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Exercise Physiology FAQs

Frequently asked Questions

Q: What is an Exercise Physiologist?

A: An exercise physiologist (AEP) is an allied health professional, university qualified to treat and manage chronic disease, injuries and disabilities like, but not limited to hypertension, Type 1 and 2 Diabetes, arthritis, osteoporosis, Heart disease, TBI (stroke), Parkinson’s, MS and Motor neurones disease. The AEP prescribes movement, exercise, education and behaviour modification to assist the individual in the management of the condition.

Any chronic musculoskeletal injury (not acute i.e. >12weeks)

Q: How do I see an Exercises Physiologist?

An AEP can see patients without a referral. The individual can claim through their private health fund if they have Exercise Physiology cover.

Patients can also be seen under the Medicare system with a Team Care Arrangement from their GP, in which appointments are subsidised by the Medicare Scheme. This is limited to 5 appointments per calendar year and can be shared among allied health providers.

Services can also be provided for those who have NDIS funding, an injury being claimed under Workcover or Lifetime Care and persons classified under Department of Veteran Affairs.

Q:  I have booked in for surgery or just finished surgery can an Exercise Physiologist help?

Yes, exercises pre-op is just as critical as post up. The stronger and more mobile you are the better the outcome. Post op they specialise in exercise prescription and can guide you through the phases of recovery safely.