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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.

Education/Academic qualification


Bachelor, University of Sydney

Bachelor, Monash University

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Projects 2018 2023

Research Output 2011 2019

Cardiac Rehabilitation: Are People With Stroke or Transient Ischaemic Attack Being Included? A Cross-Sectional Survey

Howes, T., Mahenderan, N. & Freene, N., 17 Apr 2019, In : Asia Pacific Heart Journal. p. 1-8 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Transient Ischemic Attack
Cross-Sectional Studies
Secondary Prevention
Cardiac Rehabilitation
1 Downloads (Pure)
Open Access
Primary Health Care
Control Groups
Peer Review
Open Access
Physical Therapists
Randomized Controlled Trials
Independent Living
Waist Circumference
1 Citation (Scopus)
Waist-Hip Ratio
Cardiac Rehabilitation
5 Citations (Scopus)

Physiotherapists use a small number of behaviour change techniques when promoting physical activity: A systematic review comparing experimental and observational studies

Kunstler, B. E., Cook, J. L., Freene, N., Finch, C. F., Kemp, J. L., O'Halloran, P. D. & Gaida, J. E., 1 Jun 2018, In : Australian Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport. 21, 6, p. 609-615 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Physical Therapists
Observational Studies
Private Practice
Social Support