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Exercise Oncology at ECU

Clinical research has established exercise as a safe and effective therapy for the management of cancer. In fact, on present knowledge exercise offers the greatest potential as an adjunct therapy to reverse treatment related side-effects and increase the quality and quantity of life in people with cancer. International guidelines recommend people with cancer avoid inactivity even if undergoing difficult treatments and participate in regular aerobic and resistance exercise to maximise health benefits.

'Exercise Oncology at ECU' is a professional development course administered by the Exercise Medicine Research Institute for exercise physiologists who work with cancer patients and survivors. This course is designed to provide the knowledge and skills required to design and implement safe and effective exercise programs for people with cancer. The course also provides critical information required for allied health professionals to provide effective advice about the role of exercise in the management of cancer.

The course comprises of two components, a suite of theoretical modules completed online and a one day practical workshop. Participants can enrol in the online modules only or the full course.

Curriculum Structure

Theoretical Component

  • Module 1 – Cancer Basics
  • Module 2 – Impact of Exercise on Cancer Patients and Survivors
  • Module 3 – Pre-Exercise Assessment
  • Module 4 – Exercise Prescription for Cancer Patients and Survivors
  • Module 5 – Supervision of Exercise Programs for Cancer Patients and Survivors
  • Module 6 – Remote Delivery of Exercise to Patients
  • Module 7 -  Exercise for Advanced Cancer Patients

Practical Component

  • One day workshop


Professor Rob Newton, PhD.
Professor Daniel Galvão, PhD.

Course schedule

The theoretical component of this course runs continuously year round. AEP's can obtain 15 ESSA points for the full course, 7 for the online modules and 8 for the practicum course.

Dates and Venues

The Online component can be done at any time.  In view of current travel restrictions, we have introduced an online interactive practicum workshop.  In the past we have needed minimum numbers to conduct the Practicum component but with the introduction of the online workshop, we can now do this with a minimum of 2 people.


A registration form is available to download on the top right of this page. Please complete and return to the Exercise Medicine Research Institute by email: or fax: (61 8) 6304 2499.

Further information

For further information, please contact the Exercise Medicine Research Institute on (61 8) 6304 3444 or at

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