Exercise therapy

Counteracting mental health issues in men with prostate cancer through exercise.

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About the Exercise Therapy Research Study

Men with prostate cancer experience increased rates of mental health issues. Current health care strategies are failing to adequately address these issues as approximately 50% of these men report unmet needs for psychological support. These data indicate a gap in knowledge surrounding optimal strategies to promote mental health following prostate cancer. This project examines whether exercise aids in the management of mental health issues in men with prostate cancer. A unique approach to delivering mental health care services is proposed which aims to facilitate engagement by men through an intervention that is tailored to prostate cancer patients – Exercise Therapy.

What’s Involved with Exercise Therapy?

Who is this research study for?

  • Men with prostate cancer who may be experiencing some level of concern with their mental wellbeing
  • Need to be able to read and speak English

What does participation involve?

  • 3 month best-practice exercise intervention
  • Supervised by an accredited exercise physiologist who specialises in prostate cancer
  • Individualised exercise prescription
  • Small group exercise sessions
  • Delivered in one of 5 exercise clinics throughout Melbourne and a centre in Shepparton
  • All provided free of charge to participants

Where are the exercise clinics?

  • Genesis Health and Fitness, Melbourne CBD
  • Coburg Leisure Centre, Coburg
  • Hawthorn Leisure Centre, Hawthorn
  • Monash University, Caulfield
  • Sunshine Leisure Centre, Sunshine
  • Aquamoves, Shepparton

How do I get involved?

Register your interest to participate in this study

What do men with prostate cancer think of Exercise Therapy?

“I’ve never felt better in my life. I have no doubt that anyone undertaking this study will benefit.”

“I’ve found that it really has made me mentally strong.”

“The training was fantastic because it was tailor-made for me.”

“The program has provided everyone in our group, including myself, with a more positive outlook.”

“I’ll continue this [exercise program] for the rest of my life.”

“Things seem to be easier to handle and I feel that my relationship with those close to me has improved since commencing the ACU program.”

“It’s doing a world of good for everyone who has prostate cancer.”


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