Physiotherapy and exercise physiology address functional decline before, during and after cancer treatment.

Before treatment our focus is usually on improving fitness prior to prolonged or risky treatment. During treatment our focus is on early recovery and return to normal functioning. After treatment we normally guide and support people in the recovery process, focusing on self-management and community linkages. Maintaining independence and improving physical functioning are important for maximising recovery. In some cases where recovery is delayed or not possible, physiotherapy can help target specific problem areas, assist with symptom management or advise on strategies to manage long term changes.

Physiotherapy and Exercise Physiology services at Peter Mac

Peter Mac offers specialist physiotherapy services for patients including:

  • 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
  • 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

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.

Education opportunity

Peter Mac runs an annual Introduction to Allied Health for Oncology course. The course is ideal for Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Exercise Physiologists, Allied Health Assistants and Exercise Professionals. Register your interest to be notified about upcoming dates. 

Referral information

If you require physiotherapy, your treating team will organise a referral for you.

Visit our referrals page for more information.



Phone: (03) 8559 5220

Fax: (03) 8559 5229

Email: [email protected]

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