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Dr Jonathan Rawstorn



Senior Research Fellow


Faculty of Health


School of Exer & Nutr Sciences


Melbourne Burwood Campus


Doctor of Philosophy in Health Sciences, University of Auckland, 2016

Research interests

Dr Rawstorn's research broadly explores the use of mobile and web technologies to promote and support healthy lifestyle behaviour change, with a particular focus on physical activity and exercise. A key research aim is to understand how technologies can improve the accessibility and utilisation of evidence-based behaviour change interventions.

Jonathan is interested in using technologies to quantify behaviour, understanding how measurement outcomes can be used to inform individualised interventions, and designing mobile and web technology platforms that deliver evidence-based interventions to promote physical activity and exercise.

Jonathan's research commonly integrates elements of exercise, behaviour change, and computer sciences. Recent work includes studies assessing the validity of exercise and physical activity measurement devices; meta-analyses examining the effectiveness of health technologies for promoting physical activity and exercise among healthy and cardiovascular disease populations; and the design, development and evaluation of a real-time remotely monitored exercise training programme for individuals with cardiovascular disease.


EuroPrevent (European Society of Cardiology)
European Association of Preventive Cardiology
Australian Cardiovascular Health and Rehabilitation Association, Victoria

Knowledge areas

  • Exercise science
  • Health technology
  • Behaviour change
  • Cardiac rehabilitation
  • Systematic reviews


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A Bluetooth-Enabled Device for Real-Time Detection of Sitting, Standing, and Walking: Cross-Sectional Validation Study

Reza Daryabeygi-Khotbehsara, Jonathan Rawstorn, David Dunstan, Sheikh Shariful Islam, Mohamed Abdelrazek, Abbas Kouzani, Poojith Thummala, Jenna McVicar, Ralph Maddison

(2024), Vol. 8, pp. 1-14, JMIR Formative Research, Toronto, Ont., C1

journal article

Co-design of a personalised digital intervention to improve vegetable intake in adults living in Australian rural communities

K Livingstone, J Rawstorn, L Alston, S Partridge, A Bastian, K Dullaghan, S McNaughton, G Hendrie, L Blekkenhorst, R Maddison, Y Zhang, S Barnett, J Mathers, S Godrich

(2024), Vol. 24, pp. 146-, BMC Public Health, England, C1

journal article

Determining the feasibility of a codesigned and personalised intervention (Veg4Me) to improve vegetable intake in young adults living in rural Australian communities: protocol for a randomised controlled trial

Katherine Livingstone, Jonathan Rawstorn, Stephanie Partridge, Yuxin Zhang, Eric O, Stephanie Godrich, Sarah McNaughton, Gilly Hendrie, Kate Dullaghan, Gavin Abbott, Lauren Blekkenhorst, Ralph Maddison, Scott Barnett, John Mathers, Laura Alston

(2024), Vol. 14, pp. 1-9, BMJ Open, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Key features in telehealth-delivered cardiac rehabilitation required to optimize cardiovascular health in coronary heart disease: a systematic review and realist synthesis

Victor Gallegos-Rejas, Jonathan Rawstorn, Robyn Gallagher, Ray Mahoney, Emma Thomas

(2024), pp. 1-11, European Heart Journal - Digital Health, C1

journal article

Sustaining telehealth among cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation services: a qualitative framework study

Emma Thomas, Rebecca Chambers, Samara Phillips, Jonathan Rawstorn, Susie Cartledge

(2023), Vol. 22, pp. 795-803, European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, Oxford, Eng, C1

journal article

Sex Differences in the Feasibility of Aerobic Exercise Training for Improving Cardiometabolic Health Outcomes in Adults with Type 2 Diabetes

Sian O’Gorman, Clint Miller, Jonathan Rawstorn, Angelo Sabag, Rachelle Sultana, Sean Lanting, Shelley Keating, Nathan Johnson, Kimberley Way

(2023), Vol. 12, pp. 1-18, Journal of Clinical Medicine, Basel, Switzerland, C1

journal article

Digital behaviour change interventions to increase vegetable intake in adults: a systematic review

K Livingstone, J Rawstorn, S Partridge, S Godrich, S McNaughton, G Hendrie, L Blekkenhorst, R Maddison, Y Zhang, S Barnett, J Mathers, M Packard, L Alston

(2023), Vol. 20, International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, C1

journal article

Development of a Mobile Health Snacktivity App to Promote Physical Activity in Inactive Adults (SnackApp): Intervention Mapping and User Testing Study.

James Sanders, Kajal Gokal, Jonah Thomas, Jonathan Rawstorn, Lauren Sherar, Ralph Maddison, Colin Greaves, Dale Esliger, Amanda Daley, Snacktivity Investigators

(2023), Vol. 7, pp. 1-16, JMIR Formative Research, Toronto, Ont., C1

journal article

Self-efficacy, motivation, and habits: psychological correlates of exercise among women with breast cancer

Tamara Jones, Lara Edbrooke, Jonathan Rawstorn, Sandra Hayes, Ralph Maddison, Linda Denehy, Camille Short

(2023), Vol. 31, Supportive Care in Cancer, C1

journal article

Telehealth is here to stay but not without challenges: a consultation of cardiac rehabilitation clinicians during COVID-19 in Victoria, Australia

Susie Cartledge, Jonathan Rawstorn, Mark Tran, Pauline Ryan, Erin Howden, Alun Jackson

(2022), Vol. 21, pp. 548-558, European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Wearable cuffless blood pressure monitoring devices: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Sheikh Islam, Clara Chow, Reza Daryabeygikhotbehsara, Narayan Subedi, Jonathan Rawstorn, Teketo Tegegne, Chandan Karmakar, Muhammad Siddiqui, Gavin Lambert, Ralph Maddison

(2022), Vol. 3, pp. 323-337, European Heart Journal - Digital Health, Oxford, England, C1

journal article

Effects of exercise-based cardiac rehabilitation delivery modes on exercise capacity and health-related quality of life in heart failure: a systematic review and network meta-analysis

T Tegegne, J Rawstorn, R Nourse, K Kibret, K Ahmed, R Maddison

(2022), Vol. 9, Open Heart, England, C1

journal article

Consensus on Recommended Functions of a Smart Home System to Improve Self-Management Behaviors in People With Heart Failure: A Modified Delphi Approach

S Islam, R Nourse, R Uddin, J Rawstorn, R Maddison

(2022), Vol. 9, pp. 1-10, Frontiers in Cardiovascular Medicine, Lausanne, Switzerland, C1

journal article

Understanding Australian adolescent girls' use of digital technologies for healthy lifestyle purposes: a mixed-methods study

K Parker, L Gould, M Nand, J Rawstorn, A Contardo Ayala, R Maddison, K Toffoletti

(2022), Vol. 22, pp. 1-12, BMC public health, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Smartphone cardiac rehabilitation, assisted self-management versus usual care: protocol for a multicenter randomized controlled trial to compare effects and costs among people with coronary heart disease

J Rawstorn, K Ball, B Oldenburg, C Chow, S McNaughton, K Lamb, L Gao, M Moodie, J Amerena, V Nadurata, C Neil, S Cameron, R Maddison

(2020), Vol. 9, JMIR Research Protocols, Toronto, Ont., C1

journal article

High-intensity interval training improves cardiorespiratory fitness in cancer patients and survivors: A meta-analysis

M Wallen, D Hennessy, S Brown, L Evans, J Rawstorn, A Wong Shee, A Hall

(2020), Vol. 29, European Journal of Cancer Care, England, C1

journal article

Implementation of telerehabilitation interventions for the self-management of cardiovascular disease: Systematic review

N Subedi, J Rawstorn, L Gao, H Koorts, R Maddison

(2020), Vol. 8, JMIR mHealth and uHealth, Canada, C1

journal article

Economic evaluation protocol for a multicentre randomised controlled trial to compare Smartphone Cardiac Rehabilitation, Assisted self-Management (SCRAM) versus usual care cardiac rehabilitation among people with coronary heart disease

L Gao, R Maddison, J Rawstorn, K Ball, B Oldenburg, C Chow, S McNaughton, K Lamb, J Amerena, V Nadurata, C Neil, S Cameron, M Moodie

(2020), Vol. 10, BMJ Open, England, C1

journal article

Toward a Digital Platform for the Self-Management of Noncommunicable Disease: Systematic Review of Platform-Like Interventions

S Tighe, K Ball, F Kensing, L Kayser, J Rawstorn, R Maddison

(2020), Vol. 22, Journal of Medical Internet Research, Canada, C1

journal article

Effects and costs of real-time cardiac telerehabilitation: Randomised controlled non-inferiority trial

R Maddison, J Rawstorn, R Stewart, J Benatar, R Whittaker, A Rolleston, Y Jiang, L Gao, M Moodie, I Warren, A Meads, N Gant

(2019), Vol. 105, pp. 122-129, Heart, England, C1

journal article

mHealth interventions for exercise and risk factor modification in cardiovascular disease

Ralph Maddison, Jonathan Rawstorn, Sheikh Islam, Kylie Ball, Sarah Tighe, Nicholas Gant, Robyn Whittaker, Clara Chow

(2019), Vol. 47, pp. 86-90, Exercise and sport sciences reviews, Indianapolis, Ind., C1

journal article

Validation and acceptability of a cuffless wrist-worn wearable blood pressure monitoring device among users and health care professionals: Mixed methods study

S Islam, S Cartledge, C Karmakar, J Rawstorn, S Fraser, C Chow, R Maddison

(2019), Vol. 7, JMIR mHealth and uHealth, Canada, C1

journal article

Multifactorial e- and mHealth interventions for cardiovascular disease primary prevention: Protocol for a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials

A Direito, J Rawstorn, J Mair, R Daryabeygi-Khotbehsara, R Maddison, E Tai

(2019), Vol. 5, Digital Health, United States, C1

journal article

Text4Heart II - improving medication adherence in people with heart disease: A study protocol for a randomized controlled trial

R Maddison, R Stewart, R Doughty, T Scott, A Kerr, J Benatar, R Whittaker, J Rawstorn, A Rolleston, Y Jiang, P Estabrooks, R Sullivan, H Bartley, L Pfaeffli Dale

(2018), Vol. 19, Trials, England, C1

journal article

End Users Want Alternative Intervention Delivery Models: Usability and Acceptability of the REMOTE-CR Exercise-Based Cardiac Telerehabilitation Program

Jonathan Rawstorn, Nicholas Gant, Anna Rolleston, Robyn Whittaker, Ralph Stewart, Jocelyn Benatar, Ian Warren, Andrew Meads, Yannan Jiang, Ralph Maddison

(2018), Vol. 99, pp. 2373-2377, Archives of physical medicine and rehabilitation, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

mHealth Technologies to Influence Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviors: Behavior Change Techniques, Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials

A Direito, E Carraça, J Rawstorn, R Whittaker, R Maddison

(2017), Vol. 51, pp. 226-239, Annals of Behavioral Medicine, England, C1-1

journal article

Quantifying human movement using the movn smartphone app: Validation and field study

R Maddison, L Gemming, J Monedero, L Bolger, S Belton, J Issartel, S Marsh, A Direito, M Solenhill, J Zhao, D Exeter, H Vathsangam, J Rawstorn

(2017), Vol. 5, JMIR mHealth and uHealth, Canada, C1-1

journal article

Telehealth exercise-based cardiac rehabilitation: A systematic review and meta-analysis

J Rawstorn, N Gant, A Direito, C Beckmann, R Maddison

(2016), Vol. 102, pp. 1183-1192, Heart, England, C1-1

journal article

Remotely delivered exercise-based cardiac rehabilitation: Design and content development of a novel mHealth platform

J Rawstorn, N Gant, A Meads, I Warren, R Maddison

(2016), Vol. 4, pp. 430-445, JMIR mHealth and uHealth, Canada, C1-1

journal article

A mobile phone intervention increases physical activity in people with cardiovascular disease: Results from the HEART randomized controlled trial.

R Maddison, L Pfaeffli, R Whittaker, R Stewart, A Kerr, Y Jiang, G Kira, W Leung, L Dalleck, K Carter, J Rawstorn

(2015), Vol. 22, pp. 701-709, European journal of preventative caridology, London, Eng, C1-1

journal article

Measurement and data transmission validity of a multi-biosensor system for real-time remote exercise monitoring among cardiac patients

J Rawstorn, N Gant, I Warren, N Doughty, N Lever, K Poppe, R Maddison

(2015), Vol. 2, pp. 1-14, JMIR rehabilitation and assistive technology, Toronto, Canada, C1-1

journal article

The remote exercise monitoring trial for exercise-based cardiac rehabilitation (REMOTE-CR): a randomised controlled trial protocol

R Maddison, J Rawstorn, A Rolleston, R Whittaker, R Stewart, J Benatar, I Warren, Y Jiang, N Gant

(2014), Vol. 14, pp. 1-8, BMC public health, London, Eng., C1-1

journal article

The HEART mobile phone trial: the partial mediating effects of self-efficacy on physical activity among cardiac patients

R Maddison, L Pfaeffli, R Stewart, A Kerr, Y Jiang, J Rawstorn, K Carter, R Whittaker

(2014), Vol. 2, pp. 1-4, Frontiers in public health, Lausanne, Switzerland, C1-1

journal article

Rapid directional change degrades GPS distance measurement validity during intermittent intensity running

J Rawstorn, R Maddison, A Ali, A Foskett, N Gant

(2014), Vol. 9, pp. 1-6, PLoS one, San Francisco, Calif., C1-1

journal article

Activity and energy expenditure in older people playing active video games

L Taylor, R Maddison, L Pfaeffli, J Rawstorn, N Gant, N Kerse

(2012), Vol. 93, pp. 2281-2286, Archives of physical medicine rehabilitation, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

journal article

Funded Projects at Deakin

Australian Competitive Grants

A 21st Century Approach for Improving Self-Management of Heart Disease

Prof Ralph Maddison, Prof Kylie Ball, Prof Brian Oldenburg, Prof Sarah McNaughton, Dr Jonathan Rawstorn, Dr Karen Lamb, A/Prof Lan Gao, A/Prof Chris Neil, Dr John Amerena, Prof Marj Moodie, Dr Voltaire Nadurata, Prof Clara Chow

NHMRC Project Grant

  • 2020: $153,781
  • 2019: $348,604
  • 2018: $381,552

Broadening access to supervised exercise training for people with heart failure via innovative digital health technologies

Dr Jonathan Rawstorn, Prof Ralph Maddison, Prof Michelle Keske

NHF Fellowship - Postdoctoral Research Fellowship - National Heart Foundation of Australia

  • 2021: $77,500
  • 2020: $76,350

REMOTE-COR-B: Pilot evaluation of a remotely delivered cardio-oncology rehabilitation intervention for breast cancer survivors at high risk of cardio-toxicity

Dr Camille Short, Prof Ralph Maddison, Prof Linda Denehy, Dr Jonathan Rawstorn, Prof Sandi Hayes

National Breast Cancer Foundation Investigator Initiated Research Scheme

  • 2020: $25,000

Harnessing information technology to improve self-management behaviours and health outcome in people with heart failure: A smarthome ecosystem Living Lab Study

Prof Ralph Maddison, Prof Rajesh Vasa, A/Prof John Atherton, Prof Brian Oldenburg, Prof Vassilis Kostakos, Dr Tilman Dingler, Dr Jonathan Rawstorn, Dr Dominika Kwasnicka

NHMRC - Ideas Grant

  • 2024: $106,942
  • 2023: $333,649
  • 2022: $345,813
  • 2021: $141,573

Veg4Me - A personalised digital health solution for improving vegetable intake and cardiovascular health in young adults living in rural and disadvantaged communities

Dr Katherine Livingstone, Dr Jonathan Rawstorn, Dr Laura Alston, Dr Stephanie Partridge

NHF Vanguard Grant - National Heart Foundation of Australia

  • 2023: $72,984

Assessing the effects of a Sit Less and Move More real-time intervention on immediate glucose response and daily glucose variability in people with type 2 diabetes (T2D)

Prof Ralph Maddison, Dr Jo-Anne Manski-Nankervis, Prof Vassilis Kostakos, Dr Reza Daryabeygikhotbehsara, Dr Rita McMorrow, Dr Yuxin Zhang, Dr Jonathan Rawstorn, Dr Paul Jansons, Ms Shaona Cheng

NHMRC CRE (Baker) Funded Grant

  • 2024: $10,000

Industry and Other Funding

Identifying barriers, facilitators and strategies for implementing cardiac telerehabilitation to address access inequalities in Western Victoria

Dr Jonathan Rawstorn, Dr Matthew Wallen, Dr Susie Cartledge, A/Prof Shariful Islam, Mr Luke Evans, Prof Ralph Maddison, Prof Fergal Grace

Western Alliance

  • 2021: $33,357
  • 2020: $28,437
  • 2019: $16,517

Adapting a smartphone-based rehabilitation programme for older adults living with and beyond cancer: a development study using Intervention Mapping

Dr Cynthia Forbes, Prof Miriam Johnson, Dr Chao Huang, Dr Flavia Swan, Dr Judith Cohen, Dr Mark Pearson, Dr Maureen Twiddy, Prof Michael Lind, Dr Jonathan Rawstorn, Prof Ralph Maddison

National Institute for Health Research NIHR

  • 2024: $24,428


Associate Supervisor

Narayan Subedi

Thesis entitled: Understanding Implementation of Digital Cardiac Rehabilitation for Cardiovascular Disease Self-Management

Doctor of Philosophy (Nutrition & Exercise) (High Cost), School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences