Thrive Cancer Rehabilitation Program

What is Thrive?

Thrive is designed to help patients restore and improve strength, endurance, function, mobility and quality of life during and post cancer treatment. Our evidence-based program focuses on land-based therapy under direction from a Rehabilitation Specialist in coordination with your Oncology Specialist and GP. The program uses a tailored, individualised combination of therapies in Waratah Rehabilitation Centre on the Mezzanine level of Waratah Private Hospital.

We know exercise helps to maintain good health, reduces the risk of chronic disease, and aids rehabilitation after disease.

The benefits of exercise during and after treatment include improvements and preservation in muscle strength, mass and power, physical functioning, range of motion and immune function. As well as improvements in chemotherapy completion rates.

Benefits also include a reduction in hospital time, psychological and emotional stress, and the number and severity of symptoms and side effects.*

Research indicates that exercise after diagnosis may improve long-term survival rates, at least in breast and colon cancer.*

*Exercise is Medicine Australia – Cancer Factsheet, 2014.

Am I eligible for Thrive?

If you are currently undergoing or have recently had cancer treatment that has left you with a loss of walking ability, strength, or general function, then you may be eligible to participate in Thrive.

If you are unsure if your condition meets the eligibility criteria, please contact the Waratah Rehabilitation Centre on (02) 9598 0690.

The Thrive program

Thrive offers a unique rehabilitation program designed specifically for patients in need of reconditioning due to functional decline caused by cancer or during/ following cancer treatment including;

  • Physiotherapy
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Dietetics
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Social work
  • Nursing

Our team of medical professionals work together to provide individualised rehabilitation programs with the aim of getting you back to everyday function following your cancer treatment.

Program timetable

Thrive consists of two, two-hour rehabilitation sessions per week.

Do I need a referral?

Referrals can come directly from your GP or treating Oncologist. While patients will be admitted under a Rehabilitation Specialist, your Oncologist will continue to be your first point of contact for any medical issues relating to your cancer treatment.

Will my health fund cover this program?

Please contact us on (02) 9598 0690 for information.