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What is an Exercise Physiologist?

Accredited Exercise Physiologists (AEP’s) are tertiary qualified health professionals with a range of knowledge and skills aiming to design and develop a plethora of individualised safe exercise interventions that effectively manage acute and chronic conditions. Exercise interventions emphasise the specific management necessary to treat the individual’s health condition and improve the patients health related quality of life. The aim of the AEP’s is to increase the patients understanding of exercise benefits and how it assists with their condition, therefore incorporating more informed decisions from the patient with theirtreatment.

What does it involve?

The first session with an AEP will be the initial consultation where they will obtain information about your past medical history, discuss what you would like to achieve from the sessions then formulate some goals.Physical assessments will also be completed which are depended upon the conditions and goals that have been discussed. The assessments results allow the AEP to identify the individuals baseline to track progress and also allows them to identify areas for improvement.  All this information issued to develop a specific exercise program for your condition/s and to help meet the goals discussed. The sessions will be monitored by an AEP to ensure intensity and technique are correct.

Do you need a referral to see an AEP?

No. Everyone is able to access AEP’s services to train with a qualified health professional that can safely develop an exercise intervention specific to the individual. However, you can get a referral to subsidise the cost of AEP appointments. This can be under medicare, DVA, NDIS, Workcover and TAC.  

How often do i need to see an Exercise Physiologist

The number of sessions with an AEP is dependent on the individual. Some clients are confident and have the skills and knowledge to continue with a home exercise program after their subsidies Medicare session. However, other enjoy the one on one sessions and choose to continue seeing the AEP’s. The frequency in which you train is also dependent on the individual andtheir condition, however the aim should be to meet the physical activity guidelines.  

How are we different to physiotherapist?

Physiotherapists are tertiary qualified health professionals that are seen usually at the acute stages of rehabilitation to assess and diagnose the injury/condition with a more hands on treatment approach. Whereas, AEPs focus on developing an exercise intervention to assist with the treatment and management of the individuals health conditions and injury. This can either be strengthening muscles/joints or improving range of motion with stretching.

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