ADDS 2024 Speakers

Nicole Freene, PhD

Nicole Freene, PhD

Associate Professor

University of Canberra

Nicole Freene is an Associate Professor in Physiotherapy at the University of Canberra, Australia. She has been a practicing physiotherapist for 25 years, working in hospital settings and primary health care, and was awarded her PhD in 2014.

Nicole has a strong interest in the primary and secondary prevention of chronic disease, spending most of her career working in cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation.

She is the co-chair of the Asia-Pacific Society of Physical Activity Special Interest Group ‘Physical Activity in Healthcare’, founding member and the Cardiorespiratory Lead of the Australian Physiotherapy for Physical Activity group, and board member of the Heart Foundation Australian Capital Territory and Australian Cardiovascular Health and Rehabilitation Association New South Wales/ Australian Capital Territory.

Her research focuses on increasing physical activity levels and decreasing sedentary behaviour in adults, both in healthy and cardiac populations, and physical activity promotion by health professionals.