Ageing Asia Innovation Forum 2023
Ageing Asia Innovation Forum (AAIF), from the 24th - 25th of May, is an international platform held annually in Singapore that connects high level business leaders to collaborate on business opportunities in for example healthcare and senior care. Held within the main conference is the 11th Asia Pacific Eldercare Innovation Awards 2023 and the Ageing Asia Innovation Exhibition that curates the world’s top 100 products that will enable successful ageing – Assistive Living, Home & Community Care, Active Ageing, Technology and Rehabilitation & Wellness.
Time: 24-25 of May
Location: Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre Singapore
Beyond Sunbeam – an award winning, game changing exercise program for residents in long-term care
In collaboration with Republic Polytechnic and the Singapore Institute of Technology, HUR Solutions will be hosting the seminar 'Beyond Sunbeam – an award winning, game changing exercise program for residents in long-term care' at Republic Polytechnic on 22nd May 2022, 10AM to 12PM.
Falls prevention is recognised as an international priority, and residents of long-term care are at highest risk. This presentation will describe an award-winning Australian trial that examined an exercise program (Sunbeam Program) versus usual care and demonstrated a 55% reduction in falls rate in favour of the exercise, and a statistically significant improvement in physical function. In 2019 the “Sunbeam Trial” won the Morley Award from the Journal of the American Medical Directors’ Association for the paper most likely to influence policy and practice. The program has subsequently been scaled across Australia as Government Policy has evolved to permit widespread adoption.
This presentation will outline the clinical trial, provide practical advice on how to prescribe and deliver the program; and give real examples of where the right type of program, at the right dose and the right frequency, has made a real difference to residents of long-term care. A cost-effectiveness evaluation will also be presented.
Speaker of the Seminar
Dr Hewitt is a practicing physiotherapist, educator, and academic researcher with a passion for delivering best practice. She has received national awards from Aged and Community Services Australia and the Aged Care Quality Agency, and an international award from the Journal of the American Medical Association for her work on exercise for the prevention of falls in residential care.
Dr Hewitt's work has been used to advocate for Australian Aged Care Funding Reform. She was invited to give evidence as an expert witness for the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, on the role of allied health in residential and community aged care. She designed the Allied Health Group Therapy Program which was implemented in aged care facilities in 11 Primary Health Networks nationally during 2021/2. In 2022 Dr Hewitt won a National innovAGEING Award for a program designed in partnership with a residential care provider to transition pain management programs to an evidence-based exercise approach. She continues to work clinically with residents, and students, in residential care.