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Research for the Centre for Physical Activity in Ageing

The Centre for Physical Activity in Ageing (CPAA) has had an active research program for over 25 years with its major emphasis being to investigate the various relationships between exercise and ageing.

The CPAA research program began with unique work undertaken by Dr Phil Hamdorf and Professor Robert Penhall relating to the effects of exercise amongst older women. The CPAA research focus has always followed specific paths of enquiry. Research has been published and presented internationally in our efforts to inform both the scientific and general community to the benefits of an active lifestyle for older adults.

The Centre's research program has most often been undertaken as further study by staff members either as part of their work role or in a specific interest program and has included funded research through the acquisition of specific grants. The Centre has been successful in obtaining numerous grants from the NH&MRC, Royal Adelaide Hospital–Allied Health Grants, Department of Health and the Flinders University of South Australia.

Of particular note are the Churchill Fellowships awarded and undertaken by Dr Phil Hamdorf (Older Adult) and Mr Morgan Atkinson (Cancer and Survivorship)

Academic achievements of note include the PhD study undertaken by Dr Phil Hamdorf, Dr Amanda Foley-Gooding and Mr Danwin Chan (PhD in progress), Master’s study by Mr Robert Barnard (Stroke and Exercise), Ms Cheryl Quinn (Older Adult Self Efficacy), Honours Study undertaken by Mr Morgan Atkinson (Cancer and Exercise) and Ms Megan Phillips (Nutrition and Older Adults).

Research focus areas

1990: SAHC, RAH and Flinders University funded study of 60 to 70 year old females

1994: NHMRC and RAH funded study of 80 to 90 year old females

1995-7: Study of the efficacy of exercise amongst post-acute CVA patients

1998-9: Functional fitness of 60 to 80 year old men and women

2000: Walking speed, functional fitness and strength amongst 20 to 90 year old men and women

2001: Validation of functional fitness assessments

2002: Physiological responses to intense exercise in Master’s Rowers

2003: Functional change in stroke clients following short term exercise training

2004: Functional improvements following short term intense training in long term CVA survivors

2005: New client attendance linked to perceptions and self-efficacy

2006: Functional performance, quality of life and biochemical improvements following intra-dialactic exercise – a pilot study

2007: Efficacy of one vs two exercise training sessions per week in post day rehabilitation centre clients

2007-14: Efficacy of Exercise Interventions and Cancer Survivorship

2008: Characteristics of an Intra-dialactic exercise program – Factors for sustaining a program

2009: Functional performance outcomes of long term adherence to a single exercise session per week – post rehabilitation

2010: Chronic Disease Self-Management Support – CDSMSupport training for Exercise Physiologists: A developmental approach

2011: Improved functional outcomes following exercise training for Chronic Heart Failure clients

2012: Reduced hospitalizations for CHF clients associated with long term adherence to exercise training

2013: Outcomes from participation in the Home Activity Monitoring Program (HAMP) on functional status and falls risk in independent, home dwelling, 65-80 year old adults – a randomly controlled trial

2013-14: Balance improvement and reduction in falls risk following strength training interventions in older adults

Scientific papers / posters

  1. P Bennett, R Daly, S Fraser, T Haines, R Barnard, C Ockerby and B Kent The impact of an exercise physiologist coordinated resistance exercise program on the physical function of people receiving hemodialysis: a stepped wedge randomised control study. BioMedCentral Nephrology, 2013.
  2. Foley A, Hillier S, Barnard R. A randomised controlled trial investigating the effectiveness of once-weekly gym-based exercise programs for older adults post discharge from a day rehabilitation program: Six-month follow-up.British Journal of Sports Medicine, 2011.
  3. Foley A, Hillier S, Barnard R. Effectiveness of once-weekly gym-based exercise programs for older adults post discharge from day rehabilitation: a randomised controlled trial. British Journal of Sports Medicine. Accepted for publication 4th December 2009; published online 20th March, 2010.
  4. Bennett P, Breugelmans L, Barnard R, Agius M, Chan D, Fraser D, Mc Neil L, Potter L, Sustaining a Hemodialysis Exercise Program: A Review, Seminars in Dialysis, 2010.
  5. Foley A, Hillier S, Barnard R. Evaluation of a geriatric day rehabilitation centre: subjective and objective outcomes in community-dwelling older adults. Australian Journal of Primary Health, 2009.

Research publications Pre - 2000

  1. Halbert, J.A. Silagy, C.A., Finucane, P., Withers, R.T. and P.A Hamdorf. Physical activity and cardiovascular risk factors: effect of advice from an exercise specialist in Australian general practice. Medical Journal of Australia. 173:84-7, 2000.
  2. Halbert, J.A. Silagy, C.A., Finucane, P., Withers, R.T. and P.A Hamdorf. Recruitment of older adults for a randomized, controlled trial of exercise advice in a general practice setting. Journal of American Geriatrics Society 47:1-5, 1999.
  3. Halbert, J.A. Silargy, C.A., Finucane, P., Withers, R.T. and P.A Hamdorf. Exercise training and blood lipids in hyperlipidemic and normolipidemic adults: a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition 53:514-522, 1999.
  4. Halbert, J.A. Silargy, C.A., Finucane, P., Withers, R.T., Hamdorf, P.A. and G.R. Andrews. The effectiveness of exercise training in lowering blood pressure: A meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials of 4 weeks or longer. Journal of Human Hypertension 11:641-649, 1997.
  5. Hamdorf, P.A. and R.K. Penhall. Walking with its training effects on the fitness and habitual activity patterns of 79 - 91 year old females. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Medicine 29:22-28, 1999.
  6. Finucane, P., Giles, L.C., Withers, R.T., Silargy, C.A., Sedgewick, A., Hamdorf, P.A., Halbert, J.A., Cobiac, C., Clark, M.S. and G.R. Andrews. Exercise profile and subsequent mortality in an elderly Australian population. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health 21:155-158, 1997.
  7. Hamdorf, P.A. and R.K. Penhall. Exercise in old age: an important prescription for good health. Modern Medicine 38:66-79, 1995.
  8. Hamdorf, P.A., Barnard, R.K. and R.K. Penhall. "Staying Fit and Healthy": a model preventive health fitness program for older adults. Australian Journal of Ageing 12:28-31, 1993.
  9. Hamdorf, P.A., Withers, R.T., Penhall, R.K. and J.L. Plummer. A follow up study on the effects of training on the fitness and habitual activity patterns of 60 - 70 year old women. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 74:473-477, 1993
  10. Hamdorf, P.A., Withers, R.T., Penhall, R.K. and M.V. Haslam. Physical training effects on the fitness and habitual activity patterns of elderly women. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 73:603-8, 1992.
  11. Hamdorf, P.A. and R.K. Penhall. Geriatric rehabilitation and physical education: a new direction. Australian Journal of Ageing 10:15-16, 1991.
  12. Hamdorf, P.A. and R.K. Penhall. Geriatric rehabilitation and physical education: a new direction. Australian Journal of Ageing 10:15-16, 1991.

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