Active Choices is a research initiative led by the School of Human Movement and Nutrition Studies at The University of Queensland (UQ). The initiative is funded by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs and aims to link and empower DVA clients towards group-based physical activity opportunities. 

The purpose of the research is to collect information on best practices that may help DVA clients transition to active lifestyles that are socially connected to local communities.

The UQ team is currently seeking to partner with Brisbane-based exercise physiology and physiotherapy service providers, to offer access to the Active Choices support program for DVA clients who are interested in self-managing their physical activity.

Why partner with us?

  • We’ll provide a behavioural support program that can ‘value-add’ to your service provision, and help your clients manage physical activity;
  • Our team will help your clients develop social networks and connections within local active communities;
  • Your clients will be provided with financial support to access group-based physical activities.

What’s involved?

  • With their permission, we’ll liaise directly with clients who you think will benefit from the initiative, and organise three 1-hour visits to UQ over a 24-week period;
  • During these visits and across the initiative, we’ll link clients to local activity opportunities, provide educational resources, and implement an evidence-based goal setting and self-monitoring program that encourages group based physical activity choices.

Which DVA clients can get involved?

  • White and gold card holders (50+ years of age) living in the Brisbane region, able to safely undertake physical activity without supervision.

DVA clients who can’t participate

  • Vulnerable groups under medical management for chronic or complex conditions (e.g. PTSD or spinal cord injuries);
  • Serving defence force members.

What next?

If you are interested in partnering with UQ on Active Choices, or want to find out more about the initiative and its benefits, contact:

Dr Zoe Papinczak
Senior Research Assistant
+61 7 3365 7453