Funding for falls

Professor Leanne Monterosso. CEO St John of God Foundation Josephine Board and Dr Gail Ross-Adjie.

Professor Leanne Monterosso, CEO St John of God Foundation Josephine Board and Dr Gail Ross-Adjie.

Researchers from the Centre for Nursing and Midwifery Research at St John of God Murdoch Hospital, Dr Gail Ross-Adjie and Professor Leanne Monterosso, have been awarded a Babe Norman Research Grant to enable the Centre to continue its extensive research into patient falls.

The grant will enable completion of the first phase of the Centre’s research into identifying the incidence, cost and outcome of falls after total hip and total knee replacement surgery as well as identifying which patients are at high risk of falls. It will also fund the second phase of the study which will develop, implement and evaluate a falls prevention program for high risk falls patients.

Dr Gail Ross-Adjie says clinicians cannot underestimate the impact falls have on a person’s recovery and wellbeing.

“Contrary to what some people think, falls are not necessarily a minor event and can lead to significant injury and hospitalization,” Dr Ross-Adjie says.

“It can set a person back, physically and mentally, as well as put stress on hospital resources.”

“Some patients never recover from a fall and completely lose their independence.”

“We are very grateful for this grant which will certainly help us discover more about why falls occur and how best to prevent them.”

The research grant will award the department $75, 000 over a two year period.

The Rosemary Norman Foundation was established by former nurse Rosemary Norman and named after her father, Reginald ‘Babe’ Norman.  Rosemary is committed to supporting high quality nursing research in Australia that will improve bedside nursing care, and importantly longer-term patient and family health outcomes.

In addition to extensive research on the incidence, risk factors and healthcare cost of falls, the Centre has embarked on research in the areas of women’s health and wellbeing after cancer, indigenous maternity care, the possibility of intergenerational tension in the nursing workforce and employee engagement, amongst others.

Prospective new studies for this year include survivorship after cancer treatment, breastfeeding outcomes and identifying palliative care needs in emergency department patients.

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