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Dr Favil Singh


Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 2369, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO19.397
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 2369
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO19.397  


Favil is a Lecturer in Clinical Exercise Physiology in the School of Medical and Health Sciences and the 4th year Coordinator for the M90 Clinical Exercise Physiology course.

Current Teaching

  • SPS4116 Clinical Exercise Physiology: Cardiovascular and Pulmonary
  • SPS4204 Clinical Exercise Physiology: Metabolic, Immunologic, and Hematologic


Dr Favil Singh, PhD, is an Academic Lecturer in the School of Medical and Health Sciences and a researcher in the Exercise Medicine Research Institute (EMRI), at Edith Cowan University. He is an Accredited Exercise Scientist and Accredited Exercise Physiologist with Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA). His academic position involves teaching and course coordination of the 4th year exercise physiology undergraduate program. His clinical oncology research focuses on the role of exercise in the management of chronic diseases especially in the area of prehabilitation for prostate and rectal cancer patients.  He is also a committee member of the Early and Middle Career Research Network group representing the School of Medical and Health Sciences. As an accredited exercise physiologist, Favil is currently involved in a role that is not only underpinned by time and motivation, but also places paramount importance on self-development and education. Throughout his time working through different levels in the University, he has had great exposure to teaching and supervising students in a variety of teaching units. His passion for teaching, combined with an intense desire for continual research is synonymous with the ESSA culture that values knowledge and desire to inspire and engage. Over the last 12 years, he has been working towards establishing himself as a research academic in Edith Cowan University supporting the accredited exercise program. Prior to completing his doctoral studies, he gained extensive experience in the industry as an exercise physiologist, working with working with healthy people as well as those with chronic diseases over the last 14 years in various clinical settings in Singapore and Australia. Favil is a member of ESSA; an active member of the ESSA Cancer Special Interest Group (CSIG); and an academic member of the Clinical Oncology Society of Australia (COSA), actively contributing to the Exercise and Cancer Group.

Professional Associations

  • Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA)
  • Clinical Oncology Society of Australia (COSA)

Awards and Recognition

University and National Research Awards

  • International Post-Graduate Scholarship 2010 ($25000/year)
  • Inaugural Industry and PhD Research Engagement Program (IPREP) 2014 ($2000)
  • ECU 5MT Research in a Nutshell (ECU Winner) 2015 ($2500)
  • ECU 5MT Research in a Nutshell (ECU People's Choice Winner) 2015 ($500)
  • National 5MT Research in a Nutshell at ACU (1st Runner-up Science and Health Category) 2015 ($1000)
  • Fresh Winner Presentation Winner 2016
  • COSA 2016 Travel Grant
  • One Minute to Pitch It (3rd Place) 2017 ($500)
  • EMCR Travel Grant for Science Pathways 2018
  • Famelab 2018, WA Finalist
  • NHMRC CRE-PCS Mentorship Program Award 2018 ($4000)

Research Areas and Interests

  • The role of exercise as medicine for cancer and management of treatment-related adverse effects
  • The role of prehabilitation exercise in the management of Prostate cancer
  • The role of prehabilitation exercise in the management of Rectal cancer
  • The role of exercise during neo-adjuvant therapy


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Edith Cowan University, 2015.
  • Bachelor of Science (Sports Science) Honours, Edith Cowan University, 2006.
  • bachelor of Science (Sports Science), Edith Cowan University, 2004.
  • Diploma in Electronics, Singapore, 1999.


Recent Research Grants

  • Supervised versus home-based exercise prior to surgery for prostate cancer patients scheduled for prostatectomy,  Cancer Council of WA Inc,  Suzanne Cavanagh Early Career Investigator Grants,  2018 - 2020,  $34,958.
  • Effects of perioperative exercise in vascular surgery patients in relation to glycan and lipid profiling and post-surgical outcomes on recovery.,  Edith Cowan University,  School of Medical and Health Sciences Research Grant Scheme 2018,  2018 - 2019,  $9,300.
  • Mechanical modulation of bone metastases in advanced breast cancer patients: Can targeted exercise suppress osteolytic tumour progression?,  National Breast Cancer Foundation,  Pilot Study Grant,  2016 - 2019,  $184,300.
  • Exercise Medicine Prior to Open Radical Cystectomy: Feasibility and Preliminary Efficacy,  ANZUP Clinical Trials Group Limited,  Below the Belt Research Fund,  2017 - 2019,  $45,455.
  • The effect of either a pre- or post-exercise intervention on patient outcomes for prostate cancer patients undergoing prostatectomy.,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Early Career Researcher Grant - 2016,  2016 - 2018,  $29,900.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Singh, F., Galvao, D., Newton, R., Spry, N., Baker, M., Taaffe, D., (2018), Feasibility and Preliminary Efficacy of a 10-Week Resistance and Aerobic Exercise Intervention During Neoadjuvant Chemoradiation Treatment in Rectal Cancer Patients. Integrative Cancer Therapies, 17(3), 952-959, United States, Sage Publications Inc, DOI: 10.1177/1534735418781736.
  • Levin, G., Greenwood, K., Singh, F., Newton, R., (2018), Modality of Exercise Influences Rate of Decrease in Depression for Cancer Survivors with Elevated Depressive Symptomatology. Supportive Care in Cancer, 26(5), 1597-1606, Berlin, Germany, Springer, DOI: 10.1007/s00520-017-3996-x.
  • Singh, F., Newton, R., Baker, MK., Spry, N., Taaffe, D., Galvao, D., (2017), Feasibility and Efficacy of Presurgical Exercise in Survivors of Rectal Cancer Scheduled to Receive Curative Resection. Clinical Colorectal Cancer, 16(4), 358-365, New York, USA, Elsevier Inc., DOI: 10.1016/j.clcc.2017.03.010.
  • McIntyre, C., Singh, F., Thomas, R., Newton, R., Galvao, D., Cavalheri, V., (2017), Exercise training for advanced lung cancer. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2017(6), Article number CD012685, Oxford, United Kingdom, John Wiley and Sons Ltd, DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD012685.
  • Singh, F., Newton, R., Baker, M., Spry, N., Taaffe, D., Thavaseelan, J., Galvao, D., (2017), Feasibility of presurgical exercise in men with prostate cancer undergoing prostatectomy. Integrative Cancer Therapies, 16(3), 290-299, Sage, DOI: 10.1177/1534735416666373.
  • Levin, G., Greenwood, K., Singh, F., Tsoi, D., Newton, R., (2016), Exercise Improves Physical Function and Mental Health of Brain Cancer Survivors: Two Exploratory Case Studies. Integrative Cancer Therapies, 15(2), 190-196, California, USA, SAGE Publications Inc., DOI: 10.1177/1534735415600068.

Research Student Supervision

Associate Supervisor

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