Evaluation of the NSW Management Policy to Reduce Fall Injury Among Older People, 2003-2007: implications for policy development.

Wendy L. Watson*, Rebecca J. Mitchell

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Abstract

To retrospectively evaluate the NSW Management Policy to Reduce Fall Injury Among Older People, 2003-2007. The process evaluation was conducted by interviewing stakeholders regarding the implementation of the Policy. A document review was also undertaken to identify activities and initiatives undertaken during the implementation process. Key achievements in the implementation of the Policy and significant early events, decisions and contextual factors which acted as barriers to the implementation were identified. Results included the: identification of the need for the prioritisation of evidence-based interventions; application of consistent best practice guidelines for implementing falls prevention strategies in the community; and development of an evaluation and monitoring framework concurrent with the development of policy. Subsequent policy initiatives must be strategically focused and coordinated if future activities are to have a significant impact on the increasing burden of fall-related injury.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)69-72
Number of pages4
JournalNew South Wales Public Health Bulletin
Volume22
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2011

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