Acute cardiorespiratory and exercise oncology

This program of work focuses on generating and implementing new evidence regarding the role of physiotherapy, exercise, physical activity and rehabilitation to minimise disease burden and maximise patient outcomes in the areas of acute cardiorespiratory and cancer. The program has a strong focus on survivors of critical illness, as well as patients with cancer and those undergoing major surgery. The research program is based on the premise that targeted exercise training or rehabilitation is not commonly part of usual care or well understood for these patients, despite strong potential need and benefit. The research program includes studies conducted with both quantitative and qualitative methodologies and involves staff and research higher degree students. The studies are commonly conducted with several of our partner hospitals in Melbourne Australia, and with our strong international collaborators.


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Prof David Berlowitz

Chair in Physiotherapy at Austin Health | Research areas include sleep and breathing disorders in neuromuscular disease, health systems and data research, clinical trials of therapies and care models
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A/Prof Catherine Granger

Associate Professor and Dame Kate Campbell Fellow | Research areas include exercise and physical activity for patients with lung cancer, other cancers, critical illness and respiratory diseases
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A/Prof Helena Frawley

Associate Professor | Research expertise in expertise in women’s health, specifically disorders related to the pelvic floor
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Dr Selina Parry

Associate Professor in Physiotherapy
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Dr Lara Edbrooke

Lecturer | Research areas include health services research, multi-disciplinary models of allied health care for people with cancer, measurement of physical activity
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Dr Jennifer Jones

Clinical Research Fellow | Research areas include critical care recovery and rehabilitation, frailty and digital health
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Ms Shaza Abo

Clinical Research Fellow (Acute Cardiorespiratory) | Researching physical activity and exercise in cancer and critical illness; interested in quantitative and qualitative methodologies, co-design and sustainability

Graduate Researchers

Georgina Whish-Wilson

Jess Crowe

Dominic Truong

Cassie McDonald

Shaza Abo

Jane Lockstone

Aruska D’Souza

Alisha da Silva