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Active Women over 50

Female? Aged 50 years or older? Want to become more physically active?

This study aims to investigate the effects on the individual’s physical activity and health of attending a free 1-hour workshop that provides information about the importance of physical activity for maximising physical and mental health and preventing disability. The workshop will also provide information about existing local opportunities for group and individual exercise.

If you decide to participate in this research study, you will be randomly allocated to either attend the workshop straight away (July) or to wait 3 months before taking part (November). Participants will have their current physical activity measured and complete a short questionnaire at the start of the study and again after 3 months, evaluating health status, attitude to exercise, and knowledge about the benefits of physical activity.

The study is being run by researchers from The University of Sydney School of Public Health and Discipline of Physiotherapy: Prof Cathie Sherrington, Assoc. Prof Anne Tiedemann, Prof Colleen Canning, Dr Leanne Hassett, Prof Roberta Shepherd, Ms Elly Howse, and supported through seed funding from the Healthy Sydney University and Move More, Sit Less working group.

This study (2017/115) has been approved by the University of Sydney HREC.


You may be eligible to participate in this study if you are:

  • female
  • aged 50 or older
  • a University of Sydney staff member and 
  • healthy enough to take part in regular physical activity.

How to participate

Participation is free.

The workshop will be held at The University of Sydney Camperdown and Lidcombe campus sites.

If you are interested in assisting with this important and exciting area of research, please contact the study facilitator:

Geraldine Wallbank