Community invited to safe footwear event with a twist
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14 April 2015

The Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB), primary health providers and Jane Winstone Retirement Village are joining forces to co-host a safe footwear event aimed at encouraging Whanganui district residents to buy, and wear, safe footwear to help keep themselves safe from falls.
 
The WDHB, in partnership with primary care and community groups, leads falls prevention strategies for the Whanganui district which it does in part, by raising awareness of falls prevention with health professionals, as well as consumers.
 
However, WDHB associate director of nursing projects, patient safety and quality Maree Sheard says the ‘big player’ in this effort is the Health Quality and Safety Commission (HQSC) which this year is focusing on prevention of harm from falls for its April Falls campaign and in particular, the role safe footwear plays in falls prevention.
 
To support this theme, an afternoon function ‘with a twist’ is being held at the Jane Winstone Retirement Village, 5pm on 22 April where members of the public and health professionals can find out all about safe footwear.
 
“Rather than making the event solely educational we’re planning a quiz on safe and unsafe footwear, and a ‘catwalk’ activity where safe footwear will be modelled and exhibited,” Mrs Sheard says.
 
“To encourage Whanganui people to wear safe footwear, several local shoe retailers will display a range of safe footwear they carry.
 
“Anyone who plans to attend is asked to call Jane Winstone on 06-348 9564 to confirm their numbers to help Jane Winstone staff plan their catering.”
 
Mrs Sheard says there is no charge to attend.