What is Encore?

Encore is an award-winning exercise program for women who have or have had breast cancer or preventative surgery. It comprises an 8-week prescriptive course of specifically designed land and pool-based exercises, healthy lifestyle information, relaxation, and peer support. 

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


Encore Exercises

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 are prescriptive and were developed in conjunction with health professionals. The program is overseen by an advisory board of breast cancer specific health professionals. A program review by an exercise physiologist and lymphoedema physiotherapist in 2013 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 exercises are regularly reviewed to ensure they are in line with current research.


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 environment. Women gain confidence in themselves and often develop longterm friendships that grew out of attending an Encore program.


Who is the program suitable for?

To participate in the program, women need to have a medical approval form signed by their medical practitioner (GP, oncologist or surgeon). In the event that someone has had surgery, it is recommended that they should be at least 8 weeks post breast cancer surgery, however, whether someone is able to participate will ultimately be at the discretion of their treating medical practitioner.


Refer also to the "About" page for more information.