Researchers from James Cook University and UNSW want to help people with peripheral artery disease (PAD) achieve more physical activity through an exercise support program.

Study Purpose/Description

The SHAPE study has been designed to help participants with Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) achieve more physical activity through an exercise support program.

The research team will be determining if a tele-health exercise program achieves a similar increase in walking distance when compared to a centre-based exercise program.

What’s Involved?

Participation in the study involves:

  • providing information on your medical history,
  • completing two (2) face-to-face health assessments at UNSW Sydney,
  • completing questionnaires relating to your PAD and health, and
  • attending either face-to-face or tele-health exercise sessions with the specialist team three (3) times per week for 12 weeks.

The consultations and the health assessments will occur over a 12-week period.

Disease or condition

Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)

Recruitment criteria

This study is open to participants who:

  • Have been diagnosed with PAD or blocked arteries in the legs
  • Are able to walk independently but limited by pain in the legs (calf, thigh or buttock pain)
  • Do not have plans to have surgery on the blocked arteries in the near future
  • Are willing to use technology e.g. ipad, phone for telehealth


And do not have or have had:

  • Previous lower limb amputation above the ankle
  • A medical condition that makes it unsafe to undertake exercise
  • Current involvement in another clinical trial

Study sponsor / funder

Research team contacts

Kimberley Au


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