Cairns Private Hospital
Part of Ramsay Health Care


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 may suffer.

The multidisciplinary CancerCare ACTIVATE program is specially designed for people who have experienced a decline in functioning and quality of life as a result of cancer treatment.

ACTIVATE combines education, exercise and support in a small group setting for two to three hours, twice a week for six weeks. The program aims to boost your ability to enjoy an active and fulfilling life.

Our Program Aim

This multi-disciplinary CancerCare program is suited to those who have a primary diagnosis of cancer and are looking to improve their quality of life and have a level of decline due to cancer treatment. Participants can be at various stages of their journey, whether that be before, during or after any treatment.

The program is designed to assist individuals to maximise participation in an active and fulfilling life, with a focus on functional and psychological wellbeing.

Program Structure

The program combines health education, exercise and support for participants in a small group environment. Exercises are tailored to the individual’s level of activity. Participants attend for two to three hours, twice a week for 6 weeks. The comprehensive education sessions cover topics including:

  • Benefits of exercise
  • Activity pacing and energy conservation
  • Nutrition
  • Stress management
  • Healthy sleep patterns
  • Community support services

Partners, family members or close friends are welcome to attend the education sessions.


We have agreements with most health funds and Department of Veterans’ Affairs, which ensure your out-of-pocket expenses are kept to a minimum. Participants will be notified of any costs prior to commencing the program.

The RehabilitationCare Team

The Specialist team is delivered by Ramsay RehabilitationCare at our rehabilitation services. Our team consists of:

  • Rehabilitation Physician
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Physiotherapist
  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Dietitian
  • Psychologist


Ask your doctor for a referral

Referrals may be made by surgeons, specialists or general medical practitioners. Referrals may also be received directly from hospitals after an inpatient stay.

The Rehabilitation Program Coordinator will arrange an initial assessment by a Rehabilitation Physician.

Find out more

Speak with our Day rehab team on 07 4052 8059 or email

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