What is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP)?
An accredited Exercise Physiologist is a 4-year equivalent university qualified allied health professional, who specialises in the delivery of exercise, Rehabilitation, lifestyle and behavioural exercise interventions for the prevention, management and treatment of multiple chronic conditions, injuries and disabilities.
Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA) provides the national accreditation program for Exercise Physiologists. Accredited Exercise Physiologists (AEPs) are recognised as allied health professionals and are eligible to register with Medicare Australia, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, WorkCover and have recognition among many health funds.
What can Accredited Exercise Physiologists assist with?
AEPs provide physical activity and behaviour change support for clients with conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, depressions, cancer, arthritis, COPD and many more.
AEPs also provide rehabilitation and treatment for musculoskeletal injuries and conditions such as back pain, strains and sprains, shoulder and neck pain, bulging discs, plantar fasciitis, sciatica and many more…
AEPs work in conjunction with specialists, general practitioners, and with other allied health professionals forming a multi-disciplinary treatment approach.
Eligible patients can be referred to an AEP by their general practitioner, under a GP Management Plan and a Team Care Arrangement (MBS Item 721). Under this scheme your GP can allocate a total of five sessions to various allied health professional as they see fit.
AEPs are eligible to treat patients who are covered by:
- Medicare (GPMP)
- Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA)
- NSW WorkCover
- NSW CTP
- Health Insurance Rebates
How are Accredited Exercise Physiologists different from physiotherapists?
Accredited Exercise Physiologists and Physiotherapists are both allied health professionals, however AEPs primary focus is to use exercise to prevent, manage and treat complex medical conditions and musculoskeletal injuries. AEPs typically work with conditions such as (but not limited to): heart disease, diabetes, mental illness, delaying cognitive decline, some cancers, lower back pain, osteoporosis and osteoarthritis.
AEPs will utilise their skills in exercise prescription, combined with their training in behaviour change, to empower clients and assist them to manage their health independently. Their skills are particularly well received by clients who are looking to age well and age independently.
When to see an AEP?
Anyone can see an AEP you don’t need a referral!
If you feel you require some extra attention and specialised care, then an Accredited Exercise Physiologist will be able to provide you with safe and effective exercise and lifestyle programs or help you rehabilitate from injury or pain. You may also see an Accredited Exercise Physiologist if you have a chronic medical condition which is being managed by your GP.
A chronic medical condition is one that has been (or is likely to be) present for 6 months or longer. It includes, but is not limited to, conditions such as asthma, cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, musculoskeletal conditions and stroke.
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What to expect in an Exercise Physiologist consultation?
An Accredited Exercise Physiologist will identify your relevant medical information and specific goals to assist you in improving your health. The Accredited Exercise Physiologist will review this information and conduct an assessment to determine your functional capacities and any exercise associated risks. The Accredited Exercise Physiologist will also evaluate any nutrition, injury and lifestyle issues that need to be addressed to assist you in achieving your health objectives. Following this assessment, the Accredited Exercise Physiologist will discuss with you the range of treatment options available to achieve your specified health, fitness, and lifestyle goals.
Chronic Disease Management
- Cardiovascular disease
- Insulin Resistance
- Metabolic Syndrome
- Weight management/Obesity
- High Cholesterol
- Respiratory Disease (Asthma & COPD)
- Mental Health
- Musculoskeletal Injuries/Conditions
- Back Pain
- Decreased physical function or mobility
- Chronic Pain
- Fall Prevention
- Falls Rick Assessments (FRAT)
- Berg Balance Assessment
- Functional Gait Assessments (FGA)
Exercise Physiology services are covered by these private health organisation: