The ACTIVATE trial

Increasing physical activity after a diagnosis of breast cancer has been shown to improve both physical and emotional health, and overall quality of life. It can help improve body weight, muscle strength, confidence, mood, depression and anxiety. Research also indicates that regular exercise may also reduce the risk of breast cancer coming back yet many women who have had breast cancer struggle to start exercising or increase their level of activity without help. .

Cancer Council Victoria is running a trial to help women who have finished treatment for breast cancer to get active. The ACTIVATE (ACTIVity and TEchnology) trial will test whether using wearable technology activity monitors (the Garmin vivofit 2®) can increase physical activity and reduce sitting time amongst among women who have undergone treatment for breast cancer. Wearable technology activity monitors track and record a person's fitness-related metrics such as distance walked or run, calorie consumption, and in some cases heartbeat and quality of sleep.To take part in the ACTIVATE trial, you will need to:

  • Have been post-menopausal at the time of your breast cancer diagnosis;
  • Have been diagnosed with stage I-III breast cancer;
  •  Have completed your active treatment (i.e. surgery, chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy)  at least six months ago  being on hormone therapy (e.g. tamoxifen, anastrozole, letrozole or exemestane) is acceptable;
  • Currently be physically inactive (i.e. doing less than 75 minutes per week of moderate-vigorous physical activity) and spend at least six hours per day sitting.

Other eligibility criteria include being able to speak/write fluently in English and having daily access to a smart phone, mobile device or personal computer.

If you're interested in getting involved or finding out more about the ACTIVATE trial please download the participant information sheet from or contact Brigid Lynch, Principal Investigator on (03) 9514 6209 or email


  • primekprimek Broken HillMember Posts: 3,820
    Pity it's not Australia wide.
  • Cate64Cate64 Member Posts: 430
    Why are all these things inly open to stage 1-3???? Why are those of us with mbc not considered important enough for any of these things??? Stage 1-3 already ave the other Living Active After Cancer thing we are excluded from. When will it be ur turn?
  • angg66angg66 Melbourne VicMember Posts: 135
    Well said Cate64.. I too don't understand why people like us with mbc keep getting excluded from these services... 
  • wendy55wendy55 Copper Triangle South AustraliaMember Posts: 265
    Hi, just thought I would let you know I sent an email to the lady who is in charge of this, asking if i could participate, although the activate trial was only open to stages 1 thru 3 and I am stage 4, i just thought i would give it a go, as you said so aptly, we mbc girls always seem to miss out on these types of things, however i did get a lovely email mail, saying that unfortunately the trial was only open to stages 1-3 and it was in victoria and they needed the participants to attend a workshop in melbourne, she thanked me for my enthusiasm, but unfortunately I just did not fit the criteria, still I gave it a go,exercise is something i struggle with, i just dont have the motivation, so yes this would have been a great way to get me on the move again, anyway i will just keep looking and see what i can find, also the lady also mentioned that i could go to my gp and i could be entitled to 5 sessions with a exercise physiologist under my care plan, so i will look into that. We just have to keep on the lookout for anything that we may be able to access as mbc girls,I did attend the Hahndorf Conference on December 8th, for Metastatic Breast Cancer, that was organised by BCNA and it was mentioned that in 2017 Metastatic Breast Cancer is going to  be on their agenda, so we will have to watch and see what happens,hope all the lovely ladies with MBC celebrated another Christmas with their families and friends, heres to 2017 and the hope that more clinical trials will come our way and be made available to us.
    wendy b55
    ps I live in rural South Australia.
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