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OtagoExercise Program

Welcome to the Otago Exercise Program information page!


Otago is an evidence-based fall prevention program delivered by physical therapists in the home. This web page contains the Otago Exercise Program Training Manual and links to an online training program for physical therapists.


By joining this site, you will gain access to a community of practitioners dedicated to fall prevention through physical therapy.


Join today and learn the best way to deliver Otago and be reimbursed for your services!

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Latest Activity: Oct 10

OtagoTraining Materials

*Online Otago Training*


Visit the Carolina Geriatric Education Center at the University of North Carolina's School of Medicine for Otago Resources:

  • online Otago training course
  • tools for practice
  • patient information
  • demonstration videos 

Access the 2013 Otago Implementation Guide,  "Tools to Implement the Otago Exercise Program: A Program to Reduce Falls".

Track outcomes using the Otago outcomes database materials or access a free online database by emailing

Spanish translation of the exercises HERE

 Let's Talk Otago -  Q&A Webinars on the 2nd Wednesday of each month 5 - 6 EST Details Here


More information on training opportunities (under "Pages" )

New pages, discussions, and documents are added frequently. Please check each section for updates.


Community Discussions and Documents

Otago Q& A Chat

Started by tiffany.shubert Jul 15, 2013.

Otago Videos, Otago Audio Files

Started by tiffany.shubert May 21, 2013.

Check here for the latest news on training and dissemination

Started by tiffany.shubert May 14, 2013.

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Comment by Jill Wigmore-Welsh on April 22, 2014 at 11:01am

Hi here I am in the UK and have completed the online course and found it excellent. The system of healthcare in the UK tends to put this kind of work over to personal trainers out in the community. So its great to get the chance to complete this course. I work doing case management of complex injuries and I've already prescribed Otago for one client. I'm hoping to bring the falls work into my work with this client group. My mother has also been started on the program by me and she has already progressed well. I'm having some difficulty getting good quality ankle weights that can go up to bigger weights than 1 kilo . 2.2 pounds. So if anyone has any links I would be very grateful. Thank you

Comment by Nancy Avena on April 3, 2014 at 5:22pm

I have just taken the online course and work in an outpatient clinic and was hoping to connect with any home care agencies in the St Louis area who have implemented an Otago. Let me know if you are out there!

Comment by Mary Catoe on January 19, 2014 at 4:43pm

Dear Darci Alexander and Siobhan McMahon,

Yes I have entered several patients with neuro diagnosis in the Otago program and study. It is ok to use the program in a patient that we expect to decline as long as they benefit from the program. I do not expect improvement in FOM's although it is likely initially to see improved strength, endurance and balance as they begin the program over the first few months. But over 12 months, I typically see a decline in FOM's even though they are compliant with the exercises due to progression of the disease process. We are not just looking for candidates that will improve in FOM's but those that will benefit from participating. I believe the program does retard the decline seen in progressive neuro disorders such as MS and Parkinsons and is an excellent tool to keep them at their highest functional level and reduce fall risk. I look at Otago as a fall reduction "pill". Who would I prescribe it to? Anyone who can benefit regardless of the outcome data. 

I am entering a patient with Guillian-Barre in the study this week. 

Hope that helps!


Mary Catoe, PT, GCS

Comment by Beth Black on January 5, 2014 at 11:12pm

I have been hearing about a community-based program in New Zealand, based on the Otago program, called Steady as You Go. Here are some links:

Is anyone aware of this program being provided in the United States?

Comment by Siobhan McMahon on January 5, 2014 at 1:34am

I have been using the Otago program in a Home Health setting and have had problems with elderly pt's continuing the program over a prolonged period.

Comment by Siobhan McMahon on December 20, 2013 at 3:26pm

Have been using Otago program for quite a while- finally doing the online course!

Comment by Siobhan McMahon on November 29, 2013 at 12:16pm

I am a physical therapy student at WCU.  Two of my three rotations thus far have been at outpatient orthopedic settings (both in NC), however I am just now hearing about the Otago program in my PT for older adults course.  It seems as though many of the patients on my case load could have benefitted from the program, and I am wondering at what rate practicing PT's are seeing referrals for this program/if PT's are just taking it upon themselves to implement the program at the end of an episode of care following PT for a TKA, back pain, falls, etc..?  It seems to me like we have a huge role to increase awareness among referral sources and with colleagues who may have patients on their caseload who are appropriate for this program.

Comment by tiffany.shubert on November 22, 2013 at 6:55am

Hi Siobhan,

Thank you for all of your very thought provoking posts on phConnect. I have a colleague at UNC that is considering implementing OEP with adults with developmental disabilities. I would love to connect you two and also tell you about the database we have created for PTs to use to track patient outcomes. Please email me for more information at

Comment by Siobhan McMahon on November 21, 2013 at 1:52pm
I work with adults with developmental disabilities, many of whom could benefit from this program. Does anyone have any specific experience using this with this population?
Comment by Siobhan McMahon on November 17, 2013 at 7:37pm

I like that the Otago program is designed to encourage communication and collaboration between different health care providers.


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