Identifying barriers, facilitators and strategies for implementing cardiac tele- rehabilitation to address access inequalities in Western Victoria

Overview: Exercise-based cardiac rehabilitation (exCR) saves lives but participation in current programs is very low in regional areas. We developed a technology solution that solves key accessibility issues to reach people in almost any location, but our program is only available in research trials. We’re working with health providers & people with heart disease to understand how to translate our program into clinical practice, so more people can experience the life-changing benefits of exCR.

Academic partners: Deakin University (lead), Federation University
Healthcare partners: Ballarat Health Services, Barwon Health, East Grampians Health Service, Stawell Regional Health.

Relevance to CRE: promoting translation of evidence-based digital interventions.

FundingWestern Alliance WA-844841
Project Team MembersCRE members: Ralph Maddison, Shariful Islam
Other: Matthew Wallen (Federation University); Fergal Grace
(Federation University), Luke Evans (Ballarat Health Services),
John Amerena (Barwon Health), Susie Cartledge (Flinders University)
ReferencesBrief description on funder website here.
Jonathan Rawstorn
Jonathan Rawstorn

Dr Rawstorn’s research broadly explores the use of mobile and web technologies to promote and support healthy lifestyle behaviour change, with a particular focus on physical activity and exercise