Exercise Oncology

The Exercise Oncology team at MMIHR strives to enhance the lives of people with cancer through innovative research and effectively translating research into practice.

An Australian is diagnosed with cancer every 4 minutes. One in two Australians will be diagnosed with cancer by the age of 85. Advances in anti-cancer treatments mean that more people with cancer are living longer, but many people aren’t living as well as they could be. Cancer and its treatment can cause serious, long-term health problems that compromise quality of life and can contribute to a premature loss of independence.

The Exercise Oncology Team at MMIHR team conducts research focused on the prevention and management of adverse effects of cancer. We seek to address significant challenges that current knowledge and practice is failing to effectively manage, and strive to improve the delivery of care for the significant and distressing side effects caused by cancer and its treatment. Our goal is to enhance outcomes for people with cancer by developing and evaluating interventions that improve physical, mental and social wellbeing. The main focus of our work within this theme is the application of exercise as medicine for the management of cancer.

Our work in this area is internationally recognised and has been the subject of numerous awards, presentations (including a TED talk) and media stories.

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Our work

Our team uses exercise as a medicine to enhance the lives of people with cancer. We conduct research focused on the prevention and management of adverse effects of cancer and its treatment.

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Research projects

Our team is working on a variety of research projects including understanding the benefits of exercise therapy, reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease in prostate cancer survivors and how best to integrate exercise into routine healthcare.

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Professional development

The Exercise Oncology Team is dedicated to providing professional development opportunities for health professionals to upskill in delivering exercise to people with cancer.

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Get involved

The exercise oncology team at ACU is committed to enhancing the lives of people with cancer through innovative research and effectively translating research into practice.

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Support us

We need your help to raise funds for research that will generate vital information about the role of exercise medicine in cancer care – research that will lead to meaningful improvements in the services available for people with cancer not just here in Australia but worldwide.

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Other research

Behaviour, Environment and Cognition Research

This program is exploring the interaction between urban environments and physical and cognitive health.

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Exercise and Nutrition Research

The Exercise and Nutrition Research Program is investigating the roles of exercise and diet in the prevention of chronic lifestyle-related diseases.

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Microstructural Imaging and Rehabilitative Plasticity

This program explores a 'personalised medicine' approach for training in patients with brain injury.

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Musculoskeletal Health and Ageing Research

This program has a strong focus on clinical research where findings have direct relevance to lifestyle factors and clinical practice.

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