The lifetime cost of falls in Queensland has been estimated to be twice that of road trauma. The Sunshine Coast Expo will show people how to prevent harm from falls.
The Falls Prevention Expo will be held at Caloundra RSL Club from 10am to 2pm on Friday, October 12, with a focus on awareness and education.
More than 100 people from the general community and aged care sector are expected to attend the Expo, to answer questions and give advice.
There will also be practical demonstrations of Tai Chi and mobility aids, as well as free blood pressure checks and balance testing.
Queensland Health staff - from dieticians to physiotherapists, nurses to occupational therapists - and representatives of non-government organisations, will be available to provide in-depth information to members of the public.
Falls Prevention Clinical Nurse Sandra Finter said as the population is ageing, falls are increasing among the over-65 age group.
"The lifetime cost of falls in Queensland alone is estimated to be $750 million - twice that of road trauma - but the good news is that falls are preventable," Ms Finter said.
"It is important for people to be aware of measures they can take to reduce the risk of falls, like keeping active and maintaining a safe home environment.
"By preventing falls people can reduce injury and associated recovery time, prolong their independence and maintaining confidence in their mobility," Ms Finter said.
• Australian and overseas studies report 30% and 60% of older adults in community dwellings fall each year, with up to half suffering multiple falls.
• An estimated one percent of people who fall will sustain a hip fracture, which is one of the most serious consequences of falls.
• In Queensland in 2004/05, there were 17,966 hospitalisations for falls in people aged 65 years and older, of which 67% were females.
• In Queensland in the next 50 years, total health costs attributable to fall-related injury are projected to increase more than three-fold.
The Expo will provide invaluable information for older people, their carers, friends and relatives.