Q: What is an ‘Exercise Physiologist’?
A: Exercise physiologists are 4 year University trained health professionals trained in exercise intervention for rehabilitation, chronic disease management, sporting applications with a thorough understanding of both anatomical and physiological aspects of the the body, at rest, exercise and with chronic conditions. Accredited exercise physiologists specialize in clinical exercise interventions for persons at high-risk of developing, or with existing chronic and complex medical conditions and injuries. These interventions are provided by exercise delivery including health and physical activity education, advice and support; and lifestyle modification with a strong focus on achieving behavioral change. AEPs are recognized allied health professionals displaying a diverse range of knowledge and skills, working across a variety of areas in the health and exercise and sports science fields. As a specialist in this field, AEPs work in areas such as public and private hospitals, primary healthcare within private or multidisciplinary clinics, population health, workplace health, workplace rehabilitation and aged care. The aims of AEP interventions are to prevent or manage chronic disease or injury, and assist in restoring one’s optimal physical function, health or wellness.
Q: What happens in an exercise physiology consult?
A: This depends on the goals. Initial consults may be discussion and helping you achieve your goals. It may also involve some form of physical activity or discussion on physical activity and health. Each exercise program is tailored to you and is designed to improve your condition and quality of life. As you improve the exercises will match your progression.
Q: What is the purpose of the visit?
A: The aims of AEP clinical exercise programs are to prevent or manage chronic disease or injury, and assist in restoring your optimal physical function, health or wellness.
Q: Why your GP may have refer you to an AEP?
A: To improve your quality of care;
To improve self-management of your chronic condition or injury ; and
To support you to increase your physical activity levels in a safe way.
Q: What services does an AEP provide?
A: 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.
Q: How much does it cost?
A: The consultation cost for AEP services varies. Subsidies are available under Medicare Australia, The Department of Veterans’ Affairs and WorkCover. You may also able to attract private health fund rebates.
Q: How long will the consultation take?
A: The first consult may take between 30 and 60 mins. Subsequent consults will be 30 minutes.
Q: What should I wear?
A: Exercises tailored to you and your body will be a part of all AEP sessions. Wear anything that you feel comfortable in while exercising, as well as comfortable shoes