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Kaden Centre welcomes $1m to deliver specialised exercise therapy


Cancer patients in the Hunter region are set to benefit from a $1 million injection into Newcastle’s Kaden Centre.

Labor made a promise before the federal election to invest the money over four years to revitalise the Warabrook facility’s oncology exercise clinic.

And, it recently followed through on that commitment.

The funding, delivered via the Hunter, New England and Central Coast Primary Health Network, will ensure the premises continues its unique services for people by way of specialised physiology care.

Newcastle MP Sharon Claydon at the Kaden Centre.

“I’m delighted the Albanese government has kept the Kaden Centre’s doors open to maintain its innovative oncology exercise program,” Newcastle MP Sharon Claydon said.

“The facility has helped more than a thousand people in the Newcastle area.

“So, it is vital that they are able to continue to do this important work thanks to the government’s investment.”

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

It was established by the inspiring Suzanne Clark Pitrolo as a not-for-profit enterprise… as a result of her experiences as a cancer patient.

There is strong evidence that exercise provides benefits to those suffering the insidious disease.

Appropriate oncology workouts have been shown to reduce anxiety, depression and fatigue, lessen hospital admissions and length of stay, and moderate the side effects of treatment.

And, since opening four years ago, the Kaden Centre has treated in excess of 1,200 people from the Newcastle and Hunter region with cancer and chronic illness.

“I’ve spoken first-hand with many patients who have benefited from the facility,” Minister for Health and Aged Care Mark Butler said.

“We know exercise is not only safe for them; it’s known to help them cope better with their condition and their treatment.

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

“We’re committed to helping all Australians diagnosed with cancer to access the best multi-disciplinary care, as close to their homes as possible.”

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