South Canterbury Focus: "April Falls"

Thursday, 6 April, 2017


At the start of autumn, the focus in South Canterbury is on "April Falls" - raising awareness of falls prevention and promoting partnerships that can make a difference.

Sport Canterbury's South Canterbury Regional Office works alongside the South Canterbury District Health Board to ensure the month is a success in terms of education and resource sharing.

The "April Falls" campaign aims to support older people to stay well and independent in their own homes for longer.

Approximately 22,000 New Zealanders aged 75+ are hospitalised each year for injuries due to falls. Older people who are injured as a result of a fall are more likely to lose confidence and independence, are at greater risk of falling while in our care, and stay in hospital longer.

The Canterbury Health System is actively working to reduce the number of falls and the harm they cause in hospitals and the wider community.

According to Sport Canterbury's South Canterbury Regional Office Manager Shaun Campbell, "Within our communities, the impact of falls is sometimes underestimated. Sport Canterbury believes there is an opportunity, through education and awareness, to improve prevention, and make a difference.

"Falls are everybody's business."

For more information on "Stay On Your Feet" in South Canterbury, please visit the Sport Canterbury web site or contact Cathie Weith at the South Canterbury Regional Office.

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