Novel telehealth approaches for delivering lifestyle programs for older adults with chronic disease
A number of chronic diseases, including obesity, diabetes, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis and sarcopenia (the age-related decline in skeletal muscle mass and function), contribute to loss of independence and poor quality of life in older adults. Current guidelines endorse the prescription of exercise and nutrition interventions to maintain health and independence, however older adults with chronic diseases are among the least likely to engage in these recommendations.
Telehealth strategies offer great promise for management of older adults with chronic diseases because they can improve information sharing between multiple health professionals, and between health professionals and patients, while supporting patient self-management, and increasing access to health care services for underserviced populations such as rural and remote areas.
The overall aim of this PhD is to investigate the effectiveness of new telehealth methods for delivering lifestyle prescriptions in older adults with chronic diseases.
Applications are invited for a PhD student to work under the supervision of Associate Professor David Scott and Dr Paul Jansons.
This project will investigate the effectiveness of new telehealth methods for delivering lifestyle prescriptions in older adults with chronic diseases.
This project would suit applicants with a background in exercise science, exercise physiology, dietetics, and/or physiotherapy.
Applicants should have a minimum of upper second class honours or the equivalent as outlined on the research degrees and masters entry pathways page. An academic background related to the musculoskeletal system is preferred, and previous research experience including the use of medical imaging modalities, physical activity and/or nutrition weight loss interventions, medication adherence, and/or telehealth systems are desirable.
We will work with suitably qualified applicants to apply for scholarship funding.
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