The Falls and
Fracture Service Level Alliance was established in October 2017 as a
time-limited (3 year) group to enhance and improve the falls and fragility
fracture prevention work in Canterbury.
Compensation Corporation (ACC) identified that falls injuries are often the
marker of fragility and other healthcare issues, which require significant
dependence on the health system. By having a cross-agency approach (ACC,
Ministry of Health, District Health Boards and the Health Quality & Safety
Commission) it is hoped that we can reduce both the number and severity of
falls across New Zealand, specifically for people aged 65 and over.
The key outcomes to
help keep Agnes, our prototypical patient, well and independent at home are:
- fewer falls injuries;
- fewer serious harm falls and
- improved recovery (both
hospital and home);
- integrated falls and
fracture care across the system.
The SLA aims to build
on outcomes achieved by the Canterbury health system over the last five years
through taking a comprehensive ‘Whole of System Approach to Falls Prevention’
and the development of an innovative evidence-based community falls and
fracture prevention strategy.