some tangible strategies that can reduce or avoid pressure injuries and/or falls for my patients?

10:30 am

Networking and refreshment break

11:00 am

  • Nutrition-related protective factors
  • Screening for malnutrition risk
  • How this fits in with comprehensive care
  • Best practice and practical strategies

11:30 am

  • What are the most significant issues with devices and pressure injuries?
  • Do traditional ways of preventing pressure injuries work with devices?
  • When pressure injuries from devices aren’t preventable – discussing realities with patients and families
  • What does patient centred care really mean in relation to device related pressure injuries?

12:00 pm

Recognising dying in the acute environment is challenging. Recognising reversibility of complex and chronic disease can be obscured when fractures are added, or wounds won’t heal.  Jeanette will talk about the role that an end of life care nurse practitioner can play in advocacy, symptom management and family support at end of life.

12:30 pm

Lunch and networking break

1:30 pm

  • The risk factors for increased fracture in Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders
  • Relationship between muscle force and power with falls risk
  • Knowledge gap in musculoskeletal health: perspectives from the community
  • Upskilling healthcare professionals

2:00 pm

  • Understanding vestibular issues in falls and raising awareness among clinicians
  • Tools to identify vestibular dysfunction
  • Practical strategies to assure best patient outcomes

2:30 pm

  • Trial Skin Round Implementation in the Rehabilitation environment
  • Embedded practice changes, sustainability and promising data results
  • Incidental findings and shared goals of care
  • Enablers and Challenges implementing the model in the Acute sector

3:00 pm

  • Falls are a leading reason that older adults present to emergency departments (EDs).
  • This presentation will discuss the current evidence base for the use of multifactorial falls prevention programs for complex population
  • Strategies for implementation of patient safety interventions (such as falls prevention programs) will be discussed as well as evidence on barriers and enablers to implementation
    – What can be learnt from the implementation of 6-PACK and RESPOND?
    – How can you drive practice change to enhance implementation fidelity?

3:30 pm

Closing remarks from the Chair

3:40 pm



Packages Price
Package(Two Days)$2495+GSTEarly Bird
Packages Price
Package(Two Days)$1795+GSTEarly Bird

Event pricing

Want to send a group? Book 3 delegates and receive the 4th delegate registration FREE!*
Simply add the 4 delegates when registering, then apply appropriate discount code:

  • Standard rate code: FALLS4FOR3
  • Public Sector rate code: PSFALLS4FOR3

For more information or to speak with customer service, call 02 9080 4307 or email

* Note: All delegates must be from the same company and register at the same time to qualify.


Tracy Nowicki

Clinical Nurse Consultant - Quality Effectiveness Support Team, The Prince Charles Hospital

Julie Tait

Service Manager, Critical Care Services, John Hunter Hospital

Lee Hughes

Harm Free Clinical Consultant, Caulfield Hospital

Tash Brusco

Senior Research Officer, School of Primary and Allied Health Care, Monash University & Senior Associate: Health Economist (Health Service Research), Alpha Crucis Group

Adj. Assoc. Professor Ann Maree Kennan

Deputy CEO and Chief Nurse and Midwifery Officer, Safer Care Victoria

Kellie Stockton

Director Physiotherapy, Children's Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service

Jacqueline Center

Endocrinologist, St Vincent's Hospital, Sydney, Professor of Medicine (conjoint), UNSW Sydney, Senior Research Fellow, Garvan Institute of Medical Research

Thea Moloney

Accredited Practising Dietitian, Community Rehabilitation Program, Peninsula Health

Dr Michelle Barakat-Johnson

Skin Integrity Lead, Sydney Local Health District and Clinical Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Medicine and Health, University of Sydney

Karen Folan

Nurse Unit Manager - Gastroenterology and Geriatric Orthopaedics, Royal Melbourne Hospital

Dr David Szmulewicz

Neurologist and Neuro-otologist, Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital

Janine McIlwraith

Principal Lawyer, Slater and Gordon

Leisa Cassidy

Clinical Nurse Consultant - Biomedical Equipment & Education Service (BEES), The Townsville Hospital

Dan Coward

GM Older Persons Health, Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation, Canterbury District Health Board and West Coast District Health Board, New Zealand

Rachael Payne

Data Analyst – Performance, The Townsville Hospital

Sheree Morris

Dietitian, Metabolic Obesity Service & A/Nutrition and Dietetics Advisor, Murrumbidgee Local Health District

Sarah Sage

Coordinator-Chronic Wound Service & Clinical Nurse Consultant-Wound Management, Melbourne Health

Jeanette Lacey

End of Life Care Nurse Practitioner, Medicine and Interventional Services, John Hunter Hospital

Dr Ayse Zengin

Research Fellow, Monash University

Arimbi Winoto

Senior Vestibular Physiotherapist, Royal Victorian Eye & Ear Hospital

Donna Nair

Wound Consultant - Inpatient | Practice Development Unit, Barwon Health

Dr Renata Morello

Research Fellow, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University

when & where

25 - 26 Nov 2019

Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne
328 Flinders St
Melbourne VIC 3000
+61 (03) 9250 1888

Book Accommodation with Lido Group
For your convenience Lido Group will manage your accommodation needs. Click here or call on 02 8585 0808.


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Danielle Newman
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+61 2 9080 4432

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