Nicole is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist and leading expert in the use of exercise and lifestyle interventions for the prevention and management of Diabetes. She founded Exercise for Rehabilitation & Health in 2006 to realise her dream of bringing research into the hands of the people who would benefit from it most - the community. What differentiates her practice from others, is the unique collaborative care model which utilises the strengths of both Physiotherapy and Exercise Physiology to maximise outcomes.
She is a passionate advocate for improving children's physical activity and food environments serving as a committee member on Parents Voice Australia and ambassador for Girls Uniform Agenda, a national movement winning its fight to allow girls to have the option of shorts and pants in schools.
She has previously lectured at a postgraduate level at Victoria University (Melbourne) and Southern Cross University (NSW) and served on several advisory boards.
A passionate advocate for community health, Nicole is a sought after public speaker and media commentator on health, exercise and chronic disease prevention, regularly presenting on both TV and radio. She currently collaborates with Diabetes Victoria, the National Association of Diabetes Centres and is a board member of the Primary Care Diabetes Society of Australia.
Nicole was recognised this year from Exercise and Sports Science Australia for her advocacy work and contributions to the Diabetes Community as one of three women in Australia to receive the 2020 ESSA female leaders in Exercise and Sports Science Award
Nicole heavily invests her time into the community as a presenter, writer and advisor for a number of health organisations and enjoys mentoring and developing resources to further the development of the Exercise Physiology profession working closely with Exercise and Sports Science Australia.
A career highlight for Nicole was being called upon to give evidence at a Senate Inquiry into Australia's Obesity Epidemic in August 2018.
Nicole French Exercise and Diabetes Advocate
Ensuring access to Exercise Physiology is a priority to our organisation and when we needed to find a new and better way to deliver expert health care to our community during the COVID-19 pandemic we fully committed to telehealth and the service was so well received we spoke to channel 7 about it.
Thank you to Exercise and Sports Science Australia for recognising our work in this area.
Ensuring we can best help our diabetes community stay active and well in isolation, we partnered with Diabetes Victoria to release an exercise and education series.
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Stay well and stay inspired
In a very candid interview with Diabetes Victoria, hear how our founder Nicole French shared a special experience at University with a client that inspired the start of her career in caring for people with chronic conditions, and helped to develop the very passion that gave her the courage to put everything she had on the line to launch the practice in 2006.
Also hear about our vision for Exercise Physiology for the future and the important role it plays in the care of those living with diabetes.
Nominated for her continuous dedication and constant achievements, Nicole has been recognised as key figure leading the exercise physiology industry, specifically for her contributions to the diabetes, obesity and young adults’ community.
“Women are incredible at leading with empathy, being solution focussed and embracing vulnerability rather than fighting it. To all of our future female leaders, look for the gaps, dream it then draw it, recognise that you bring value and then build the pathway to achieve the impact that you know you can.” – Nicole French.
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Ensuring that exercise research is recent and evident based before being delivered to Australian health professionals is an integral part of ensuring best care for our diabetes community.
Recently, the exercise and lifestyle section review was completed by Nicole and we wait to view the final copy.
Exercise is a powerful intervention to both prevent and manage chronic disease. For those that we are trying to help on their journey to better health, where being overweight has been flagged as something we need to consider, my top 4 tips published in Exercise Rights latest blog are: - Connect with your why - Focus on the process - Track your progress - Get the right advice.
For pharmacists, you can access the health professional’s edition in this months In The Know Magazine.
To further enhance allied health and Exercise Physiology representation on Nicole accepted a position on the Primary Care Diabetes Society of Australia board in February 2020 where she is looking to bring her passion for exercise and physical activity to the forefront of discussions and looking forward to serving alongside several esteemed colleagues.
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With 1 in 3 Victorian children now overweight or obese, we ask why is it our children that are overtaking the rest of the country for weight gain. Nicole French speaks to channel 7's Estelle Griepink
Victoria now has the most overweight children in Australia and they are getting fatter faster than children in all other states. Nicole comments on the ABC.
"Inactivity and chronic diseases like diabetes are growing problems in Australia and health professionals like Nicole are tackling the issues head on. Nicole is committed to addressing long term health outcomes across the lifespan.
As a Girls’ Uniform Agenda ambassador Nicole is a passionate believer of children being suitably dressed to be active at school and setting up healthy lifetime habits, alongside keeping our seniors active and engaged. Her advocacy and appreciation of the broader societal issues at play in regards to health, validates her strong leadership in this area and long term vision for a healthy Australia”.
Simone Cariss - Co-Founder Girls Uniform Agenda | Occupational Therapist
"Nicole is one of the most authentic, heartfelt and genuine people that you could know. Her dedication to the profession of Exercise Physiology is to be admired. Relentless dedication to helping change so many lives and improving the accessibility to health services must be admired.
Her brilliance around metabolic syndrome and diabetes sees her as one of the most respected experts in the allied health industry and is often called upon by Diabetes Victoria to be their spokesperson on the subject. It is an absolute pleasure to work with Nicole".
Jason Pilgrim - Founder, Global Kaizen Group