Eat, Move, Heal Network (EMHN)

Post-COVID condition or Long-COVID is an emerging global health challenge. Eat, Move, Heal network was formed to create and deploy people-centred solutions.

Eat, Move, Heal Network (EMHN) is the coming together of researchers, educators and healthcare practitioners from over 10 disciplines, industry partners and people with Long-COVID. Eat, Move, Heal refers to lifestyle, evidence-based interventions of diet and nutrition, physical activity, and mental health modulation.

The network provides the most up-to-date information of Long-COVID to healthcare practitioners and the public; and explore:

  • lived experience of people, including those from CALDs communities, who suffer from Long-COVID, and factors contributing to their experience.
  • creative care pathways to facilitate the recovery from COVID-19 and Long-COVID.
  • innovative and easily implementable lifestyle solutions tailored to individuals and modes of deployment.
  • biological markers that enable an accurate diagnosis and the evaluation of interventions.

Themes

The following themes reflect areas of expertise across the network. Members may work in several of these areas.

Care pathways and deployment

Identifies gaps in health services and forms partnership with key stakeholders to deploy Eat, Move, Heal lifestyle interventions through developing care pathways.

Public awareness and media communication

Focuses on addressing mis-information and dis-information about Long-COVID.

Lived experience and determinants of health

Unpack social and health factors contributing to the experience of people with Long-COVID.

Digital solutions

Explores efficient digital modes of deployment of lifestyle interventions and information of Long-COVID.

Eat, Move, Heal - Lifestyle interventions

Translate evidence into individually tailored lifestyle changes through facilitating people to form better habits of die, exercise and sleep; and develop ways to address day to day mental health challenges.

Patient empowerment and engagement

Uses behaviour change theories to identify and address barriers to the uptake of lifestyle interventions, in particular when the interventions are delivered digitally.

Qi Gong and Acupressure for the Recovery from COVID and Long-COVID

Develop self-care (movement and breathing, applying pressure on acupuncture points) strategies to facilitate the recovery from COVID, prevent the development of Long-COVID.

Biomarkers for the diagnosis of Long-COVID

Explores suitable biomarkers to enable diagnostic tools and intervention evaluation.

Network leads

Associate Professor Zhen Zheng
School of Health and Biomedical Sciences

Professor Catherine Itsiopoulos
Dean, School of Health and Biomedical Sciences

Distinguished Professor Magdalena Plebanski
EIP Director, Biomedical and Health Innovation


Theme leads

Care pathways and deployment

Prof Catherine Itsiopoulos
Dean, School of Health and Biomedical Sciences

A/Prof Zhen Zheng
School of Health and biomedical Sciences

Dr Rose Shiqi Luo

A/Prof Wanda Stelmach
(Northern Health)

Prof Donald Campbell
(Northern Health)

Digital solutions

Prof Kerryn Butler-Henderson
Director of RMIT Digital Health Hub 

Dr Jenny Robinson
School of Media and Communication

Biomarkers for the diagnosis of Long-COVID

Dist. Prof Magdalena Plebanski
EIP Director, Biomedical and Health Innovation Platform

Dr Kirsty Wilson

Public awareness and media communication

Dr Jenny Robinson

Dr Mary Goodman

Dr Rebecca Jessup (Northern Health)

Eat, Move, Heal - Lifestyle interventions

A/Prof Zhen Zheng
School of Health and biomedical Sciences

Prof Catherine Itsiopoulos
Dean, School of Health and Biomedical Sciences

A/Prof Sophia Xenos
School of Health and Biomedical Sciences

Prof Doa El-Ansary
School of Health and Biomedical Sciences

Prof Stephen Bird

Dr Rose Shiqi Luo

Dr Dawn Wong Lit Wan

Lived experience and determinants of health

A/Prof Bernardo Figueiredo
School of Economics, Finance and Marketing

Patient empowerment and engagement

Mr Junsheng Leslie Teo

Ms Rebecca Law

Qi Gong and Acupressure for the Recovery from COVID and Long-COVID

A/Prof Zhen Zheng
School of Health and biomedical Sciences

Rebecca Law

Prof Sonja Cleary
Deputy Head of School Learning and Teaching Discipline Leader - Discipline of Nursing

Dr Dawn Wong Lit Wan
Health and Biomedical Sciences

Dr Dana McKay
School of Computing Technologies

A/Prof Wanda Stelmach
(Northern Health)

Prof Donald Campbell
(Northern Health)


Membership and contacting Eat, Move, Heal Network

Eat, Move, Heal network is the place for people and organisations inspired to address Long-COVID, to work collaboratively to identify and develop solutions in forms of self-care, health service, care pathways, public awareness, and /or biological markers.

If you would like to become a member or find out any further information about EMHN and the work that we do, please contact us by emailing us at eat.move.heal@rmit.edu.au.

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Acknowledgement of Country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.