We hope the findings of this project lead to improved physical activity levels in adults who have difficulty walking.
The aim is to evaluate the effectiveness of two physical activity interventions on adults with self-reported walking difficulty. The participant will be allocated to one of three groups. The first intervention includes: a tailored physical activity plan based on a face-to-face assessment with a physiotherapist; six months of phone-based health coaching; use of technology to keep you active and access to online resources. The second intervention is a less intensive health-coaching program involving a phone consultation with a physiotherapist, monthly text messages to follow up and access to online resources. The third group will receive no intervention for the first six months and then receive the second intervention for the second six months. The project will be conducted over 12 months. You may be eligible to participate in this study if you are 18 years or older, living in the community, and have a mobility limitation – difficulty or inability to walk 800m.
Principal Investigator: Professor Cathie Sherrington (IMH)
Chief Investigators: Professor Rana Hinman (University of Melbourne), Professor Maria Crotty (Flinders University), Professor Tammy Hoffmann (Bond University), Associate Professor Anne Tiedemann (IMH), Professor Lisa Harvey (University of Sydney), Professor Nicholas Taylor (La Trobe University) and Dr Leanne Hassett (IMH).
For more information about this project, please contact Dr Leanne Hassett.
This is a NHMRC Project Grant (2018 – 2021).