Help design the iREBOUND online program – for eating well and moving more after stroke 

We’re looking for people who have experience and knowledge in stroke to help design an online platform for stroke prevention that will be freely available. This involves taking part in two two-hour workshops by videoconference. 

Why is this research being done? 

Having a more nutritious diet and increasing physical activity after stroke reduces the risk of having another future stroke. But we know that the effects of a stroke can make it really difficult to get active and to prepare food and change eating patterns.  

Our research team, which includes stroke survivors, health professionals and scientists at the University of Newcastle have designed the iREBOUND program. This program is being tested at the moment. It provides telehealth support for people to eat healthy and move more, with dietitian and physiotherapist guidance. It’s designed specifically for people who have had a stroke. 

Watch: Dina would like to invite you to design this program with us  


 What does this project involve? 

This project is about adapting the iREBOUND program to an online format, so that it can be freely available to people with stroke can when they need it, wherever they need it. The program needs to be suitable and user-friendly for people with a range of impacts from their stroke, including problems with movement, thinking or memory, and speech.  

We’re looking for people who have had a stroke, health professionals, and researchers to volunteer to work with us over two sessions to share knowledge and experience. We want to design an online platform that everyone can and wants to use. 

Once the online program is developed, there are plans to test it and continue to develop it to meet the needs of its users. 


Who can participate in this research? 

People over 18 who can contribute knowledge and experience to support the development of the online platform.  

  • Stroke survivors  
  • Carers  
  • Health professionals and health service managers  
  • Other stakeholders, such as people who work with non-government organisations and provide supports for people with stroke   

We are an inclusive research centre. We are looking for people with a range of life and stroke experiences to take part in this project. Racism, homophobia, ageism and ableism have no place in our research.  


What would you be asked to do? 

You would be asked to attend two workshops via videonconference (eg zoom) with 3-6 other people with different knowledge and experience of stroke. The workshops will be no longer than 2 hours in length. There will be breaks during the workshops.  

In the sessions you will work with the research team to  

  • Map out, from your personal experience, the things that might make it hard, or easy to engage with an online platform for healthy eating and physical activity  
  • Which skills or supports people might need to make it easier to use a online platform, and make changes in their own life  
  • Give feedback about the prototype to make sure we’ve got it right. 

If you’re not tech-savvy, that’s OK! We can help you get set up and ready to use the videoconference program and make sure you have support.  


Find out more:  

Click here for participant information statement 

Click here for aphasia friendly information 


Register your interest: 

Dina Pogrebnoy  

0403432415 or  


Stroke Research Register, Hunter  

To be invited to participate in other studies in stroke recovery, register here

The project team:  

Professor Coralie English, School of Health Sciences and Priority Research Centre for Stroke and Brain Injury, University of Newcastle, NSW  

Dr Amanda Patterson, Senior Lecturer, School of Health Sciences and Priority Research Centre for Stroke and Brain Injury, University of Newcastle, NSW  

Dr Lesley MacDonald-Wicks, Senior Lecturer, School of Health Sciences and Priority   Research Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition, University of Newcastle