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Victoria University in collaboration with Western Health, and IPC Health Altona Meadows are seeking participants for a research study to determine the advantages of self-directed physical activity on mental health, quality of life and immunity in breast cancer survivors.

You are invited to take part in the research study if you are female aged 18 and above, have been diagnosed with breast cancer within 3 years and are at least 6 months post-active treatment.

Study examines benefits of exercise

The study will determine the benefits of self-directed physical activity combined with motivational interviewing on the improvement of psychological well-being, quality of life and immunity in female breast cancer survivors.

You will be provided with a step tracker (Fitbit) and randomly assigned to 1 of 2 groups. You will perform 24 weeks self-directed physical activity at home or community at your own leisure and you will be supplied with Fitbit to track your daily steps.

The timing of when you will receive motivational interviewing will be randomly allocated to the first 12 weeks or the last 12 weeks. Your quality of life, psychological health will be assessed using questionnaires and your immunity via blood test at 3 time points: weeks 1, 12, 24.

The study has been approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee of Melbourne Health.

Contact researchers to take part

To obtain further information about this research, please contact:

Katherine Harkin
Masters of Research student
Victoria University
Email: [email protected]

Professor Vasso Apostolopoulos
Pro-Vice Chancellor, Research Partnerships
Victoria University
Email: [email protected]

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Katherine Harkin
Masters of Research student