MEDIA RELEASE: $1M for exercise therapy for Newcastle cancer patients


The Albanese Government has delivered on its commitment to cancer patients in the Newcastle region, thanks to a $1 million injection to the Kaden Centre.

The funding, which has been delivered through the Hunter, New England and Central Coast Primary Health Network, will ensure the Kaden Centre can continue its unique services for cancer patients through specialised exercise physiology care.

The Kaden Centre is a purpose-built facility where people experiencing all stages of cancer can undertake customised, targeted exercise programs, under the guidance of health professionals.

The Centre was established by the inspiring Suzanne Clark Pitrolo as a not-for-profit enterprise as a result of her experiences as a cancer patient. Since opening four years ago it has treated more than 1,200 people from the Newcastle and Hunter region with cancer and chronic illness.

There is strong evidence that exercise provides benefits to cancer patients. Appropriate oncology exercise has been shown to reduce anxiety, depression and fatigue, reduce hospital admissions and length of stay, and moderate the side effects of treatment.

Quotes attributable to Minister Butler:

“I’ve spoken firsthand with many patients who have benefited from the Kaden Centre.

“We know exercise is not only safe for cancer patients, its known to help them cope better with their condition and their treatment.

“The Kaden Centre delivers custom, targeted exercise programs, prescribed by allied health professionals to drastically improve the long-term health outcomes for people living with cancer.  

“The Government is committed to helping all Australians diagnosed with cancer to access the best multidisciplinary care, as close to their homes as possible.”

Quotes attributable to Sharon Claydon MP:

“I’m delighted that the Albanese Labor Government has kept the Kaden Centre’s doors open to continue their innovative oncology exercise program.”

“The Kaden Centre has helped over a thousand people in the Newcastle area, and it is vital that they are able to continue to do this important work thanks to the Albanese government’s investment.”

Thursday, 25 May 2023


Avril Kelly (CLAYDON): 0410 980 098

Lucy Caruso (BUTLER): 0408 803 428

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