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OBJECTIVE Diabetes may be associated with depression and antidepressant medication (ADM) use, but published findings remain equivocal. The authors' aimed to determine the risk of diabetes incidence associated with baseline depression exposures (symptoms and/or ADM use). METHODS A prospective cohort study was conducted in a regionally representative sample(More)
BACKGROUND Depression is a disabling, prevalent condition. Physical activity programs may assist depression management in older people, ameliorate co-morbid conditions and reduce the need for antidepressants. The UPLIFT pilot study assessed the feasibility of older depressed people attending a community-based progressive resistance training (PRT) program.(More)
BACKGROUND The Active Script Programme (ASP) aimed to increase the number of general practitioners (GPs) in Victoria, Australia who deliver appropriate, consistent, and effective advice on physical activity to patients. To maximise GP participation, a capacity building strategy within Divisions of General Practice (DGPs) was used. The objectives of the(More)
Inactivity has been identified as a major contributor to the burden of disease in older women. Study aims were: (a) to assess the personal, social, and environmental facilitators and impediments to physical activity in older women from ethnic communities; and (b) to determine the factors associated with physical activity participation. Older women (aged(More)
This study sought to investigate the walking habits of older people from diverse cultural backgrounds, and to identify the factors associated with their walking. Three hundred and thirty three people over the age of 60 years were recruited from seven culturally diverse groups from the Western suburbs of Melbourne, Australia. A survey questionnaire recording(More)
BACKGROUND Stroke research and rehabilitation has traditionally focussed on the physical impact of a stroke, with less attention given to associated psychosocial factors. This study aimed to identify psychosocial predictors of health-related quality of life (HRQoL) in chronic stroke survivors and examine differences between nondepressed and depressed(More)
AIM The aim of this research was to produce evidence-based recommendations on physical activity designed to improve and maintain the health of older Australians. METHODS The authors reviewed existing guidelines and consensus statements, systematic reviews, meta-analyses and research articles. Draft recommendations were circulated to stakeholder agencies(More)
BACKGROUND Exercise is an effective intervention for the prevention of falls; however, some forms of exercises have been shown to be more effective than others. There is a need to identify effective and efficient methods for training health professionals in exercise prescription for falls prevention. OBJECTIVE The objective of our study was to compare two(More)
OBJECTIVE To test the feasibility (for a potential randomised controlled trial) of a computer intervention for improving social interaction and promoting the mental health of rural carers. DESIGN The study combined pre- and post-intervention measures with interviews to determine the feasibility of the intervention and the acceptability of the study design(More)
OBJECTIVE The Regenerate pilot study explored whether a 10-week, community-based progressive resistance training (PRT) program could reduce depressive symptoms in depressed chronic stroke survivors. METHODS Participants were screened for depressive status using the PHQ-9 and confirmed by psychiatric assessment. Eligible people (n = 45) were randomised to(More)