2012 Annual Conference and Symposium

Anyone who has had a fall or is caring for someone who has had a fall, will realise the consequential suffering and cost both to the person and the whole care system.   Research from Age UK estimated that falls amongst the elderly cost the NHS more than £4.6m per day (£1.7billion per year). Sharing research evidence and good practice which can prevent suffering and cost is a key mission of the WSPCR. For this reason the WSPCR were delighted to support the Wales Association of Chartered Physiotherapist in Neurology (ACPIN) along with the Cardiff Universities School of Health Care Studies to showcase a ‘Falls and Balance’ conference in September 2012.

Jakko Brouwers from the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board and Vice Chair of ACPIN UK led the conference organising team and was instrumental in persuading the World class professors, Anne Shumway-Cook and Marjorie Woollacott to come from the USA to be the key-note speakers. They are responsible for the seminal work ‘Motor Control: Translating Research into Clinical practice’.  

The conference was a great success with approximately 150 delegates from multi-disciplinary backgrounds booking to attend the conference. The programme is attached along with the presentations and abstracts.

Wales ACPIN followed up the conference with a two day ‘Balance Rehabilitation’ workshop led by Anne Shumway-Cook and Marjorie Woollacott and a WebEx event for course participants in early December 2012. This was hosted as an interactive discussion with presentations and attended by the two keynote speakers as well as physiotherapists from Wales, London, Bristol and the Manchester area.

For more details about the course please contact walesacpin@gmail.com or wales@acpin.net.

Prof Anne Shumway-Cook during keynote lecture at Cardiff University 7th September 2012

Falls Conference Programme.pdf Falls Conference Programme.pdf
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Fall Conference Delegate pack.pdf Fall Conference Delegate pack.pdf
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