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Dr Kellie Toohey

About Dr Kellie Toohey

Over the last two decades Kellie Toohey has dedicated much of her professional life to improving the lives of others through exercise. Kellie’s experience with exercise oncology began in early 2000’s while working in a gym when one of her clients told her that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer. At this time women with breast cancer were being told by the medical profession not to exercise and to be very careful, and this case was no different. Both Kellie and her client decided that they would continue to work together in the gym and adjust as needed, this was the best decision according to the client who came out of surgery and treatment very well.

From this moment Kellie wanted to know more and used the next 13 years to do just that, continuing to work with exercise with people diagnosed with cancer and doing research in this area. Kellie is now an Accredited Exercise Physiologist and Clinical Assistant Professor (Exercise Physiology) at the University of Canberra who has dedicated her research life to improve the quality of life of those diagnosed with Cancer. Kellie’s research thesis was dedicated to Dragon’s Abreast and below is the dedication.


This thesis is dedicated to Dragons Abreast – pioneers in improving the lives of those diagnosed with cancer through exercise, challenging medical thinking.


It takes the dedication and effort from many people to be able to complete a PhD part-time over four and a half years. Therefore, I would like to acknowledge the many people who have contributed to the growth of making this thesis a reality. Firstly, to my dear friends from Dragons Abreast ACT, the late Anna Wellings Booth OAM and Bea Brickhill, thank you for igniting the fire in my heart to want to do more for cancer survivors, this work is dedicated to you.

Kellie Toohey is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist with a PhD in Exercise Oncology and master’s degree in clinical Exercise Physiology. Clinically active as an Accredited Exercise Physiologist and researcher across many populations with a keen interest in rehabilitation, Kellie’s PhD investigated the Effects of Exercise Intensity on Health Outcomes and Cardiovascular Disease Risk in Cancer Survivors.

I am absolutely over the moon and deeply moved to be asked to be an ambassador for such an incredible organisation. I see everyday the life changing experience that exercise (including paddling) gives to people diagnosed with breast cancer. The support that DAA and its members provides for people going through this journey is incredible. I feel very blessed to have witnessed the lifelong friendships and support systems that have been created. I am excited to be spreading the word about DAA, to increase support so that more people can experience this life changing organisation.

—Kellie Toohey