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Extensive research to date shows a positive inverse relationship between exercise and chronic disease, thus suggesting that exercise is an integral factor in primary, secondary and tertiary treatment of chronic disease.

Exercise Physiology Consultations

Accredited exercise physiologists specialise in the delivery of exercise, lifestyle and behavioural modification programs for the prevention and management of chronic disease and injuries. EP’s provide these services for a variety of populations including:

  • Cardiopulmonary – Hypertension, coronary artery disease, peripheral vascular disease, myocardial infarction, chronic heart failure, asthma, COPD
  • Metabolic – Obesity, dyslipidaemia, impaired glucose tolerance, diabetes mellitus
  • Musculoskeletal – Arthritis (osteoarthritis, rheumatoid), osteoporosis, sub-acute and chronic specific and non-specific musculoskeletal pain / injuries
  • Neurological / Neuromuscular – Stroke, spinal cord injury, acquired brain injury, Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, autistic spectrum disorder
  • Other – Cancers, depression, chronic fatigue syndrome, bipolar and other mental illnesses

Individual services for exercise programs for the management of chronic disease and complex health conditions may be able to be performed under a Team Care Arrangement, ask your GP next time you visit.

If you are currently undergoing treatment with a Physiotherapist or Occupational therapist, our AEP’s are able to work in conjunction with your practitioner to ensure all areas of your injury/ condition are being addressed and appropriately managed.

 

What would be Exercise Physiology Sessions Involve?

Interventions prescribed by and AEP are aimed at preventing or managing chronic disease or injury. This may include a variety of components including:

  • Screening and risk stratification: this ensures the safety and suitability of a program to each individual
  • Movement assessment: walking technique or joint movements and limitations
  • Prescription of a safe and tailored exercise program to facilitate the treatment or prevention of a chronic disease or injury
  • Health Education: relating to the individuals condition and/or injury
  • Rehabilitation advice for those following surgical interventions
  • Correspondence with an individuals GP, Specialist or other Allied Health Team Members to ensure a patient focused plan

 

How is this different from a Personal Trainer?

Personal trainers are generally only qualified at a TAFE or Certificate Level. Predominately Personal Trainers are only trained to work with “healthy populations” that is those who don’t have any serious injuries, illnesses or chronic diseases. You might visit a personal trainer for a simple weight loss or fitness program.

 

Cost of Services

Consultation TypeCost
Eligible Medicare Aboriginial/Torres Strait IslandBulk Billed
Eligible Medicare GP Management Plan
Eligible DVA Patients
Eligible Medicare Diabetes Group Referral
Private Initial Consultation 60 minutes$110.00
Private Follow Up 30 minutes$75.00
Private Follow Up (Pension/Concession) 30 minutes$65.00
Follow Up Phone/Email/Skype 30 minutes$30.00