Physiotherapy & Exercise Physiology Services at Peter Mac

Peter Mac offers specialist physiotherapy and exercise physiology services in both the inpatient and outpatient settings

  • Providing exercises and walking aids, balance and mobility training and stretching programs
  • Early mobilisation and prevention of complications after surgery
  • Cardiorespiratory care
  • Management of functional decline and risk reduction
  • Lymphoedema screening and education
  • Advice on self-management of chronic, cancer-related conditions, including fatigue, peripheral neuropathy, and pain
  • End-of-life support and palliation (such as discharge planning, family education and training, symptom management)
  • Liaison and consultation with external supports for ongoing care and rehabilitation
  • Group exercise activities
  • Prehabilitation

Inpatient services:

Our physiotherapy team provides both ward based therapy and an inpatient exercise class daily, which is offered to appropriate patients in our gym, facilitated by our exercise physiologists, physiotherapists and allied health assistants.

Outpatient clinics:

In addition to our general outpatient clinics, the following specialist clinics are offered:

Optimisation Clinic

The Optimisation Clinic provides a personalised, coordinated, multidisciplinary approach for patients at all stages of their treatment journey. The clinic aims to improve the overall functional performance, psychological status, nutritional status and fatigue level of patients attending the clinic. Clinicians from dietetics, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and psychology work collaboratively to tailor a treatment plan to each individual patient, and facilitate linkages with community services for long term support.

Lymphoedema Clinic

The lymphoedema clinic services patients who have developed secondary lymphoedema as a result of their cancer and its treatment.

Bioimpedance Clinic

The lymphoedema screening (bioimpedance) clinic is a surveillance program offered to patients following some types of surgeries where lymph nodes are removed. Patients are followed post-operatively for two years, and linked into lymphoedema clinic for further assessment and management if required.

COACH Prehabilitation

Running a marathon requires physical training and mental preparation to achieve good results. In a similar way, patients have better outcomes when they are fitter and stronger before commencing cancer treatments. Working with your team of doctors, nurses, dietitians, exercise professionals and psychologists to get fit before treatment is called prehabilitation.

Satellite radiotherapy sites

Telehealth physiotherapy services are offered to patients undergoing radiotherapy at our satellite sites.

Exercise physiology

Peter Mac offers specialist exercise physiology services including:

  • Exercise programming for prehabilitation prior to treatment or reconditioning following treatment
  • Individually prescribed strengthening and fitness programs
  • Group exercise activities
  • Liaison with sub-acute care and community agencies for follow-up care and rehabilitation where appropriate