Falls & fractures prevention consultation opens

Scottish Government seeks views on strategy geared towards tackling social isolation and harm caused by falls

Tuesday 9th July 2019

Scots are being asked by the Scottish Government for their thoughts on a national falls and fracture prevention strategy.

Spanning 2019 to 2024, the government is keen to hear from individuals and organisations on a range of ambitions set out in the draft strategy.

From building resilience at a population-wide level to taking action earlier and building an integrated approach, the strategy will look to bring about a Scotland ‘where more people live a life free from harm and social isolation caused by falls.

Preventing, detecting and managing osteoporosis, a condition that weakens bones, as well as addressing the increased risk of falling among those with dementia form a key part of the draft strategy.

It is five years since the Government published a framework focused on moving away from an ad hoc approach and sought to act on every opportunity to prevent people experiencing recurrent falls and the associated decline in independence and quality of life.

Health and social care partnerships and a wide range of cross-sector partners have been working to implement the framework since then.