Healthy Living after Cancer

Personalised diet and exercise program

Getting back to a healthy lifestyle after cancer is one of the most important things you can do for your health. Our Healthy Living after Cancer program offers free health coaching over the phone, with experienced cancer nurses. The program can help you get active, eat better and feel better, so that you can do more of the things that are important to you.

How it works 

The program is available to people over 18 who have completed cancer treatment. You'll receive up to 12 health coaching calls over a period of six months from a Cancer Council nurse.

The nurse will work with you to make healthy lifestyle changes by setting goals for physical activity and healthy eating. He or she will help you reach these goals by giving you support, helpful tips and motivation.

Part of the program involves completing a survey over the phone at the beginning of the program, and again at the end. In the survey you'll be asked about physical activity and diet, and about your overall health. You'll receive feedback in the post or via email following each of these surveys, so you can monitor your progress.

"One thing I especially loved about the program was how easy it was to participate, even though I live outside the city. It's all done over the phone and you only need the workbook. I feel like a new woman and highly recommend the program as a gentle, non-intrusive way to start looking after yourself." - Linnet, Healthy Living after Cancer participant.
Read the full story about how our Healthy Living after Cancer program changed Linnet's life after cancer. 

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Please note eligibility criteria apply. Healthy Living after Cancer is a NHMRC Partnership Project between the Vic, NSW, SA and WA Cancer Councils and the Cancer Prevention Research Centre, School of Public Health, University of Queensland, in collaboration with a team of Australian and international investigators.

Further information and support

You can find lots of information about maintaining a healthy lifestyle after cancer on our staying healthy after treatment page. You may also be interested in downloading or ordering a hard copy of our Living Well After Cancer booklet. This publication covers topics like treatment side effects and understanding emotions, as well as nutrition and exercise.

Our team of cancer nurses is available to answer questions or provide guidance about developing and maintaining healthy habits after treatment. You can contact them between 9am - 5pm, Monday to Friday on 13 11 20 or email

Updated: 19 Oct, 2016