Development of a supervised exercise program delivered via telehealth for stroke survivors

Becoming more physically active after stroke reduces the risk factors associated with having another stroke in the future. Researchers at the University of Newcastle are designing an exercise program for people who have had a stroke, aimed at increasing their physical activity.

It’s very important that this exercise package meets the needs of stroke survivors and is something that people will actually want to do. Researchers are looking for stroke survivors to attend one workshop at the University of Newcastle to share their knowledge, opinions and experiences to help develop an exercise program that can be delivered over the internet.

Who can participate in the research?

People who have had a stroke and are over 18 years.

Why is the research being done?

It can be challenging to get more active when living with the effects of stroke. Using the internet to deliver exercise to people who have had a stroke in their own homes, with the support of a health professional, may help stroke survivors increase their physical activity and in turn, reduce their risk of future strokes.

This research project will involve people who have had a stroke, health professionals, researchers and other members of the community who are involved in the delivery of exercise services. Together they will use their knowledge and experience to create a program designed specifically for the needs of stroke survivors. The aim is to create a program that is accessible, easy and enjoyable to ensure the program is sustainable and offers the greatest benefits.

The exercise program developed through this research is planned to be tested in the near future by the research team involved in this project.

What would you be asked to do?

Participants will be asked to come to the University of Newcastle once for a workshop that runs for approximately 2 hours. You will need to arrange your own transport to the University. You may be seen by one or both of the following researchers:

During your visit you will participate in a workshop where people will discuss their experiences and opinions related to exercise. You will be asked to participate in one of two workshops:

  1. Will include people with a variety of experiences relating to exercise delivery for people who have had a stroke. Participants in the workshop may include researchers, physiotherapists, people who have had a stroke and healthcare managers.
  2. Will include only people who have had a stroke.

The information gained from the workshops will be used to develop an exercise program that is delivered via the internet for people who have had a stroke.

Regular breaks will be provided during the workshops.

Download participant information statement

Click here to download participant information statement

Register your interest

To find out more or to register your interest please contact Ms. Emily Ramage on 0408 669 204 (

Hunter Stroke Research Register

This study is also inviting people from the Stroke Research Register - Hunter to participate. To be invited to participate in other studies in stroke rehabilitation and recovery, register to join the Stroke Research Register - Hunter here.