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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. The schedule for the practical component will be relative to demand. Practical workshops will be held at the Exercise Medicine Research Institute in Perth, Western Australia. Practical workshops will be administered at other capital cities Australia wide according to demand.

Tentative dates are below.

Sydney: 29th February 2020 - Rydges Sydney Central

Brisbane: 1st March 2020 - NEXT Hotel Brisbane

Melbourne: 14th March 2020 - Pan Pacific South Wharf Melbourne

Adelaide: 15th March 2020 - Pullman Adelaide

Perth: 5th April 2020 - Edith Cowan University Joondalup Campus

Please note: minimum numbers are required for workshops to proceed.


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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