Active Women over 50: an effectiveness implementation randomised controlled trial

This study aims to evaluate a new program designed to support women aged 50+ to be more physically active. To do this, we will measure how effective the Active Women over 50 program is at increasing women’s physical activity over six months.

Participants are randomised into one of two groups. The first group receives the program straight away, the second group receives the program after a 6-month delay. The Active Women over 50 program includes two health coaching calls with an experienced physiotherapist, choice of email or SMS motivational messages for 6 months, access to the program website, and access to a private Facebook group with other participants and a trained moderator from the research team (optional).

Both groups will be asked to complete 2 surveys (one at the start and one at the end), 7 monthly health diaries which collect information about falls and use of health services, and wear an activity monitor for 7 days (once at the start and again at the end).


Eligible participants:

  • women aged 50 years or over
  • live in the community in New South Wales (NSW), Australia
  • currently do less than 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity each week
  • want support to be more active

You will not be able to take part in this research if you:

  • do not have sufficient English language skills to complete forms and take part in conversations about physical activity
  • do not have access to the internet
  • have a medical condition that prevents you from taking part in regular physical activity
  • have a cognitive impairment or neurological condition (e.g. motor neurone disease, Parkinson’s disease) 

How to participate

For more information and to register visit:

Or contact the research team OR (02)8627 6242.


Ethics committee approval number: 2023/803