New course to help peo­ple fight can­cer

Wanneroo Times - - News -

ECU will launch three cour­ses next year to give health­care pro­fes­sion­als the skills to de­liver su­per­vised ex­er­cise pro­grams for peo­ple with can­cer.

Med­i­cal and ex­er­cise sciences As­so­ciate Dean Rob New­ton said with an es­ti­mated 134,000 Aus­tralians di­ag­nosed with can­cer each year, there was a need for more skilled health­care pro­fes­sion­als to pro­vide ex­er­cise as­sess­ment and pre­scrip­tion to this grow­ing pa­tient pop­u­la­tion.

“An ap­pro­pri­ate ex­er­cise pre­scrip­tion can dra­mat­i­cally im­prove the lives of the vast ma­jor­ity of peo­ple di­ag­nosed with can­cer,” Pro­fes­sor New­ton said.

“Tar­geted ex­er­cise pro­grams can build fit­ness, im­prove phys­i­cal func­tion and in­crease phys­i­cal re­serve ca­pac­ity.”

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