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Physical Activity in Older Adults

Project Information

Barriers to Physical Activity in Older Adults


Dr John Oldroyd
Priscilla Bryan

Master of Public Health

You are invited to participate in the research project described below.

What is the project/survey about?
Regular physical activity is a protective factor against the development and progression of many chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes mellitus and some forms of cancer. Despite this, only 15% of older adults (> 65 years) are meeting the recommended physical activity guidelines in Australia. The aim of this research is to understand the barriers that are preventing older adults in doing more physical activity.  

Who is undertaking the project?
This project is being conducted by Priscilla Bryan and will form the basis of a Masters of Public Health degree at Australian Catholic University under the supervision of Dr John Oldroyd.   

Are there any risks associated with participating in this project? 
We do not believe there are any risks associated with participation. This short survey will involve answering general questions about yourself (eg. relationship status, education) that allows us to understand the differences and/or similarities amongst other older adults. Survey participation is voluntary. If these questions make you feel uncomfortable, you can exit the survey at any time.

What will I be asked to do?
The survey will also ask you a couple of questions about your current physical activity, your health and what you believe are the main barriers to starting or doing more physical activity.

How much time will the project take?
This short survey will take 2 - 4 minutes to complete.  The survey will be open from 1st July until 21st July 2019. 

What are the benefits of the research project?
The information we learn from the survey responses can be used to better guide planning programs or activities for older adults.

Can I withdraw from the study?
Participation in this study is completely voluntary. You are not under any obligation to participate. If you agree to participate, you can withdraw from the study at any time.  Since the project involves the submission of an anonymous survey, it will not be possible to withdraw data once you have submitted your response.

Will anyone else know the results of the project?
This survey will be confidential and anonymous. Confidentiality will be assured by storing data securely and not sharing it outside the study team. The responses from the survey will be used in a thesis (report). It may also be represented in scientific and health community literature. The responses from the survey are anonymous and non-identifiable. All of the survey responses will be grouped together, individual participants will not be identified.

Will I be able to find out the results of the project?
If you are interested in receiving a copy of the report, please email your request to

Who do I contact if I have questions about the project?
You can contact the researcher directly via email ( or by phone on 0412 713 297.

What if I have a complaint or any concerns?
The study has been reviewed by the Human Research Ethics Committee at Australian Catholic University (review number 2019-109E). If you have any complaints or concerns about the conduct of the project, you may write to the Manager of the Human Research Ethics and Integrity Committee care of the Office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research).

Manager, Ethics and Integrity
c/o Office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor(Research)
Australian Catholic University
North Sydney Campus
PO Box 968
Ph.: 02 9739 2519
Fax: 02 9739 2870

Any complaint or concern will be treated in confidence and fully investigated. You will be informed of the outcome.


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