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Working together to reduce falls in over 65’s

ACC, in conjunction with the Ministry of Health, the Health Quality and Safety Commission and local health partners, have committed to work to reduce injuries from falls for older people.  A key part of this work is the provision of Community Strength and Balance programmes for those older adults who are at risk of falling.

Harbour Sport has been contracted by ACC as the Lead Agency of the Community Strength and Balance initiative in the Auckland District Health Board area (Auckland Central) and Waitemata District Health Board area (North Shore and West Auckland). Our role is to ensure more people over the age of 65 years have access to variety of exercise classes that help with fall prevention.

What we do:

Establish, maintain and grow a network of approved Community Strength and Balance class providers;

  • Support existing providers,
  • Help set up new classes in areas of identified need
  • Approve a wide variety of suitable classes,
  • Grow our network of classes,
  • Connect the provider network.

Establish and maintain a falls referral service;

  • Establish and maintain a network of referrers,
  • Receive referrals from public and community health organisations,
  • Support those referred into the network of community strength and balance classes.

Grow and promote the Community Strength and Balance class programme;

  • Increase awareness of the programme through various channels.

Older Adults

Find out how to assess and reduce your falls risk.

Exercise Providers

Join our network for exclusive benefits.

Health Professionals

Assess falls risk and refer your patient to our Falls Referral service.

Charlotte Cuffe

Charlotte Cuffe

Community Strength & Balance Manager

Anna Simons

Anna Simons

Community Strength & Balance Administrator

Louise Bartlett

Louise Bartlett

Community Strength & Balance Trainer

Sarah Freiberg

Sarah Freiberg

Community Strength & Balance Trainer

Elin Noyer

Elin Noyer

Community Strength & Balance Trainer

Latest Resources and News

The Latest News

Vacancy – Cycle Skills Instructors – Harbour Sport

Harbour Sport are looking for passionate cycle skills instructors for our delivery into Primary & Intermediate Schools in North & West Auckland.

We are keen to talk to ex-teachers, uni students, sports coaches or anyone that can relate to tamariki and give them the best experience possible.
Full training will be provided.

You will need a current first aid cert, to be able to ride a bicycle and be confident to teach tamariki Y5-8 in the school environment.

Choose your own hours, mon-fri, term time only.
If you are interested please email or call 027 700 3207 for more info.

Vacancy – Director of Sport – Glenfield College

Glenfield College is a co-educational secondary school with a roll of approximately 700 students. We
seek a suitably trained and qualified person to fill this fulltime position. Excellent communication and
organisational skills, along with a passion for seeing our youth active in sports are sought. It is an
advantage to still be active in sports as a competitor or coach and you should be available to attend
school sport outside of school hours.