Approximately 50% of Australian women who have had children will develop some degree of pelvic organ prolapse in their lifetime. Pelvic Organ Prolapse is when the organs of the pelvis such as the bladder, uterus and/or bowel descend into the walls of the vagina. This occurs when the connective tissue that surrounds and supports the pelvic organs become stretched and potentially torn.
April Falls Day is an opportunity to promote and prevent falls and harm from falls. The theme for April Falls Day 2017 is mobility and falls prevention “Moving right to stay upright”. Westmead Private Hospital and Westmead Private Physiotherapy Services held an information morning tea today providing awareness and education for staff and visitors
Did you know:
- Approximately half of falls experienced by older adults living in the community occur in their homes and immediate home surroundings including the garden. Risk factors in the home may include poor lighting, clutter, uneven or slippery floors and the use of unstable furniture to assist with movements. Removing or reducing these risk factors can assist in making the home environment safer for older adults and reduce their risk of falls.
- Staying physically active is the single most important thing we can do to remain fit and independent. If you feel you or someone you know would benefit from a one-on-one assessment and balance program please contact us to make an appointment.Emma (Neuroscience Clinical Nurse Consultant), Merren (Hospital Educator) and Tanya (Physiotherapist) raising falls prevention awareness at Westmead Private Hospital.More information regarding falls and prevention can be found at:
Congratulations to Sean our Principal Physiotherapist on his latest publication on the “Effect of Physical Activity in the First Five Days After Cardiothoracic Surgery” from our Cardiothoracic Clinical Research stream at Westmead Private Physiotherapy and The Clinical Research Institute. Sean would like to thank his colleagues at Westmead Private Hospital, The University of Melbourne, and The University of Jamestown Fargo, North Dakota. It’s been a great collaborative effort to get this into the open access journal, The Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine.
As part of our continuing professional development and dedication to high patient care standards, the physiotherapy team at Westmead Private Hospital participated in an online learning package delivered by Hand Hygiene Australia. This package highlighted the importance of adhering to hand hygiene standards and infection control procedures to reduce the risk of healthcare-associated infections.
As part of an ICU-driven initiative, physiotherapists who completed the online package went into a draw to enjoy a coffee and baked product from the “Mons on Darcy” cafe. Congratulations to Samantha and Gabrielle for successfully completing the package and winning a coffee break.