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Meghan Ambrens

Meghan Ambrens
School:
School of Health, Medical and Applied Sciences
Field of Research:
Medical and Health Sciences
Supervisor(s):
Professor Corneel Vandelanotte; Dr Stephanie Alley; Associate Professor Anne Tiedemann
Student Type:
Doctor of Philosophy

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Thesis Name

The development and evaluation of a web-based falls prevention program for community dwelling Australians aged over 65 years.

Thesis Abstract

As a leading cause of mortality and morbidity in older adults, falls are a significant health concern in Australia. Research has explored the risk factors associated with falls and found exercise as a single intervention reduces the risk of falls. Despite this, the prevalence of falls continues to rise in Australia. Adherence to falls prevention programs is poor. This project will explore the effectiveness of an interactive computer-tailored intervention to reduce falls in community-dwelling Australians aged over 65 years. Changes in knowledge regarding falls and falls risk, as well as adherence to a web-based falls prevention program will also be assessed.

Why my research is important/Impacts

As a leading cause of mortality and morbidity in older adults, falls place a significant socioeconomic burden on individuals, their families, the community and the economy. As the population ages, the total health cost attributed to injurious falls in Australia is forecast to exponentially increase. This research has the potential for translation of falls prevention programs into practice at a population level. This research has the potential to simultaneously reduce the costs of running falls prevention programs and increasing the reach beyond (current) targeted efforts aimed at the individual level. Further, this research has the potential to improve older adults' knowledge of falls prevention and falls risk and in doing so, increase adherence to an individualised evidence-based falls prevention program. Increased participation in falls prevention programs may help to reduce the significant burden of falls on older Australians, their families and the Australian economy.

Funding/Scholarship

Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarship