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Call for Participants: Improving walking stability in people with Parkinson’s disease using real-time feedback

Title:  Improving walking stability in people with Parkinson’s disease using real-time feedback  Project Number or ID: (2018-196H)

Start and End Date: 01/08/2018 to 30/06/2019
Honours Student: Kate McMaster;  Supervisor: Dr. Mark Creaby
Ethics Approval: This project has been approved by the Australian Catholic University Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC: 2018-196H).
Project Outline:
Many people with Parkinson’s disease experience falls and there is evidence to indicate that some aspects of the way we walk may increase the risk of falling. Therefore, the purpose of this research study is to provide participants with information about their walking patterns to help them adopt a more stable walking pattern. By analysing participant’s responses to the training during walking we will be better able to understand potential paths for future research and interventions that may be able to prevent falls in this population.

Am I eligible to participate?
If you have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, have experienced a fall in the last 12 months, are under 80 years of age and can walk independently, you may be eligible to participate in this research project. If you are interested in participating, further eligibility criteria will be assessed through a series of questions and short exams that will be completed over the phone, and at your first testing session.

What does participation involve?
If you agree to participate, you will be asked to attend 2 testing sessions at Australian Catholic University, Brisbane Campus. Each session will last between 1 and 2.5 hours. Each session involves walking at your own self-selected pace in a laboratory for a total of approximately 20 to 30 minutes per session.

How do I find out more?
If you are interested in participating or would like further information, please contact:
Ms. Kate McMaster either via phone:  0421339101 or email: kate.mcmaster@myacu.edu.au

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