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Health and Wellness Institute, incorporating Vario Wellness Clinic, Parkinson's Research Centre and the Survey Research Centre

The Health & Wellness Institute is a trans-disciplinary alliance of ECU's research capabilities that aims to improve health and wellness outcomes within the community. The Institute combines knowledge, skills and resources of researchers in a range of disciplines, including exercise and sports science, nutrition and psychology, to undertake research and develop programs that generate significant health benefits. The Institute incorporates the Vario Wellness Clinic, Parkinson's Centre and the Survey Research Centre.

The Institute has attracted external competitive research funding from: National Health & Medical Research Council, the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia, the Cancer Council of Western Australia, the Cancer Council of Queensland and Heathway. In 2010, the Institute, Clinic and Parkinson's Centre recorded over 25,000 client visits.

Current areas of research include:

  • relationships between exercise and men receiving therapy for prostate cancer
  • neoadjuvant chemoradiaton in patents with rectal cancer
  • breast cancer-related lymphoedema
  • depression in later life
  • men's health, and
  • Parkinson's disease

The Vario Wellness Clinic is the entity that delivers best-practice, evidence-based wellness programs, integrated consulting and assessment services to those in the community with a chronic illness. It uses a holistic and multidisciplinary approach to health and wellness through exercise physiology, dietetics, psychology and physiotherapy. The Clinic offers specialised programs that have been developed for people with chronic conditions.

The Parkinson's Research Centre (ParkC) was established specifically to pursue research into cure, treatment and lifestyle management of people with Parkinson's disease. As well as conducting research, ParkC brings together not-for-profit community groups, academic staff from multiple disciplines and institutions and medical practitioners, all of who have a dedicated interest in Parkinson's disease and expertise in health and ageing research.

The Survey Research Centre conducts high-quality health survey research and works with organizations and groups across the medical and health sector. It undertakes surveys for other organizations such as university departments, public sector agencies, non-government organizations and private companies.

Key ECU Staff

Associate Professor Daniel Galvao, Dr Prue Cormie, Dr Meghan Thomas, Vicki Graham, Catherine Bell.

Engagement Partners

The Cancer Council of Western Australia, The Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia, Parkinson's WA, Department of Veterans Affairs, WA Health Department, WA Department of Fisheries.
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