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Understanding your education needs to help survivors of stroke with physical activity

Promoting and delivering physical activity interventions after stroke

Participating in physical activity is important for everyone, and particularly for those who have had a stroke. A growing body of evidence shows the benefits of physical activity on recovery after stroke, as well as on secondary prevention. This evidence has been included into guidelines, including the World Stroke Organisation’s Global Guidelines (2023). Yet, stroke survivors’ levels of activity are often well below recommendations.

Healthcare professionals are in a prime position to make an impact in this area and help stroke survivors embed regular physical activity in their lives. However, implementing the guidelines on physical activity after stroke requires knowledge, skill and confidence in many different areas.

This research from the University of Melbourne aims to understand the current educational needs of health professionals, in terms of knowledge, skills and confidence, regarding implementing best evidence and practice guidance on physical activity after stroke.

Information from this survey will help to co-create, with health professionals, survivors of stroke and other key research partners, a new educational resource for healthcare professionals to enable them to promote and deliver physical activity after stroke around the world.


  • Health professionals who work with survivors of stroke, specifically those who provide advice and treatment in the area of physical activity.
  • Participants are required to have a formal qualification in their chosen field.

Specific disciplines may include physiotherapists, exercise physiologists, occupational therapists, nurses, medical practitioners, psychologists, recreational/leisure counsellors, therapy assistants or fitness instructors.


An online survey that may take 15–30 minutes to complete.

Access the survey

Further details, including participant information and consent forms, are available at the survey link.


Dr Natalie Fini
Senior Research Fellow, The University of Melbourne

natalie.fini@unimelb.edu.au or phone 0401 303 749