Sometimes, cancer treatment can affect your ability to perform everyday activities. Your physical abilities may be limited and your emotional wellbeing and quality of life my suffer.
The ACTIVATE rehabilitation program is specially designed for people who have experienced a decline in functioning and quality of life as a result of cancer treatment. It provides targeted care to people with more complex rehabilitation needs.
About the program
ACTIVATE is a 6-week rehabilitation program that aims to boost your ability to enjoy an active and fulfilling life. The program supports you to improve your quality of life, with a focus on functional and psychological wellbeing.
You can start the ACTIVATE program at any stage of the cancer pathway – before, during or after your treatment.
How does it work?
ACTIVATE combines education, exercise and support in a small group setting, twice a week for six weeks.
Exercises are tailored to your level of activity and the comprehensive education sessions cover topics including:
- Benefits of exercise
- Activity pacing and energy conservation
- Stress management
- Healthy sleep patterns
- Community support services
Your family and close friends are welcome to attend the education sessions.
This program is delivered by Ramsay Health Care’s Rehabilitation Care team, including Rehabilitation Physicians, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapist, Exercise Physiologists, Dietitians and Psychologists.
How much does it cost?
Ramsay Health Care has agreements with most health funds and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, which ensure your out-of-pocket expenses are kept to a minimum.
You will be notified of any costs prior to commencing the program.
If you are not suitable for ACTIVATE, Ramsay Health Plus has other programs that may suit your needs.
How can I get started?
You can speak with your Treating Specialist, CancerCare Navigator or treatment team to discuss whether you are eligible and if ACTIVATE is right for you.
Your surgeon, specialist or GP, or your hospital, can refer you to the program.
Once a referral is received, the Rehabilitation Program Coordinator will arrange an initial assessment by a Rehabilitation Physician at the closest Ramsay Rehabilitation Services.
To understand more about our CancerCare ACTIVATE Program or find out which locations the CancerCare ACTIVATE program are available at, please enquire here.