Education Committee

FFN Education Committee


FFN Education Committee (Edu Com) aims to create a multidisciplinary network of experts for improving treatment and secondary prevention of fragility fractures. Over the last few years Edu Com became a wide and structured Committee with different activities:

Fragility Fracture Nursing book (edited by Karen Hertz and Julie Santy-Tomlinson), a Springer open access published in 2018 (
The book has up to May 2021 199k chapter downloads and has been a great success around the world. It has been translated into Chinese and Greek and soon will be translated into Portuguese, Spanish, Russian and Albanian.

Second Edition Orthogeriatrics (OG2), in open access edited by Paolo Falaschi and David Marsh ( with 200k chapter downloads in just nine months from publication. This book will help  to look at the future based on the dissemination of the message and the philosophy of the Call to Action (CtA). Shortly it will be translated into Spanish, Chinese/Mandarin,Russian, Greek, Albanian and Hindi/Marathi.

Interdisciplinary nutritional management and care for older adults: an evidence-based practical guide for nurses. This book is being coordinated by two editors (Jack Bell and Ólöf Guðný Geirsdóttir) with great experience in management of nutrition. The support of the open access version (it will be published by September 2021) will greatly  facilitate its dissemination. FFN has been facing  the importance of nutritional aspects thanks to the educational initiatives.

based on the Fragility Fracture Nursing book. This project has been realised in many European countries with a format of in presence educational courses, based on the 12 chapters of the Nursing book (Portugal, Italy, Greece, Germany, Turkey, Ireland, UK, Lithuania). Shortly the  courses will also take place in the Philippines, Brazil and Russia, while in China it was supported by the Orthopedic Committee of the Chinese Nursing Association that is training 600 chief nurses in all the country. This initiative will be supported by an online approach, maintaining the interactivity as well using a blended model in order to consent personal interactions, active discussions and creation of a professional network that would reinforce mutual skills.

The FFN  Nursing Team is composed by: Karen Hertz – Team Coordinator, Julie Santy-Tomlinson, Louise Brent, Charlotte Myhre Jansen, Maria Eduarda Batista de Lima, Panagiota Copanitsanou, Aline Tavares Domingos, Ami Hommel, Andréa Marques, Mette Irene Martinsen, Oliver Mauthner, Lucia Mielli, Marsha van Oostwaard, Lingli Peng, Patrick Roigk, Merdiye Sendir, Lina Spirgiene, Sigrún Sunna Skúladóttir, Rasa Valaviciene.

that can be utilized from all over the world and will be accessible for free. The project is under construction and consists of 14 modules, with an easy-to-understand language, on the theoretical, practical and emotional management of a patient who has suffered a fragility fracture. The course can be adapted and translated by the national FFNs interested in supporting caregivers in their countries. Maria Eduarda Batista de Lima is the coordinator of the initiative.

The other members of this project are Paolo Falaschi, Stefano Eleuteri, Karen Hertz, Julie Santy-Tomlinson, Charlotte Myhre Jansen, Andréa Marques, Aline Tavares Domingos, Lingli Peng, Lucy Wang, Sanlian Hu, Panagiota Copanitsanou, Lina Spirgiene, Monica Perracini, Patrocinio Ariza Vega, Maureen Ashe, Alessandro Lupo, Anna Giulia Macchiarelli.

Nutritional aspects are fundamental in older subjects, frail and sarcopenic, as correct nutrition is important for recovery function.

The aim of this project is to educate all health professionals who can influence the prevention of fragility fractures and the care and management of older subjects in the follow up. The contents of this Educational Project will be based on the Nutrition book on Interdisciplinary nutritional management and care for older adults.

The multidisciplinary Advisory Board of this project has been identified with the following participants: Paolo Falaschi, geriatrician, Edu Com Chair, Stefano Eleuteri, psychologist, Edu Com Deputy Chair, Jack Bell, dietician, Matteo Cesari, geriatrician, Jacqueline Close, geriatrician, Lorenzo Donini, medical nutritionist, Olof Geirsdottir, dietician, Karen Hertz, nurse, Helen Wilson, orthogeriatrician, Silvia Migliaccio, endocrinologist, Elias Panagiotopoulos, orthopaedics, Monica Perracini, physio, Julie Santy-Tomlinson, nurse, Sigrún Sunna Skúladóttir, nurse.

This multidisciplinary project will fit to disseminate the message of the Second Edition book and the CtA and would consent different educational levels in different medical specialties and healthcare professionals.

This project will be organized in two different phases: i) Dissemination through multidisciplinary Dreyfus skill levels model approach to the healthcare professionals ii) Dissemination to patients, caregivers and public, that should be based on different contents using an easy-to-understand language.

The multidisciplinary Advisory Board of this project has been identified with the following participants: David Marsh; Nicola Veronese; Paolo Falaschi; Finbarr Martin; Opinder Sahota; Helen Wilson; Stuart White; Henrik Palm; Stig Brorson Giulio Pioli; Maria Crotty; Stefano Eleuteri; Nicholas Fuggle; Laura Tafaro; Hubert Blain; Jack Bell; Cristina Ojeda-Thies; Julie Santy-Tomlinson; Paul Mitchell.

This project will have a great impact to spread the multidisciplinary approach in the healthcare professionals, facilitating the planning of stages in the most renewed FFN units around the world. That will allow to applicant fellows to spend a 3/6/12 months training period in outstanding FFN centres in North and Latin America, Europe, Asia, Australia/New Zealand. This project will have a great impact to spread the multidisciplinary approach to fragility fracture healthcare professional. The following topics of fragility fracture management will be available to fellows: Orthogeriatrics, Hip Fracture Surgery, Spine Centre, Hip Fracture Audit, Fracture Liaison Services, Rehabilitation/Physiotherapy, Nursing, Nutrition.

Membership Application

No additional membership cost to FFN individual members.

Coordination and Membership

Paolo Falaschi (Chair), Stefano Eleuteri (Deputy Chair), Nicola Napoli (Bone Specialist), Maria Eduarda Batista de Lima, Julie Santy-Tomlinson & Karen Hertz (Nursing), Monica Perracini (Physio), Minghui Yang & Elias Panagiotopoulos (Orthopaedics)