Exercising, Socialising, and Thinking: an Environmental Enrichment Model in the community after stroke (ESTEEM)

The ESTEEM program from the Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI), the University of Newcastle and Hunter New England Local Health District enables stroke survivors to exercise, socialise, and participate in art-based thinking activities delivered by community-based care providers.

The ESTEEM program aims to provide those living with stroke easier and prolonged access to rehabilitative services after their discharge from the hospital and other health-based services, without placing an added burden on the existing health care services.

Stroke survivors aged 18 and above, living in the community, who can communicate and independently move (or with the assistance of one person) are invited to participate.

Those who choose to take part in the study will be involved in a program delivered twice a week for a total of 10 weeks. It will involve 30 minutes of exercise, followed by 20 minutes of socialising, and 90 minutes of creative thinking activities, each delivered by a qualified professional.


If you would like more information, please contact Dr Heidi Janssen, a physiotherapist and stroke researcher, or one of the members of our team at:
Ph: 4962 6680
M: 0439 640 404

Participant information sheet (PDF 254 KB)