Dr Catherine Granger
University of Melbourne
Physical activity is important for health of all people across the lifespan including children, adults and the elderly. It is also extremely important for people with cancer. Dr Granger’s research mainly focuses on people with lung cancer who experience terrible symptoms including pain, fatigue, and breathlessness, which makes it hard for them to be active at home and in the community. Her research has found that people with lung cancer do not perform enough physical activity and that symptoms and fear of exercising are major barriers. However, physical activity is very beneficial to reduce symptoms, and improve function and quality of life. She is now focused on strategies to help people with lung cancer overcome these barriers, with the aim to improve their wellness and ability to participate in the community.
Catherine has developed website content for sections of the Australian Physiotherapy Association on exercise and chronic disease/cancer specifically for the public. As a passionate supporter of Women in Science, Catherine is an ambassador for the new Women in Research Initiative at Melbourne Health. She has presented to Young Ostomates United (YOU) Inc. a group dedicated to people living with a stoma about the role of exercise to combat symptoms and keep healthy.