Remotely supervised exercise training for heart failure

Overview:
Exercise rehabilitation improves quality of life, reduces hospital admissions, and saves lives for people with heart failure, but its potential impact hasn’t been realised because too few people can access face-to-face programs in hospitals. Digital technologies can overcome several key barriers by remotely connecting people with rehabilitation specialists to receive real-time supervision and coaching during exercise. This approach improves health and saves money when delivered to people with coronary artery disease, but requires design adaptation to meet the specific needs of people with heart failure.
We will adapt our proven coronary heart disease digital technology platform to meet the needs of remotely delivering real-time individualised exercise supervision and coaching to people with heart failure. Exercise rehabilitation participants and practitioners (i.e. people who deliver exercise rehabilitation programs) will be closely involved in this research to ensure the digital technology platform is suitable for their needs.

Academic partners: Deakin University
Healthcare partners: Western Health

Relevance to CRE: leveraging evidence-based digital interventions for broader application/impact across related clinical populations.

Lead ResearchersJonathan Rawstorn
Project FundingHeart Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship
Names of any other project
team members
Ralph Maddison
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.