Login  |  Register

New app for allied health professionals and nurses

By Karen Keast | Last Updated: 19-11-2013

NeuRA research fellow Dr Kim Delbaere works with the iconFES app

A new iPad app has been designed to help physiotherapists, occupational therapists and nurses better assess older people’s fear of falling.

Neuroscience Research Australia has developed the iconFES app (available for $4.99 through iTunes), which is the first app of its kind to use images to describe a range of activities and situations, and it has also been proven to work with people who have dementia.

NeuRA research fellow Dr Kim Delbaere, an emerging leading international researcher in the area of falls in older people, said her research showed having a fear of falling is an independent risk factor for older people falling.

“One in three older people
fall at least once a year. About two in three people have a fear of falling,” she said.

“It is more common to be fearful of falling than to fall. Many, many older people would say they have some fear of falling.”

Dr Delbaere said older people with a fear of falling often adopt a “cautious gait”, which can increase their risk of falling.

“It’s not a stable way of walking so they actually make it harder for themselves,” she said.

Dr Delbaere said the app aims to help allied health professionals and nurses better assess fear of falling, enabling them to create targeted fall prevention strategies for older people.

“It’s a common problem in older adults that people have fallen or know someone who has fallen and they just become worried about falling in the future and they stop doing certain physical activities or social activities,” she said.

NeuRA has also released its IPEQ app; an incidental and planned exercise questionnaire, (also $4.99 through iTunes) for clinicians and also for older adults, which works to assess older people’s low, basic and high-intensity physical activities.

Dr Delbaere said the independent, not-for-profit research institute plans to release more apps associated with falling, including an app that will assess balance and reaction times in older people.
Share your thoughts
Like NCAH on Facebook

Featured Jobs

Quality Manager

Kirkbrae Presbyterian Homes Melbourne East - (21-11-2014)


Kirkbrae is set in 15 beautiful park like acres offering facilities for independent living and residential care services. Kirkbrae is a dynamic community & needs a highly motivated Quality Manager to drive quality in all aspects of its work. Comprehensive knowledge & experience with Continuous Improvement Quality Systems will help you to secure this challenging and rewarding role.


Operating Theatre Nurse / EEN – Scrub/Scout –Sponsorship

Hawthorne Health Any Area - (26-11-2014)


Theatre Scrub/Scout Nurse in regional Australia. Sponsorship is available to highly skilled overseas applicants.


Seeking Accredited Nurse Immunisers

Vitality Works - (24-11-2014)


Seeking Accredited Nurse Immunisers Australiawide
Vitality Works is expanding and we are now recruiting casual Nurse Immnisers for the 2015 flu season!
Casual position (March - June 2015)
$55 p/hour + travel reimbursements
Enjoy a dynamic role that suits your lifestyle