Usually the subject of media interviews herself, The Royal Melbourne Hospital’s Dr Catherine Granger recently found herself on the other side of the microphone as part of a two-week residency at the ABC in Sydney.
This opportunity came about after Dr Granger, Physiotherapist Research Lead at the RMH, was announced as one of the ABC’s Top 5 Scientists for 2018 for her research into the role of physical activity for people diagnosed with cancer.
For the two-week residency, Dr Granger and the other Top 5 Scientists joined ABC Radio National’s science unit, undertaking intensive media training to help them to share their work and ideas with Australia.
“We went through a number of training workshops on various topics, including how to interview people, how to produce and edit a radio piece and writing for social media and the web,” Dr Granger said.
“But it wasn’t just about the training, we actually had to deliver on a number of outcomes, which was great for learning because it meant we had to apply the theory into practice.”
The Top 5 Scientists were tasked with producing a number of media stories during the two weeks, with the major goal of producing a radio segment relevant to their area of expertise.
Dr Granger produced a 10-minute radio piece for the Health Report, ‘Exercise and cancer: Improving treatment and outcomes’.
“I produced the whole package – wrote the script, interviewed the guests, edited it – which was really challenging but amazing,” Dr Granger said.
“I never imagined I’d learn so much in two weeks.”
Dr Granger said undertaking research and teaching others about research is her passion.
“I love research because of the potential for new knowledge to impact on wider society,” Dr Granger said.
“In addition to carrying out my own research, I supervise a number of PhD students at University of Melbourne and a number of clinicians at RMH doing physiotherapy research.”
As for her current focus, Dr Granger is currently leading a randomised controlled trial looking at the role of physical activity following lung cancer surgery, involving a three month home-based exercise program for patients, with telephone support from RMH physiotherapists.
“People with lung cancer generally don’t get any exercise programs after surgery, so we are testing whether a home-based exercise program could be effective by looking at a range of patient outcomes,” Dr Granger said.
“Working with people who have cancer and seeing the benefits exercise can have for their physical and mental health – it’s really quite amazing.”
You can find out more about Dr Granger’s research by listening to her Health Report radio piece, which she produced during her ABC residency.
Pictured: The ABC’s Top 5 Scientists for 2018, including The Royal Melbourne Hospital’s Dr Catherine Granger (far right).