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Falls and Fracture Prevention Team

The Falls and Fracture Prevention team is a team of physiotherapists, nurses, an exercise physiologist and an exercise assistant. Our aim is to keep you independent and on your feet.

If you are over 65 (or over 55 and Maori or Pacifika) we may be able to help.

 

You could be at risk of a fall if:

  • you’ve slipped, tripped or fallen in the last year

  • you can’t get out of a chair without using your hands

  • you’ve avoided activities because you’re afraid you might lose your balance

WellSouth is part of the national ‘Live Stronger for Longer’ movement. We are working to help reduce the risk of falls and fall injuries for older people in the Southern District, through:

    • in-home strength and balance programmes designed to prevent falls

 

  • WellSouth can support you with 

  • a safe and effective home exercise programme, if getting out and 

  • about is difficult

  • supporting community strength and balance exercise groups


    • WellSouth is supporting exercise classes aimed at improving strength and balance, as well as helping develop new classes in the

    •  

    • Southern District. These classes provide evidence-based exercises in a safe and effective wa
      y

  • working with GPs to identify patients who are at risk of fractures due to poor bone health

    • Your bone health is linked to your risk of having a broken bone. Your GP can help you reduce this risk with a fracture risk assessment.

 

How to access our services

  • Phone the WellSouth Falls and Fracture Prevention Team on 0800 477115 or 03 4771163.

  • Email bwellfallsandfractureteam@wellsouth.org.nz

  • Your GP, practice nurse or other health professional can also contact us on your behalf.

Our service is free and available throughout the Southern District.

A link to our service pamphlet is available here