ID: 175569

Balance Research Participants 60+ - online - # 175569

Health Regular - less than 6 months Anywhere

About this opportunity

The MovingTogther randomised controlled trial is a collaboration between NeuRA and UNSW.

The aims of the research: To explore the effectiveness of an online physical activity program delivered via Facebook in a population of adults over the age of 60 years old.

What's involved: The trial is completed entirely from home with no need to travel. Following expression of interest, you will answer some screening questionnaires. Once all eligible participants have been recruited, you will randomly be allocated to one of two groups. Both groups will have access to the MovingTogether program. Both groups will answer pre-assessment questionnaires before Group 1 starts their program, while Group 2 will have a 16-week wait between completing initial questionnaires and beginning their program. Over this time, both groups will be required to complete questionnaires at two other stages.

The program: The trial period runs for 10 weeks. Participants will join a private Facebook group, login weekly or more often and read/participate in the content if you choose. Focus topics will include goal setting, barriers to exercise, nutrition and sedentary behaviour etc. Participants will also gain access to the NeuRA’s StandingTall falls prevention and balance training program.

Key Eligibility: 60+ years of age, living in the community in Australia, have access to Facebook and a laptop or tablet and be able to walk household distances.

Benefits: Access to education from allied health professionals (including exercise physiologists and a dietitian) and NeuRA's StandingTall balance exercise program. Potential to improve mental health by gaining social support and engaging in physical activity.

Time Required

Participants will be guided by allied health professionals but time spent engaging with the program up to the participant

Suitable for
  • Groups of 10 or more
  • Online & Remote Volunteers
Type of work
  • Research, Policy & Analysis
  • Seniors & Aged Care
  • Sport & Physical Activity

Any training required to follow the programs as part of the study is provided