Canberra Uni receives $500,000 medical grant

UC Affiliate Professor, Dr Nicole Freene. Photograph: Twitter

THE College of Canberra (UC) will obtain funding of $510,070 in direction of a examine to assist enhance bodily exercise in cardiac rehabilitation sufferers.

The examine trial – referred to as “Measure It!” – happened via collaboration between UC, Queensland College of Know-how, the Australian Nationwide College (ANU), the College of Sydney and Monash College, with the funding given underneath the 2021 Medical Analysis Future Fund (MRFF) Cardiovascular Well being Mission scheme.

Lead researcher Affiliate Professor Dr Nicole Freene says that solely 15 per cent of these attending cardiac rehabilitation obtain the beneficial bodily exercise ranges, however a pilot examine discovered that if bodily exercise was repeatedly measured by a well being skilled, that quantity elevated.

“Having enough time to do that and promote bodily exercise has all the time been the key stumbling block for clinicians,” she says.

The “Measure It!” intervention was developed to take lower than 5 minutes per affected person.

“Measure It!” combines self-reporting with information recorded by a wearable exercise tracker, adopted by temporary recommendation on enhance bodily exercise.

“That self-reporting side empowers the affected person, but additionally makes them contemplate what sort of bodily exercise they incorporate into their lives,” says Prof Freene.

“‘Measure It!’ has the potential to drive modifications in the best way cardiac rehabilitation is delivered, in a method that’s each time and value efficient.”

The examine will run over 24 weeks, with 190 members from 5 cardiac rehabilitation packages within the ACT and NSW.