At Cabrini we continue to develop creative, new and evidence-based rehabilitation programs and services dedicated to cancer patients. We want to ensure our patients are active participants in their cancer recovery in terms of their health, physical function and quality of life.

Our integrated cancer services include education, group support, nutritional advice, exercise programs, counselling and symptom management. They are designed to support patients who may experience functional decline, weakness, fatigue or emotional issues related to their treatment and management of cancer.

We offer many individualised and group programs specifically tailored for patients diagnosed and living with cancer. These programs can be accessed before, during and after cancer treatment, both in and outside the hospital setting. They are aimed to promote wellness and to empower people living with cancer.

The costs associated with our programs and services are often covered by private health insurance.

For referrals and enquiries please contact ACCESS on (03) 9508 1700 or email access@cabrini.com.au.

Cancer Exercise and Wellness Programs

Exercising during cancer treatment is proven to have significant benefits. It can help counteract the adverse effects of cancer. Research shows that staying active while you have medical treatment may improve your quality of life, reduce the risk of cancer recurrence and the development of other health issues such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and osteoporosis. All members of our multidisciplinary team promote physical activity and help patients adhere to exercise guidelines.

Group programs

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  Breast Cancer Group Exercise and Support Care Program (Rehabilitation)

An eight-week rehabilitation group exercise and education program providing specialist support for people with localised breast cancer. The program includes an initial appointment with a rehabilitation physician, followed by a progressive exercise program under specialist physiotherapy or exercise physiologist supervision. These sessions are designed to empower patients to regain their sense of self through education related to diet, finances, relationships and body image. 

Available at: Glenhuntly Road Campus


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  General Oncology Group Exercise Program

A 12-week exercise program for patients diagnosed with cancer. The program includes an initial 60-minute individual assessment with an exercise physiologist, followed by twice weekly group sessions.

Available at: Glenhuntly Road Campus


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  General Oncology Individual Exercise Home and Private Gym Program

Face-to-face consultation with an exercise physiologist to create a tailored exercise plan to be used at the Cabrini gym, a private gym or in the comfort of your own home.

Available at: Glenhuntly Road Campus

Individual assessments and services 

Cabrini is a leading provider of multidisciplinary cancer care. Our accredited allied health professionals provide a co-ordinated approach to the management of your cancer working with all members of your care team to support your individual health needs. As a result, we offer a range of specialised allied health services on a one-on-one basis.  

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  Lymphoedema Physiotherapy Clinic

Our specially-trained lymphoedema physiotherapists provide screening, monitoring, early intervention and complex lymphoedema management and advice for cancer patients who are at risk of developing lymphoedema as a result of surgery or treatment, or for those patients with established lymphoedema.

Available at: Glenhuntly Road Campus


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  Dietetics Assessment and Review

Face-to-face consultation with a dietician to provide assessment, care planning and treatment plans to optimise your nutritional needs before, during or after cancer treatment.

Available at: Glenhuntly Road Campus


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  Physiotherapy Assessment and Review

A physiotherapist can provide assessment, treatment and advice for musculoskeletal issues, pain or functional decline that may be associated with your cancer and medical treatment.

Available at: Glenhuntly Road Campus


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  Occupational Therapy Assessment and Review

An occupational therapist can provide advice about fatigue management, including graded work return and support to source appropriate equipment and aids if you are having difficulty with any aspects of daily living.

Available at: Glenhuntly Road Campus


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  Speech Pathology Assessment and Review

A speech pathologist can assist if you are having speaking, swallowing or communication difficulties as a result of your specific cancer diagnosis.

Available at: Glenhuntly Road Campus


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  Exercise Physiology

An exercise physiologist specialises in the use of exercise to help patients meet specific health goals, and to assist patients living with cancer to keep active.  They are adept at setting up tailored programs to meet patients’ individual needs.

Available at: Glenhuntly Road Campus


To make a booking please contact ACCESS on T: (03) 9508 1700 F: (03) 9508 1455 E: access@cabrini.com.au.

Counselling Services

Being diagnosed and living with cancer can be a very confronting and emotional time for patients and their families. We understand how important it is to provide psychological and, in some cases, psychiatric support during this difficult time. Whilst many of our programs involve psychologist-led education and peer support sessions, individual consultation with a psychologist specialising in cancer is available.

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  Psycho-oncology

Melbourne Pyscho-oncology Group is a private practice located at Cabrini Malvern supporting patients requiring psycho-social support following a cancer diagnosis. The psychologists from Melbourne Psycho-oncology Service are experts in assisting people affected by illness.

T: 0413 560 719 | E: enquiries@melbournepsychooncology.com.au


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  Psychiatry

Individual consultation with a psychiatrist specialising in cancer. Please speak with your treating doctor about the cancer psychiatry services available at Cabrini.

T: (03) 9509 3744 | E: mogmaindesk@bigpond.com

Free support and education services 

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  Living with Cancer Education Session

We offer a full day program to empower people affected by cancer with useful skills and helpful information. Education sessions about cancer treatments and side effects, relationships, self-esteem and body image, coping with loss and grief, diet, exercise and how to access cancer services are covered. This program is run by our day oncology nursing staff with support from specialised speakers and Cancer Council Victoria.

Available at: Cabrini Brighton

E: cmorton@cabrini.com.au or enquire with your day oncology nursing staff.


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  Cabrini Wig Service

Cabrini offers a complimentary wig service every Thursday at Cabrini Brighton. The Cabrini wig room is a free community service available to Cabrini patients and anyone living in Bayside who is losing their hair as a result of cancer treatment. The service is volunteer-led, with support from a local Brighton hairdresser (Toni and Guy) who offer complimentary head shaves and wig trims.

Available at: Cabrini Brighton

To make a booking please contact us on (03) 9508 5700 between 8.30 am – 5 pm Monday to Friday.


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  Mindfulness Meditation

The Cabrini Pastoral Care Team offers weekly mindfulness meditation sessions at Brighton, Malvern and Prahran. These sessions are open to anyone and don't require a booking.  

Brighton Chapel

Wednesdays

2 pm

Prahran Chapel

Thursdays

1 pm

Malvern Chapel

Fridays

1 pm

For enquiries on our Mindfulness Meditation Program please contact us on (03) 9111 7421.

Cancer support groups 

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  Brain Cancer Support Group

This support group is aimed at empowering participants with information and support to improve the way they live with brain cancer.

T: (03) 9508 1514 | E: neurooncology@cabrini.com.au


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  Early Breast Cancer Support Group

This support group provides patients undergoing treatment for breast cancer the opportunity to connect with each other and share their experiences.

T: (03) 9508 5568 | E: breastcancercare@cabrini.com.au


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  Look Good Feel Better

Look Good Feel Better is a free national community service program run by the Cancer Patients Foundation, dedicated to teaching cancer patients how to manage the appearance-related side-effects caused by cancer treatment. Women, men and teens participate in practical workshop demonstrations covering skin care, make-up and head wear, leaving them empowered and ready to face their cancer diagnosis with confidence.

Click here to register for a Look Good Feel Better program.


Enquiries

For further information or to book an appointment, please contact ACCESS on (03) 9508 1700 or complete the below form and we will respond to your enquiry promptly.

Glenhuntly Road Campus