Recipient: Dr Lauren Ha
Institute: School of Health Sciences, UNSW Medicine, UNSW Sydney Behavioural Sciences Unit, Kids Cancer Centre, Sydney Children’s Hospital Randwick
Funding: $599,935 January 2022 to June 2025
A new digital project supporting physical activity and fitness in survivorship.
Young Australian cancer survivors are up to 15 times more likely to develop cardiovascular disease than their peers. While maintaining a physically active lifestyle has been shown to improve late effects of cancer over 70% of young survivors do not meet the recommended physical activity guidelines.
iBounce is a digital health education program specifically designed for children and Adolescents & Young Adult (AYA) patients who have been through cancer by supporting physical activity and fitness in survivorship. With its digital delivery, iBounce aims to lead to tangible improvements in activity levels in children across Australia and beyond.
Funding from The Kids’ Cancer Project will enable the project to conduct focus groups to tailor iBounce to the needs of the diverse range of young survivors while evaluating the program’s effectiveness. The iBounce intervention aims to educate and promote a lifelong uptake of physical activity and healthy behaviours, improving overall fitness levels and quality of life in young cancer survivors.
This research project is supported in collaboration with the Tie Dye Project.