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Nicole finished her PhD and joined the academic staff at the University of Canberra as a Clinical Assistant Professor (Physiotherapy) in 2014. Since graduating in 1997 from the University of Sydney, Nicole has worked as a physiotherapist in a number of different hospital settings in Australia and the UK such as acute and rehabilitation, public and private, urban and rural, as well as in primary health care. Her background is mainly in rehabilitation, with a more recent focus on cardiac rehabilitation, although she has worked in a number of different rehabilitation areas including pulmonary, amputee, orthopaedic and neurological. Nicole continues to work clinically in an acute hospital setting.
Dr Freene has a strong interest in the primary and secondary prevention of chronic disease and increasing the populations' physical activity levels, particularly in middle-aged adults. This was the focus of her PhD titled 'Physical Activity At Home: Long-term effectiveness of a community group exercise versus physiotherapist-led home-based physical activity program in middle-aged adults'. She is a founding member of the National Physiotherapy for Physical Activity group and a committee member of the Australian Cardiovascular Health and Rehabilitation Association of NSW/ACT Professional Development Committee. Nicole supervises both Honours and PhD students. Her current research focuses on increasing physical activity levels and decreasing sedentary behaviour in adults, both in healthy and cardiac populations.
PhD, University of Canberra
Award Date: 29 Aug 2014
Bachelor, University of Sydney
Award Date: 1 Mar 1997
Bachelor, Monash University
Award Date: 1 Mar 1992
Environmental and social determinants of health in the Australian Capital Territory: program interventions aimed at reducing the burden of disease and avoidable hospital admissions.
5/04/19 → 30/04/23
1/10/18 → 31/10/19
Freene, N., Gibson, D. & Semple, S., 2 Feb 2021, In: European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing. p. 1-8 8 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Review article › peer-reviewOpen Access
A Behavioral Change Smartphone App and Program (ToDo-CR) to Decrease Sedentary Behavior in Cardiac Rehabilitation Participants: Prospective Feasibility Cohort StudyFreene, N., van Berlo, S., McManus, M., Mair, T. & Davey, R., 3 Nov 2020, In: JMIR formative research. 4, 11, p. 1-15 15 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile1 Citation (Scopus)23 Downloads (Pure)
A smartphone app for sedentary behaviour change in cardiac rehabilitation and the effect on hospital admissions: the ToDo-CR randomised controlled trial study protocolPatterson, K., Davey, R., Keegan, R., Niyonsenga, T., Mohanty, I., van Berlo, S. & Freene, N., 15 Dec 2020, In: BMJ Open. 10, 12, p. 1-13 13 p., e040479.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile1 Downloads (Pure)
Can physical activity measurement alone improve objectively-measured physical activity in primary care? A systematic review and meta-analysisFreene, N., Davey, R., Sathiyakumar, R. & McPhail, S. M., Dec 2020, In: Preventive Medicine Reports. 20, p. 1-14 14 p., 101230.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Review article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile3 Downloads (Pure)
Comparison of device-based physical activity and sedentary behaviour following percutaneous coronary intervention in a cohort from Sweden and Australia: A harmonised, exploratory studyFreene, N., Borg, S., McManus, M., Mair, T., Tan, R., Davey, R., Öberg, B. & Bäck, M., 9 May 2020, In: BMC Sports Science, Medicine and Rehabilitation. 12, 1, p. 1-8 8 p., 17.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile6 Downloads (Pure)