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Special Programs

Lungs In Action

Lungs in Action ProgramLungs in Action (LIA) is an enjoyable, low cost exercise maintenance program for people who have completed a pulmonary rehabilitation program. The benefits of pulmonary rehabilitation can decline over a 6-12 month period on cessation of a supervised pulmonary program, unless an active maintenance exercise program is available in the community. The aim of LIA is to extend the benefits of pulmonary rehabilitation by providing a safe environment in which those with chronic lung disease can maintain physical and social activities.

Function Focus

Function Focus is an exercise and mobility class aimed at individuals looking to retain their independence and improve functionality. Individual exercise and conditioning programs are prescribed to maintain and enhance physiological capacities such as range of motion, stability and endurance. These programs are conducted in a group environment monitored by accredited exercise Physiologists and Exercise Physiology students. These classes cater for individuals with:

  • Musculoskeletal injuries
  • Cardiorespiratory disease
  • Metabolic conditions
  • Neurological and neuromuscular impairments
  • Conditions of ageing
  • Other chronic and complex pathologies

Bone Health

Maintaining bone mineral density is essential to ensure that you have a strong and healthy skeleton throughout your lifetime. Reduced bone mineral density causes bones to become brittle and porous increasing the risk and frequency of fracture. Appropriately prescribed weight-bearing physical activity and resistance exercise can assist with strenghthening bones. By making muscles and bones stronger to cope with the demands of life we can reduce the risk of falls and fractures.

Bone Health Classes incorporate the use of functional, body weight and balance activities to strengthen the bones and muscles. The exercise class is aimed at aimed at developing or maintaining bone strength for those who are experiencing the following:

  • Osteoporosis
  • Osteopenia and reduced bone mineral density
  • And for people looking to improve their muscular strength, functional endurance and cardiovascular fitness

Heart Health

Heart Health (Pdf 30kb) is a cardiac rehabilitation exercise class offering individuals an exercise program in a group setting.  Cardiac rehabilitation is the process of returning an individual to as active a lifestyle as possible for that individual after a cardiac event.

Classes are carefully monitored and supervised by an Accredited Exercise Physiologist.  Blood pressure and heart rate are checked regularly to ensure that patients are exercising safely.

The benefits from Heart Health class are many and include:

  • Strengthening of the heart
  • General body conditioning
  • Weight loss
  • Better blood sugar control
  • Better blood pressure control
  • Improved lipid levels
  • Restored self confidence
  • Decreased anxiety and depression
  • Improved socialisation

Cancer Rehabilitation

This group exercise session focuses on improving fitness and functional ability for cancer patients and survivors. Each person will be assessed and given an exercise program based on their abilities and treatment level.

Exercise can benefit cancer patients and survivors through:

  • Increasing energy levels
  • Improved strength
  • Increased range of movement
  • Enhanced muscle mass
  • Decreased fat mass
  • Improved overall health and wellness

The Man Plan

The Man Plan is an exercise regimen for prostrate cancer sufferers.  It is specifically designed to use resistance training to offset some of the side effects some patients may experience whilst on ADT treatment including weight gain, changes in bone density, neuromuscular disorders, arthralgia, myalgia and general asthenia. The program has been developed by the Vario Health Institute at Edith Cowan University, for Abbott Australasia, to support patients who have been prescribed Lucrin.

Lucrin (Leuprorelin Acetate) slows prostate cancer growth by reducing testosterone in the patient to very low levels. Recent studies have shown significant benefits from resistance exercise in prostate cancer patients undertaking ADT.

The goal of The Man Plan program is to teach patients to be able to exercise safely and effectively in their own home or at their local gym on an ongoing basis. The Faculty of Health Clinics offer support to the patients via face to face training sessions facilitated by an accredited Exercise Physiologist.

The Man Plan Face to Face Program is up to 10 weeks in duration and includes 18 sessions in total. These sessions consist of two supervised group sessions of resistance-based exercise per week (16 sessions) plus one initial and one final individual assessment appointment. The 18 sessions will be majority funded by Abbott with a small co-contribution by the patient.

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Faculty of Health Clinics
University of Canberra

Phone: (02) 6201 5843
Fax: (02) 6201 5666
Email: healthclinic@canberra.edu.au