Better Balance Project
A project evaluating the impact of an exercise intervention on falls risk amongst people 65 years and over and referred to the Better Balance Project because of a falls history or fear of falling. Outcomes included a reduction in risk of falling over the upcoming 2 years of at least 50%.
Keeping Up Project
This project provided a safe and effective exercise intervention that protected against falls in people living with End Stage Renal Failure and with an increased risk of falling.
Renalrobics program at Wollongong Hospital Renal Unit, report authored by Owen Curtis, with a video produced which records one participant’s enthusiastic involvement in this program, an example of self-management in action. This project focused on provision of exercise for people with chronic kidney failure and requiring dialysis, with the exercise occurring during the dialysis.
Many of Owen’s initiatives at the University of Wollongong were reported in the local media, and some of these reports can be seen below.
Privately Funded Evaluation
NSW Division of GP – Practice Nurse Project
Owen and Sue undertook research with Practice Nurses, identifying changes in professional behaviours through exposure to the CCSM Support Tools Workshop. This research was funded through GPNSW and the link to the report is below.
Illawarra Breast Cancer Support Group Evaluation Report, authored by Dr Sue Curtis
Sue worked with the IBCSG to evaluate the outcomes of their engagement with members who were living with Cancer.
Aunty Jean’s Good Health Team
Illawarra Aboriginal Vascular Health Program Evaluation Report, authored by Dr Sue Curtis
Sue and Owen worked closely with local Indigenous members of the community to develop the Aunty Jean’s Good Health Team which provided participants with the opportunity to meet regularly, undergo health checks, physical activity, education and camaraderie. This particular program has been running 10 years and is being rolled out through NSW. Sue evaluated this project.
Illawarra Aboriginal Vascular Health Program: Aunty Jean’s Good Health Team Report: listening to the Elders to create an Aboriginal Chronic and Complex Care Program.
To see a short video of responses from participants to the involvement in this program, please visit http://youtu.be/0I9RFCy_ZrU
For an overview of this project visit Australian Indigenous HealthInfo Net
Active Aging Project
Funded research into the impact of CCSM Support Tools Workshop on 70 Accredited Exercise Physiologists across South Eastern Australia
Owen and Sue were involved in a project funded to the value of $200,000 through ABHI and in collaboration with Active Aging South Australia and the Centre for Physical Activity in Aging at Hampstead Private Hospital. The workshops targeting CCSM Support, were provided on-line and face to face and focused on improving the manner in which the AEPs engaged their clients and supported health related behaviour change, with an emphasis on a patient centred care approach. The workshops were conducted in NSW, Victoria and South Australia. A comprehensive report was provided for DoHA.