Dr Spence is an Exercise Physiologist and Postdoctoral researcher within the Menzies Health Institute Queensland (MHIQ), Griffith University. Her cancer survivorship research has a focus on understanding the role of exercise post-cancer and translating exercise into standard cancer care. Dr Spence’s clinical work concentrates on cancer survivors with complex exercise prescription needs, for example, individuals with multiple comorbidities, bone lesions, profound physical deconditioning or advanced cancer progression.
Dr Spence is also currently the Senior Exercise Physiologist on the ECHO trial (Exercise during Chemotherapy for Ovarian cancer)
, which she provides her the perfect blend of research, teaching, and hands-on exercise prescription.
Rosa’s experience is primarily with colorectal, breast and ovarian cancer survivors, which has given her an understanding of a wide range of cancer-related barriers to exercise. She was an author on the ESSA national position stand on exercise prescription during and following cancer and the “Exercise is Medicine” Fact Sheets. Dr Spence is passionate about helping cancer survivors to optimise their outcomes through exercise and her favourite part of the job is working one-on-one with cancer survivors and helping them set and meet their exercise goals.
More information on publications by Rosa can be found here