The Boulevard Centre, 99 The Boulevard, Floreat WA

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Start: Thu 26 Nov 2020
RSVP: Thu 19 Nov 2020


This workshop will provide an overview of the role of Occupational Therapists in falls prevention,

This workshop aims to provide an overview of the role of the OT in falls prevention.   It will outline the risk factors and impact of Falls in Western Australia, screening and assessment tools as well as referral pathways.  Information and resources for the Staying on your Feet Program are covered.  The core principles of home modification solutions focussed on Ramps, Rails, Bathrooms and Toilets for hazard reduction will also be presented.

The key principles of Home safety interventions are more complex than just identifying hazards for change. They also require a process that raises consumers awareness of their environment, and provides information for how they should negotiate it and the required problem-solving skills.

Occupational therapists examine the interaction between people and their environment and consider a range of factors such as fall history, how the person mobilises within their home, protective and risk-taking behaviours, vision, physical and cognitive attributes that affect mobility and task performance and fall risk for specific situations such as reaching, climbing stairs and transferring.  They then use this information to make recommendations on modifications and education to enable the consumers to better negotiate their home environment.

Through understanding the impact of falls, the factors for falls prevention and recommendations for appropriate home modifications, participants will develop skills to reduce the risk of falls allowing consumers to engage or re-engage in their occupations


This workshop will focus on:

  • Falls in Western Australia
  • Impact of falls
  • Risk and protective factors for falls
  • Screening tools/falls assessments
  • Referral pathways
  • The role of OT’s in falls prevention
  • Stay On Your Feet® Program
  • Home Visiting – Preparation & Observation
  • Basic Home Modification solutions
    • Ramps
    • Rails
    • Bathrooms & toilets

This information session is suitable for:

  • OT students/new grads
  • Early Career OTs
  • Mid Career OTs



Claire Cunningham
Claire Cunningham believes accessible can be beautiful. Her unique skill set combines a clinical career as an Occupational Therapist with a background in Architectural Science.  She is passionate about accessibility in the built environment, particularly within the provision of dignified and equitable access for all.

Claire’s ability to find practical solutions that are well thought out and client-focused sets her apart from the rest. She is able to combine her degrees in Occupational Therapy and Architectural Science to provide bespoke solutions that are not only compliant but are designed well. 

Ethical and equitable advice is at the heart of the service Claire provides. She listens and asks all the right questions together with completing appropriate assessments to understand where her clients are in life and where they are having difficulties. It is imperative for her to understand what is important to them, their family, and community.


Thursday 26th November 2020

Registration: 12.30pm

Networking lunch: 12:30 - 1.10pm

Commences: 1:10pm

Concludes: 4.30pm


Member: $20.00

Non-Member: $30.00

(All pricing is inclusive of GST)

Members must be logged in with username and password in order to register at the member rate.


The Boulevard Centre
99 The Boulevard
Floreat WA


There is a three-hour parking limit.  However, Boulevard Centre delegates are exempt if they display a parking voucher (available from the Boulevard Centre) and park in the designated area of the EASTERN OR CITY END OF THE UPPER OR LOWER CAR PARKS.

Transperth Buses 81, 82 & 83 service the venue from Roe Street Terminal Perth.  Please see www.transperth.wa.gov.au for more information.


Join us for a lunch networking opportunity beforehand. 

Light refreshments will be provided.

*If you have specific dietary requirements that are not listed in the options upon registering, please contact the OTA representative ASAP using the contact details below. 


By attending this CPD event, members will be able to claim 3 hours towards their CPD requirements. 


All information is correct at the time of publication.  OTA reserves the right to alter or delete items from the CPD calendar as required, and takes no responsibility for any errors, omissions and changes.

All resources including copies of the presentation, along with all supporting documents and links are not for distribution and are the property of the presenter.

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Erin Clinch, WA Division Manager, erin.clinch@otaus.com.au or 1300 682 878

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