Current projects

iCanADAPT Advanced

Online treatment options for anxiety and depression are an important area of investigation, as not everyone who experiences these symptoms wants to, or needs to, visit a mental health professional (e.g., psychologist) for face-to-face therapy. The purpose of this project is to assess whether a new online program (iCanADAPT Advanced) is useful and helpful for people who have a diagnosis of advanced cancer, and are currently experiencing anxiety, depression, or both.

Care Assist

Supporting a loved one with cancer has the potential to impact on the supporter’s physical and mental health. This project aims to gather information to assist in the development of an online supporter training intervention, Care Assist, specifically designed for male supporters of women with breast cancer.

The ACTIVATE Trial

Increasing physical activity after breast cancer has been shown to improve health outcomes, but it can be very hard to change habits without some assistance. The ACTIVATE trial is testing a new strategy to increase physical activity amongst breast cancer survivors by using a wearable technology activity monitor (Garmin Vivofit 2).

Lifepool – Australian women finding answers

Every woman can help support breast cancer research though Lifepool – a project that brings together data from a variety of sources to create a vital resource for research into breast cancer and women’s health.

Cognitive Rehabilitation for Breast Cancer Survivors with Perceived Cognitive Impairment

Cognitive impairment is recognised by up to 70% of breast cancer survivors as an major side-effect of treatment that impairs function and quality of life, and for which there is no proven treatment for this impairment. This research project will compare two treatments to determine which, if either is more beneficial.

The Australian Breakthrough Cancer Study

The Australian Breakthrough Cancer (ABC) study aims to investigate the genetic basis of cancer and other diseases, exploring lifestyle and environmental factors. It is hoped this will lead to more precise methods of screening for the presence of cancer and better targeted cancer prevention strategies and public health messages.

Rekindle Phase II

Decreased sex drive, changes in sexual function and problems with intimacy can worsen quality of life for cancer survivors. Partners also experience this burden, such that as survivor’s functioning worsens, they report decreased sexual satisfaction as well.

Women’s Health After Surgical Menopause (WHAM)

For women at increased risk of ovarian cancer, removal of the fallopian tubes and ovaries will substantially reduce their risk of ovarian cancer, and may reduce the risk of breast cancer. However, the consequences of this risk-reducing surgery for sexual health, menopausal symptoms, bone and cardiovascular health and cognitive functions are poorly understood. 

Breast Edema and Exercise Trial (BEET)

This project represents the first step in the development of a national research program to investigate the benefits of exercise to improve symptoms for women living with breast lymphoedema (chronic swelling and discomfort in the breast region).