What is Encore?

The YWCA Encore program is a national program that provides exercise, support and information for women who have experienced breast cancer at any stage of their lives.

If you would like to receive YWCA Encore brochures, please email your request to encore@ywca.org.au.  


YWCA Encore Exercises

YWCA Encore provides a great stepping stone back into normal physical activity for those who were active prior to their breast cancer diagnosis, or the first step for those who were previously inactive.

Encore exercises were developed in conjunction with health professionals and the program is overseen by an advisory board of health professionals. Following a program review by an exercise physiologist and lymphoedema physiotherapist in 2013, a program update was implemented. This update saw the inclusion of more aerobic exercises for the pool (graduated to accommodate all fitness levels) and a restructure of the land exercises to increase effectiveness.

The land and water-based exercises are designed to increase the level of flexibility and range of movement, minimise the risk of lymphoedema and improve overall fitness levels.

Over an 8-week period, the exercises increase in difficulty and resistance to gradually bring about change. Participants are also given take home exercises to encourage them to continue exercising during and after the 8 weeks.


A supportive environment

Encore is more than just an exercise program. The program provides the opportunity for women to share their experiences, concerns and feelings in a safe and supportive environmen


Who is the program suitable for?

To participate in the program, women need to be at least 8 weeks post breast cancer surgery and have medical approval from their medical practitioner (GP, oncologist or surgeon) before participating. 

There is no cut-off point after breast cancer surgery. Women who are 20 years past surgery will still receive physical and mental/emotional benefits from attending an Encore program.