Accredited Exercise Physiologists are university qualified allied health professionals that hold a 4-year University Degree and specialise in the prescription of exercise and movement for the prevention and management of chronic disease and injuries.
Accredited Exercise Physiologists treat and manage a broad range of conditions, including common health conditions that are preventable and treatable.
What conditions can be treated by an accredited Exercise Physiologist?
An Exercise Physiologist can be extremely beneficial for a variety of physical and mental health conditions.
- Cardiovascular disease
- Diabetes and pre-diabetes
- Osteoporosis + arthritis
- Mental health conditions (eg, depression)
- Cancer + cancer treatment recovery
- Chronic pain + fatigue
- Post-surgical rehabilitation (eg, ACL reconstruction, hip/knee replacement, rotator cuff repair)
- Chronic respiratory diseases + asthma
- Chronic musculo-skeletal injuries (eg, lower back pain)
- Physical restrictions or mobility issues
- Difficulty maintaining motivation + adherence to exercise routines
What’s the difference between an Exercise Physiologist and Personal Trainer?
Accredited Exercise Physiologists are trained members of the health and medical sector who have completed a 4-year University Degree and undertaken extensive training to treat clients with complex and chronic conditions or injuries. They also specialise in graded exercise therapy and lifestyle interventions to help you achieve better health and prevent at-risk individuals from developing injuries or conditions such as diabetes and cancer.
Personal Trainers are members of the sport and recreation sector and are required to complete The Personal Fitness Trainer Qualification (Certificate 4) that can be completed in less than 6 weeks of training. They are qualified and insured to design and deliver fitness programs to persons of low risk only (ie, apparently healthy populations).
Exercise Physiology treatment at Forte
- An initial assessment is carried out to determine your health status + obtain your physical activity history
- We explain how exercise therapy will help treat your condition + improve your quality of life
- We discuss exercise + health goals + the strategies implemented to achieve them
- We conduct a physical assessments to determine appropriate exercises + set baseline measures for reassessment
- Your exercise program as well as instruction on how to complete exercises with correct technique is delivered
- A report will be sent to your referring GP, Practice Nurse or specialist detailing the exercise plan + your progress
- Ongoing assessments will track your progress + we will identify the need for changes should they occur
Benefits of exercise physiology
Exercise Physiology can benefit your overall health and wellbeing in addition to treating health concerns and injuries.
- Prolong + maintain your independence
- Optimise your brain health
- Improve your balance confidence
- Increase your mobility
- Build strength following an illness, injury or operation
- Increase your general fitness
- Improve your quality of life
Do I need a GP referral to see an Exercise Physiologist?
No, you are able to see an Accredited Exercise Physiologist privately without a referral from your GP.
Rebates are available from private health insurance with 28 out of 35 health funds now offering rebates for services provided by Accredited Exercise Physiologists. For exact rebate amounts, please contact your health fund. Exercise physiology services are available for electronic claiming through HICAPS. HICAPS allows eligible patients of participating health funds the convenience of on the spot claims processing.
Alternatively if you do wish to seek a referral from your doctor, eligible patients can claim a maximum of five (5) allied health services per calendar year through Medicare’s Chronic Disease Management Scheme. Patients with Type 2 Diabetes can claim up to eight (8) allied health group services per calendar year.
If you’re seeking an Accredited Exercise Physiologist through worker’s compensation, you must have a GP referral and lodge a claim with your employer.
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