Own Your Balance


Research investigating innovative ways to feel more confident about daily life activities .

Falls are common in daily life for all sorts of reasons, and can sometimes cause people to feel quite concerned about what would happen to them if they would fall.


Funded by the Mindgardens Neuroscience Network, we have joined forces with the University of Maastricht (The Netherlands) and the Black Dog Institute (Sydney), to design and evaluate a program that is accessible to anybody with concerns about falling. It combines online Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and a hands-on personal work book that will help you find solutions that work for you. We will also be utilising our cutting-edge balance program StandingTall to provide a graded balance program.

What would happen if I took part in the research project?

·      The study is entirely home-based with no need to travel.

·      All participants will be asked to complete a fall risk assessment via video call and to complete monthly questionnaires over 12 months.

·      Participants will be randomly allocated into one of three groups:

–       Group 1: Will be asked to follow their usual care.

–       Group 2: Will be asked to follow the Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Fear of Falling program from home for 8 weeks.  At 8 weeks, tailored physical activity guidance will be provided for future physical activity.

–       Group 3:  Will be asked to follow the Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Fear of Falling and StandingTall balance programs from home for 8 weeks. At 8 weeks, tailored physical activity guidance will be provided for future physical activity.


Who can participate in the research?
You can participate in this study if you are:

·      65+ years of age

·      Have a substantial concern about falls or low balance confidence

·      Living in the Sydney metropolitan area

·      Able to walk household distances

·      Have no progressive neurological condition (eg. Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease)

·      Not participating in a fall prevention program

If you would like more information or are interested in being part of this study please click here

You can also contact Alicia Brown on 02 9399 1036 or alicia.brown@neura.edu.au for more information.


See what’s going on at NeuRA


ReacStep – novel balance training programs to prevent falls in older adults

The ReacStep study is investigating the short-term effects of two balance training programs (i.e. reactive balance training and conventional balance training) on balance recovery from slips and trips in older adults. These programs are designed from evidence-based research and offer a challenging and unique experience to improving balance. The ReacStep team are calling on volunteers who: are aged 65 and over living independently in the Sydney metropolitan community can walk 500m comfortably with mobility aids or rest have not been advised by a medical practitioner not to exercise have no neurological conditions (e.g. Parkinson’s Disease, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s, dementia, etc.) have no history or lower limb, pelvic or vertebral fracture(s) and/or lower limb joint replacement(s) in the past 6 months have no other existing conditions that may prevent them from exercising (e.g. injury, pain, fatigue, etc.) Eligible volunteers will be subjected to a health and safety screening before they are enrolled and randomly allocated into one of the two groups. Both groups will undertake a 3-week training program with an exercise physiologist, at NeuRA (i.e. in Randwick) as well as a balance recovery assessment at the 4-week time point. Reactive balance training involves intentionally stepping on a sliding tile, stepping over obstacles, trigger-release recovery as well as strength training. Participants will be wearing a full-body safety harness to ensure safety. Conventional balance training involves keeping balance in varying foot positions (i.e. feet together, in tandem or on one leg) whilst performing secondary tasks such as throwing a ball, card sorting, solving a maze or playing computer games. For more detailed information, read the Participant Information Statement and watch the video below. To get involved or to register your interest, click HERE. For all other queries, please contact the ReacStep Team on 02 9399 1002 or reacstep-study@neura.edu.au. HC210350 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ym0zlwqhXmw