Dr Frances Batchelor, Director of Clinical Gerontology at the National Ageing Research Institute, has told the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety that there is an urgent need for more high-quality research to learn what can effectively prevent falls in residential care, especially for people living with dementia.
Dr Batchelor said that while there is strong evidence exercise that includes strength and balance training for two hours a week over 25 weeks – for a total of 50...
Dr Frances Batchelor
Dr Frances Batchelor is a Senior Research Fellow and the Director of Clinical Gerontology at NARI, as well as research lead for the Melbourne Ageing Research Collaboration. She is both an academic and clinical physiotherapist. Her research interests include falls prevention after stroke; falls prevention in community, residential care and hospital settings; identification and management of mild balance dysfunction in cohorts such as minor stroke and transient ischaemic attack; and the interface between technology and ageing. Before coming to NARI, Frances worked in neurology and aged care in Australia, Germany and England in both acute and sub-acute settings. She was awarded her PhD in 2010 from the University of Melbourne on the topic of “Falls Prevention After Stroke”.