Falls are the leading cause of fatal injuries among older people, but experts from across Europe argue they shouldn’t just written off as a unavoidable consequence of ageing.  Research shows that there are plenty of things people can do to prevent falls escalating with age.

Many people wrongly think that falls are just a part of ageing and something to be expected as you get older, but that is not true. But this misunderstanding is not surprising as falls happen so often – around a third of people over-65 and half of those over 80 will fall every year.

 "Everything you always wanted to ask the EXPH ........."

At the second day of the EFPC 1/2 September Barcelona conference a Q & A session will be organised with the EU Expert Panel on Effective Ways of Investing in Health (EXPH) members Prof Jan De Maeseneer and Dr Sarah Thomson. We will provide a time-slot of 45 minutes to ask your questions which have come to your mind while responding to the EXPH preliminary opinion on "Definition primary care with emphasis on financing systems and referral systems" which got a great response of many Primary Care experts throughout Europe.

If you also want to ask your questions, please register for the conference!

With new confirmations from WHO Geneva, ProFound and the European Medicines Agency the EFPC conference raises its profile. Their contributions will focus on the new WHO report on Adolescent Health and the competences of Primary Care professionals in this respect, presented by Ms Valentina Baltag, the latest development if it comes fall-prevention from the 7thFP ProFound project and the input from Primary Care professionals related to their role in the safe and rational use of medicines. The EMA head of department for Patients and Healthcare professionals, Ms Isabelle Moulon will take part in the EMA workshop in order to stimulate the creation of a Network of Primary Health Care to the European Medicines Agency (EMA) - a new EFPC Working Group. Also for the fall-prevention topic EFPC will create a new working group chaired by Ms Marije Bolt, EFPC advisory board member.

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Following the workshop “Inequity by disease … a new challenge?” at the EFPC meeting in Götenborg (2012), the department of Family Medicine and Primary Health Care of Ghent University and NIVEL (Netherlands Institute for Health Services Research) started a research project on “inequity by disease”.