Exercise Physiology

Accredited Exercise Physiologists are university qualified allied health professionals that hold a four year equivalent degree and specialise in the prescription of exercise and movement for the prevention and management of chronic disease and injuries. Accredited Exercise Physiologists treat and manage a broad range of conditions, including common health conditions that are preventable and treatable.

What Conditions can be treated by an Accredited Exercise Physiologist?

• Obesity
• Cardiovascular Disease
• Diabetes and Pre Diabetes
• Osteoporosis and Arthritis
• Mental health conditions (eg. depression)
• Cancer and cancer treatment recovery
• Chronic pain and fatigue
• Post-surgical rehabilitation (eg. ACL reconstruction, hip/knee replacement, rotator cuff repair)
• Neuromuscular exercise therapy (eg. multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, Parkinson’s disease)
• Chronic Respiratory Diseases and Asthma
• Chronic musculo-skeletal injuries (eg. Lower back pain)
• Physical restrictions or mobility issues
• Difficulty maintaining motivation and adherence to exercise routines

What are the benefits of seeing an Accredited Exercise Physiologist either individually or as a part of a group exercise session?

• Prolong and maintain your independence
• Optimise your brain health
• Improve your balance confidence
• Increase your mobility
• Get your strength back following an illness, injury or operation
• Increase your general fitness
• Improve your quality of life

What Services does an Accredited Exercise Physiologist provide?

• Initial assessment to determine health status and obtain physical activity history
• Explanation of how exercise therapy will help treat patient’s condition and improve quality of life
• Discuss patient’s exercise and health goals and strategies to achieve these
• Complete physical assessments to determine appropriate exercises and set baseline measures for reassessment
• Development of exercise program as well as instruction on how to complete exercises with correct technique
• Written reports to the referring GP, Practice Nurse or specialist detailing the patient’s exercise plan and progress
• Ongoing assessment to track patient progress and identify changes to the program that need to occur

Do I need a referral from my GP to see an Accredited Exercise Physiologist?

No, you are able to see an Accredited Exercise Physiologist privately without a referral from your GP. Rebates are available from private health insurance with 28 out of 35 health funds now offering rebates for services provided by Accredited Exercise Physiologists. For exact rebate amounts, please contact your health fund, as some policies may offer ‘bonus’ payments or other rebates, dependent on the level or duration of cover and claim limits. Exercise physiology services are now available for electronic claiming through HICAPS. HICAPS allows eligible patients of participat¬ing health funds the convenience of on the spot claims processing.

Alternatively if you do wish to seek a referral from your doctor, eligible patients can claim a maximum of five (5) allied health services per calendar year through Medicare’s Chronic Disease Management Scheme.

In addition, patients with type 2 diabetes can also access Medicare rebates for up to eight (8) allied health group services per calendar year.

If seeing an Accredited Exercise Physiologist through worker’s compensation, you must have a GP referral and lodge a claim with your employer.

For more information on what an Accredited Exercise Physiologist is and whom they can see please follow this link: http://exerciseright.com.au

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