What are Exercise Physiologists?
Accredited Exercise Physiologists (AEPs) are Masters-level allied health professionals with the highest level of training for prescribing exercise to individuals. This equips AEPs with the knowledge, skills and competencies to design, deliver and evaluate safe and effective exercise interventions for people who are at risk of developing, or who have acute, sub-acute and chronic medical conditions, injuries and disabilities.
Do I have to have any injury to see an AEP?
No. AEP’s are dual accredited, holding the foundational accreditation of an Exercise Scientist in addition to their AEP status. Exercise Scientists have completed a three year bachelor degree specialising in human movement and sports physiology. This means they are very well placed to provide you with an exercise program, regardless of whether or not you are injured at the time.
Can I claim on my Private Health Insurance?
Yes – if you have extras cover for Exercise Physiology. We also have HICAPS available for on-the-spot claiming.
Can I claim for my treatment through Medicare?
If you have been referred by your GP on a Care Plan, you will be able to claim a $52.95 rebate for up to 5 sessions each calendar year. To be eligible for a Care Plan, you must have had a medical condition that has been (or is likely to be) present for six months or longer, for example, asthma, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, hypertension, arthritis, etc.
What can I expect from an initial consultation?
- A holistic assessment to determine your:
- Medical history (if any): this also includes medications you might be taking and how they could affect your exercise capacity.
- Physical capacity: this may include a movement analysis and strength testing to determine any imbalances to determine safe and effective exercise prescription.
- Psychosocial influences: this takes into account any beliefs you may already have about your health/injury, any barriers you may have towards exercise and how much support you have/need to be successful in implementing a change.
- Goals: this helps to establish what is important to you and your life, and what you want to be able to achieve from your treatment/exercise.
- Education about your injury or medical condition and WHY exercise is an important aspect of your treatment. We may also provide you with extra information or resources which may help too. If you don’t have an injury or medical condition, we will also educate you about safe and effective loading parameters, proper techniques and how you can maximise your workouts while avoiding injury and improving your health
- An individualised exercise intervention (either home or gym based…or both!) as well as friendly strategies and resources to increase your success. Sometimes, exercise isn’t the most important thing to implement in the first session (for example, we might prefer you to trial some relaxation strategies to help assist you with your sleep quality first), but we know how powerful exercise can be and our ultimate goal is to help you incorporate it into your everyday life.