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BackFit Workshops

What is BackFit

BackFit is an injury prevention program delivered by CFA’s Health Programs. In 2018, all CFA Healthwatch sessions will be followed by a Backfit workshop (unless otherwise notified by the brigade).

What does it include?

BackFit includes a suite of multimedia resources and the BackFit workshops, both of which are designed to provide members with strategies to reduce their risk of musculoskeletal injuries and improve posture. Brigades will also receive a foam roller and spiky balls to assist with ongoing back care at the brigade!

Why is this important?

Sprains and strains are the leading cause of injury at CFA (approximately 44%), a large proportion of which are related to the back. Understanding the mechanisms behind these injuries and simple strategies for injury prevention can help to reduce your risk of experiencing a sprain or strain.


BackFit workshops run for 45 - 60 minutes with a focus on back care and injury prevention. The BackFit workshop has an emphasis on physical work and manual handling, as well as stretch and strengthening activities that can be utilised to reduce the risk of injury.

Through the BackFit workshops participants will learn about:

  • Basic human biomechanics 
  • Common problems which can result in pain or dysfunction
  • The importance of back care, posture and correct manual handling practices
  • How to perform simple and effective exercises to to get you moving better and reduce your risk of injury


To organise a BackFit workshop for your brigade, contact the CFA Health Team on 03 9262 8856 or at healthwatch@cfa.vic.gov.au or make a booking on the Healthwatch website www.esohealthwatch.gov.au