Last updated 30/06/2014

Quiz still live online

The second national annual April Falls Quiz (a survey and competition) closed on 9 May 2014. Over 1500 people participated – a big thank you to you all, and also to those who publicised and distributed the quiz through their workplaces and networks.

You can still do the quiz to test your own knowledge on falls and falls prevention:

  • The 2014 Quiz will remain online until March 2015 – you can access it here. Note: We have reported on the data collected in the 2014 April Falls Quiz before it closed off on 9 May 2014. Data from quiz completions after this date will be reviewed to monitor the value of keeping the quiz open online and action any sign-ups to the falls newsletter.
  • Or download a pen and paper version here.

The answers to the 2014 Quiz are here.

National report

The report on the national results is now available here. It compares the 2014 results on six questions asked in the 2013 April Falls Quiz, and gives the result for ten new questions asked in 2014.

Reports for each DHB area include the responses from a range of provider organisations ( i.e. the DHB, aged residential care, primary health care, community and other organisations) and compare local 2014 results with those from 2013. The area reports are being sent to Directors of Nursing and Quality and Risk Managers in each DHB as people who will know how best to disseminate them locally and facilitate dialogue within falls prevention committees and cross-sector networks. Please be in touch with Julene Hope ( for any enquiries about DHB area reports.

Overall, we would like to highlight the opportunities for falls champions and educators to work with the results in the reports, and have provided in the reports an Appendix matching Quiz questions with the 10 Topics and a resource on the appropriate use of bedrails developed by First, Do No Harm. The Appendix is available in the national report, or find it here.

Prize winners

We received three names selected at random by Versus Research (the independent research company conducting the quiz on behalf of the Commission) for the three prize categories. We’d like to congratulate:

  • Hospital category: Saskia Hartemink, Rotorua Hospital, Lakes District Health Board.
  • Residential care category: Meg McHugh, Maida Vale Retirement Village, Bell Block, Taranaki.
  • Primary/community/other category: Sue Liddell, Equip Mental Health Services, Mairangi Bay, Auckland.

We’ll let you know more about these people and what they do with their prizes in the upcoming falls newsletter.

All entries qualified for one of three prizes, each to the value of $1000, for a development activity which grows the capability of an individual, team or organisation. The prizes are intended to build capability in health and related services in New Zealand, preferably related to falls prevention or quality improvement. Winners of the prizes will work with their organisations to propose an activity (which could be personal professional development, or which supports team, service or organisation development) acceptable to the Commission in order to receive the prize.

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