Women needed for research into post-menopause

The study is designed for Townsville women who’ve already gone through menopause. Candidates need to lead a relatively sedentary lifestyle and not participate in regular exercise.

According to the researchers, women who participated in the first stage of the program in Townsville last year received great results, both physically and psychologically.

After the study, participants showed reduced weight, waist circumference and cholesterol, and increased upper and lower body strength and cardiorespiratory fitness.

Primary investigator, Dr Fiona Barnett, Head of Sport and Exercise Science at JCU, said the program runs for eight weeks, with participants required to attend JCU Townsville campus three times a week, where they will take part in a group-based circuit style class.

They will also receive information on various topics pertinent to post-menopausal women.

Volunteers will need to commit to eight weeks of the program – to be held at the Exercise Physiology Clinic at the Clinical Practice Building at JCU Townsville.

“We hope to determine whether this program can improve the health and well-being of post-menopausal women,” Dr Barnett said.

Participation is unpaid but participants are offered a free supervised exercise program for eight weeks. Parking is available, but transport to the venue is at the participant’s expense.

For more information, contact Fiona Barnett on (07) 4781 6678, or email [email protected]