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VANESSA THOMAS

Accredited Exercise Physiologist

Available to see clients at the Kinghorn Cancer Centre

ABOUT ME

Vanessa has always loved playing sports – in particular, soccer, basketball, touch football, tennis and netball.  It was this love of keeping active combined with the desire to make a positive difference, that lead to her resigning from a successful career in banking and finance to pursue her passion.  Returning to university to study Exercise Physiology, she graduated in first place with 1st class honours and the University Medal. 

Since graduating, Vanessa has gained experience in a variety of roles across both private and public hospitals as well private practice, in exercise oncology, mental health, Parkinson’s Disease, and cardiac and orthopaedic surgery rehabilitation.  She enjoys staying up to date with the latest research and is especially fascinated by the nuances of how a particular type and dose of exercise acts on different systems within the body in different ways.  She loves getting to know her clients and working together to design an individualised exercise program that is the perfect fit!

Interest areas

Oncology, Mental Health, Women’s Health.

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ALWAYS LEARNING
Vanessa has a growth mindset and is eager to continue her learning and develop her skills further. 

This is what she has learnt so far -

B. Applied Science in Exercise Physiology (Honours Class 1 and University Medal) - University of Sydney

Accredited Exercise Physiologist, full registration and membership with Exercise Sports Science Australia

Cert III and IV in Fitness (TAFE NSW)

Published works:  Aerobic exercise during chemotherapy infusion for cancer treatment: a novel randomised crossover safety and feasibility trial (Supportive Care in Cancer Journal)

Additional Training/Professional Development:

ONCOLOGY:

Ex-Med Cancer PD – Exercise Oncology EDU (Prue Cormie)

MENTAL HEALTH:

Working Therapeutically with Complex Trauma - Blue Knot Foundation

Managing Exercise with Eating Disorders – Safe Exercise at Every Stage

WOMEN'S HEALTH

Postpartum Considerations for Exercise – The Women’s Health Collective

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