Accidental falls are a major contributor to the burden of disease in older people and a major public health problem. In our overarching aims around identification of common fall risk factors and the development of feasible fall prevention strategies, we adopt a multidisciplinary approach on healthy ageing and falls in older people. Our research projects follow two main themes incorporating components from physiotherapy, exercise physiology, psychology, brain imaging and computer software engineering: (i) projects exploring technology-based solutions to predict and prevent falls in older people, and (ii) projects examining interrelationships among physical, psychological and cognitive factors in older people.
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Kim Delbaere is a Research Fellow at NeuRA supported by the Australian NHMRC and a senior lecturer at UNSW, Sydney. She graduated in 2001 as a master in Rehabilitation Sciences and Physiotherapy at the Ghent University (Belgium) and completed her PhD in the area of falls in community-dwelling older people in 2005. In 2006, she moved to Australia to work at NeuRA on fear of falling in older people. She is a leading international researcher in the area of falls in older people. Her research has enhanced the understanding of interrelationships between falls and various physiological, psychological and cognitive factors. In 2011, she was awarded a prestigious NHMRC Achievement Award acknowledging her vision to find solutions for older adults to stay independent for longer through improved physical and mental health.