Debbie Cooper is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist with 10 years’ experience working in clinical settings with clients diagnosed with various chronic conditions and injuries, as well as being involved in research across the cancer and paediatric domains. Debbie has a combined interest in cardiovascular disease and cancer. She has also supervised Exercise Sports Science, Physiotherapy and Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology students undertaking their required practicum.
More than 15 years of dance helped Debbie develop a strong interest in the human body; however, it was only after her children were older that she gained the courage to attend university. Whilst completing her undergraduate degree she undertook voluntary work in an exercise rehabilitation clinic. It was during this time that it became clear how beneficial exercise was and how she could play a part in helping people with various conditions and concerns improve their quality of life and maintain their independence.
Debbie is passionate about exercise and the unending benefits of remaining as physically active as possible, particularly as we age. She feels it is a privilege working with the older population and sharing their progress, both physiologically and psychologically. These changes, often seen after only a few sessions, inspires and motivates her to continue working in this very worthwhile industry.
Whilst no longer dancing, Debbie endeavours to keep as fit as possible with F45 and gym classes. She also enjoys spending time with her husband, four children and two grandchildren.