The Institute's DEXA scanner is a valuable tool for researchers
Established in 2003, the Edith Cowan University Health and Wellness Institute is an initiative that builds collaboration between researchers, educators, industry and government to optimise health and improve quality of life for people of all ages, within differing social, cultural, political and environmental contexts. The Edith Cowan University Health and Wellness Institute is located within the Health and Wellness building of the Faculty of Health, Engineering and Science at ECU's Joondalup Campus.
Edith Cowan University's Health and Wellness Institute is a cross-disciplinary alliance of research centres and expertise with extensive national and international linkages. It is the first institute of its kind at an Australian University bringing together an expert team of researchers committed to improving community health and wellbeing. In partnership with national and international networks, it enhances collaboration and promotes a holistic approach to health and lifestyle.
Ongoing research will further support the community, with the Institute examining the role of exercise in:
- Men Receiving Therapy for Prostate Cancer;
- Promoting Lifestyle Changes in Prostate Cancer Survivors;
- Neoadjuvant Chemoradiation in Patients with Rectal Cancer;
- Breast Cancer Related Lymphoedema;
- Cancer Patients with Advanced Bone Metastatic Disease;
- Patients with Lung Cancer;
- Depression in Later Life; and
- Men's Health.
The Institute's work developing the Exercise and Sports Science Australia Position Statement on Exercise for Cancer Survivors has led to an increase in the number of accredited exercise physiologists trained in this clinical area, with cancer patients nationally benefiting from the research. The Institute has authored the Cancer Council of Western Australia's Guidelines for Implementing Exercise Programs for Cancer Survivors, has formed the basis of a 12-week exercise program offered by the Cancer Council of WA to the community. The Institute has also co-authored International Clinical Guidelines by the American College of Sports Medicine on exercise for cancer survivors.