What is an Exercise Physiologist?
Accredited Exercise Physiologists (AEPs) hold a four year university degree and are recognised by Medicare as allied health professionals who specialise in the delivery of exercise therapy for the prevention, management and treatment of multiple chronic conditions, injuries and disabilities. Our Exercise Physiologists have the knowledge and skills to provide support for patients with various chronic conditions including cardiovascular disease (heart disease), hypertension, diabetes, obesity, osteoporosis, mental health problems, arthritis, pulmonary disease and reduce mobility or falls prevention.
You might see an Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) to assist you:
- Prevent pre-diabetes (insulin resistance) from progressing to full diabetes
- Help in managing your diabetes and glucose levels
- Require help in losing weight – support network
- Overcome chronic (persisting) pain caused by injury or repetition (overuse)
- Improve your post cancer recovery and quality of life (QOL)
- Rehabilitation following a cardiac event
- Training for a sporting event and need an exercise plan to guide you to achieving your goal
AEP services include:
- Initial assessment to determine health status and exercise/physical activity history
- Explain how exercise therapy will help to treat or improve your condition and improve your quality of life
- Discussing your exercise and health goals and strategies to achieve these goals
- Completing a physical assessment to determine your current physical abilities to enable a program to be designed
- Development of an exercise program, clinical or home based, individual or group
- Instruction on how to complete the exercise program, including discussion on the role of the exercise and how to achieve good technique
- Written reports back to your doctor, practice nurse or specialist, detailing your exercise plan and progress
- Ongoing assessment to track your progress and identify changes to your program that needs to occur.
Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) vs. Personal Trainer (PT)
Accredited Exercise Physiologists are not Personal Trainers. AEPs are allied health professionals with a Medicare Provider number and are trained members of the health and medical sector. Our AEPs are all members of Exercise Sports Science Australia whilst Personal Trainers are generally members of Fitness Australia.
Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP)
- Allied Health Provider
- Patients may be eligible for Medicare rebate or health fund rebate
- Required to complete compulsory courses each year to maintain up to date industry skills and knowledge
- 4 Year University Degree qualified and accredited with ESSA
- Specialisein graded exercise therapy and lifestyle interventions for persons at risk of developing, or with existing chronic and complex medical conditions and injuries
- The Personal Fitness Trainer Qualification (Certificate 4) may be completed in less than 6 weeks of training
- Qualified and insured to design and deliver fitness programs to persons of low risk only (apparently healthy populations)
- Required to complete continued education credits every 2 years
Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP)
AEPs work in conjunction with 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:
- Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA)
- Medicare (Enhanced Primary Care Plan)
- Compulsory Third Party Claims (CTP)
- TAC & Health Insurance Rebates
If you are uncertain about what treatment modality is going to best assist you in your recovery, please feel free to contact us at Back to Basics Health and Exercise Parramatta to speak to one of our Exercise Physiologists who will advise you on the most appropriate treatment.