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Where are we now? The status of exercise-based cancer rehabilitation world-wide

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Date: Saturday July 13, 2024, Melbourne, Australia
Time: 6.30-7.30 pm AEST (9 am-10 am IST)
Speakers: Dr Amy Dennett PT, PhD. APAM.; A/Prof Emer Guinan PT, PhD; Ilan Taussig, PT

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Session Information:

  • There is growing recognition about the role of physical activity and exercise in cancer recovery which is reflected in recent national and international guidelines. Despite this, access to specialized exercise programs for people with cancer is poor and physical therapists often lack confidence prescribing exercise to this population.
  • In this webinar entitled, “Where are we now? The status of exercise-based cancer rehabilitation world-wide”, we will provide an overview about the status of exercise-based cancer rehabilitation and hear success stories of real-world implementation of cancer rehabilitation in Australia, Ireland, and Israel. The presentation will conclude with a panel discussion about how to implement cancer rehabilitation in a local context.


Dr. Amy Dennett


Dr. Amy Dennett, a senior physiotherapist and research fellow at Eastern Health and La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia, holds a PhD focused on enhancing physical activity levels among cancer survivors through oncology rehabilitation. She pioneers various care models to widen access to exercise support for cancer patients. Amy spearheads oncology rehabilitation programs in Victoria and created the Cancer Exercise Toolkit for professionals. Actively involved in shaping survivorship care, she contributes to key committees in Australia. Amy’s recent systematic review revealed significant global gaps in exercise-based cancer rehabilitation availability, with only 11 programs per 100,000 survivors, primarily in high-income countries.


Dr Emer Guinan


Dr Emer Guinan is an Associate Professor in Cancer Rehabilitation and Survivorship at the Trinity St James’s Cancer Institute, Dublin, Ireland. She is a CORU registered physiotherapist working as a fulltime lecturer and researcher. Her main research interest is in the role of exercise in cancer rehabilitation. Her main academic work is a co-course coordinator on the MSc in Cancer Survivorship at Trinity College Dublin.


Ilan Taussig


Ilan Taussig leads the Oncology Physiotherapy team at Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center – Ichilov Hospital, Israel. Specializing in tailored exercise programs for cancer patients. Ilan shares his expertise through internal webinars and conferences, enriching the field of oncology physiotherapy with innovative approaches and patient-centered care.

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