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Test new interventions

Test new interventions

Test new pragmatic fall-injury prevention interventions that build on previous evidence and offer novel solutions.

The TOP UP Study

A physiotherapy led telehealth and exercise intervention to improve mobility in older people receiving aged care services: an effectiveness and implementation randomised controlled trial.

Researcher –Mr Rik Dawson
(CRE Higher Degree Research Candidate)

Collaborators or Partners – Marina Pinheiro, Vasi Naganathan, Morag Taylor, Catherine Sherrington.

Summary

Throughout the first year of his CRE Scholarship, Rik worked with his supervisors Professor Sherrington and Dr Pinheiro, and other CRE collaborators, Professor Naganathan and Dr Taylor, to develop the ethics application and trial protocol. The TOP UP Study received ethics approval from Concord Hospital HREC in May 2021.  He has commenced recruitment and currently has 55 participants randomised and enjoying the intervention.  We are fortunate to obtain in-kind support from Whiddon, St Luke’s, and Ashfield Baptist Homes who purchased the iPads and provide aged care staff support to enable the physiotherapy zoom assessments and weekly exercise supervision. Working with Professor Delbaere from NeuRA he will be using the StandingTall app in the study to enhance participant exercise adherence.

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Grants Awarded $75000 September 2022. Dementia Centre for Research Collaboration Pilot Grant titled, “A physiotherapy-led telehealth and exercise intervention to improve mobility in older people receiving aged care services: an effectiveness and implementation randomised controlled trial (The TOP UP Study. Pinheiro, Dawson, Rayner, Sherrington).

https://www.dementia.org.au/research/foundation