What is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist?
Accredited Exercise Physiologists (AEPs) are university qualified experts in the field of exercise prescription for various health issues, enhancing athletic performance, returning to work or sport from an injury and/or accident or achieving overall health and fitness goals.
What do Accredited Exercise Physiologists do?
AEPs are allied health professionals, providing their expertise on exercise and lifestyle therapies for the prevention and management for chronic conditions and injuries. Exercise physiologists can provide:
- Functional strength and conditioning programs for workers who have been injured and need to return to their pre-injury duties
- Strength and conditioning programs developed alongside the Physiotherapist for clients recovering from an injury or surgery and wanting to return to sport and/or activities of daily living
- Health and fitness programs for those wanting to make a positive change to their lifestyle but not sure where to start
Is exercise physiology for me?
AEPs may assist with the management of chronic health conditions such as:
- Cardiovascular disease (heart disease)
- Chronic lower back pain
- Obesity and weight management
- Mental health
- Parkinson’s Disease
Just to name a few!
AEPs also provide assistance to an injured worker under approved WorkCover claims, needing to return to pre-injury duties. This may include:
- Providing training in safe manual handling
- Perform functional assessments relating to activities and tasks required at work
- Develop a strength and conditioning program, which your AEP will go through with you in a one-on-one designated exercise area
If you need guidance with a certain fitness goal or program, an AEP can develop an individualised exercise program to help attain your goals.
Can I access an Accredited Exercise Physiologist?
AEPs are recognised allied health professionals who are eligible to register with Medicare Australia, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) and WorkCover NSW. Private health fund rebates are available from MOST health funds. Contact your health fund to see if you can claim exercise physiology services. Eligible patients can be referred to AEPs by their GP under Medicare’s Chronic Disease Management (CDM) plan and Group Allied Health Services for Type 2 Diabetes.
All AEPs are required to fulfil the national accreditation program set out by the professional organisation Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA). ESSA was founded in 1991 as the professional organisation which governs the careers of exercise and sport science practitioners.
Visit www.essa.org.au to find out more about ESSA, services provided by ESSA and exercise physiologists.