You are here:  > Funded Research > Clinical Geriatic Medical Research Funds raised by AAAI are used to support innovative multidisciplinary Clinical Geriatric Medical Research at the Centre for Education and Research on Ageing. The emphasis of this research is to develop strategies and therapies to improve the quality of life and health of older people. The research covers an extensive range of methodologies from basic biological research, clinical research, epidemiology, health services and social science. Source:  Hospitalisations due to falls in older people, Australia, 2003–04,  Clare Bradley & James E Harrison,  June 2007, Australian Institute of  Health and Welfare, Canberra.  The CONFABS study (Concord Falls and Bone Service) As the diagram below illustrates, falls are common among older people. Falls can cause moderate to severe injuries, such as hip fractures and head traumas, result in a loss of independence, lead to other poor health outcomes and increase the risk of early death. Among the elderly, falls are a major public health problem but fortunately, falls are to a large extent preventable and research at CERA to determine interventions procedures is a vital part of AAAI’s funding. Funding AAAI has contributed to the funding for this study. The CONFABS (Concord Falls and Bone Service) study is a randomized clinical trial which is designed to assess the effectiveness of a specialist service providing targeted fall prevention interventions to older people following assessment of their fall risk combined with investigation for and treatment of osteoporosis. The aim of this study is to determine if this hospital based, specialist-led service effectively reduces the risk of falling and number of fallers in older people who have previously fallen. This is compared to an enhanced General Practitioner (G.P.) led intervention providing the G.P. with a baseline falls and osteoporosis risk assessment and generic recommendations for treatment. More information about the CONFABS study can be found on the Australian New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry web site. Clinical Geriatric Medical Research