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Dr Favil Singh


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
  • SPS4504 Clinical Exercise Physiology: Cancer and Metabolic Diseases
  • SPS3111 Physical Activity and Health
  • MMS6503 Contemporary Cancer Treatments - Co-ordinator
  • MMS6504 Cancer Biology - Co-ordinator


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 of the 4th year exercise physiology undergraduate program and Coordinating the Master Exercise Oncology units. His clinical oncology research focuses on the role of exercise in the management of chronic diseases especially in the area of prehabilitation for cancer patients. 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 15 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 17 years in various clinical settings in Singapore and Australia.

Professional Associations

  • Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA)
  • Clinical Oncology Society of Australia (COSA)
  • American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)

Awards and Recognition

National and International Awards

  • Centre of Research Excellence – Prostate Cancer Survivorship Mentorship Scheme $4,000 (2019) – Awarded to promote study at an oversea conference.
  • Early and Middle Career Researcher Travel Grant for Science Pathways conference $2000 (2018) – Awarded to travel to a conference in the Eastern states.
  • Clinical Oncology Society Australia 2016 Travel Grant $2500 – Awarded for travel to the conference in the eastern states.
  • Fresh Science 2016 - top 10 WA Nominee and Pub-night Presentation winner.
  • National 5MT Research in a Nutshell in ACU (1st runner-up) (2015) $1000. – Represented ECU at the national finals.

University and National Teaching Awards

  • Vice-Chancellors’ Staff Award 2020 – Citation for Outstanding contribution to Student learning (2020) - Awarded for continuous excellence in student learning. ($3000)

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 cancer
  • The role of exercise during neo-adjuvant therapy
  • Metabolic diseases and exercise


  • 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.

Research Outputs

Journal Articles

  • Kennedy, M., Bayes, S., Galvao, D., Singh, F., Spry, N., Davis, M., Chee, R., Zissiadis, Y., Hart, N., Taaffe, D., Newton, R. (2020). If you build it, will they come? Evaluation of a co-located exercise clinic and cancer treatment centre using the RE-AIM framework. European Journal of Cancer Care, 29(4), Article number e13251.
  • Newton, R., Kennedy, M., Singh, F., Taaffe, D., Spry, N., Chee, R., Zissiadis, Y., Davis, M., O'Brien, P., Galvao, D. (2020). Safety, Effectiveness, and Uptake of Exercise Medicine Integrated Within a Cancer Care Center. Seminars in Oncology Nursing, 36(5), Article 151073.
  • Singh, F. (2020). Prehabilitation: The effectiveness of exercising prior to prostate cancer surgery. Medical Research Archives, 8(6), 1-9.

Journal Articles

  • McIntyre, C., Singh, F., Thomas, R., Newton, R., Galvao, D., Cavalheri, V. (2019). Exercise training for advanced lung cancer. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 11(2), Article number CD012685.

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.
  • 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.

Journal Articles

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Journal Articles

  • 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.

Journal Articles

  • Singh, F., Newton, R., Galvao, D., Spry, N., Baker, M. (2013). A systematic review of pre-surgical exercise intervention studies with cancer patients. Surgical Oncology, 22(2), 92-104.

Journal Articles

  • Singh, F., Foster, C., Tod, D., McGuigan, M. (2007). Monitoring different types of resistance training using session rating of perceived exertion. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 2(1), 34-45.

Research Projects

  • Exercise Medicine Prior to Open Radical Cystectomy: Feasibility and Preliminary Efficacy, ANZUP Clinical Trials Group Limited, Below the Belt Research Fund, 2017 ‑ 2021, $45,455.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Master of Medical and Health Science by Research, Evaluating the effects of a structured exercise program on melanoma patients undergoing checkpoint inhibitor therapy
  • Master of Medical and Health Science by Research, The Impacts of Board Diversity in Medical Financial Performance

Co-principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Acute and chronic effects of eccentric versus concentric exercise on executive function and attention of older adults

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Exploring the physical demands associated with the role of a paramedic

Co-principal Supervisor

  • Master of Science (Sports Science), Effects of eccentric versus concentric resistance training in adults with type 2 diabetes

Associate Supervisor

  • Master of Science (Sports Science), Cardio-metabolic and neuromuscular adaptations following whole-body eccentric resistance training in older adults
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