Exercise Physiology


Exercise physiology is the comprehensive delivery of treatment services concerned with the analysis, improvement, and maintenance of the physiological mechanisms underlying physical health and fitness as well as mental health and fitness. (Source: American Society of Exercise Physiologists)


Exercise physiology involves:


  • Education on the importance of regular, appropriate exercise to help prevent or manage chronic disease (eg cancer, osteoporosis and hypertension) or injury (eg chronic pain or limited mobility).
  • Individualised exercise advice and guidance to optimize physical health and wellbeing as well as mental health and wellbeing.

Consultation


Exercise physiology consultation is part of WOMEN Centre’s multidisciplinary treatment approach that aims to achieve the best possible outcome for clients who may face fitness issues and / or challenges.


A typical consultation with our exercise physiologist will last 45 minutes and include:


  • Initial assessment to determine client’s health status and exercise / physical activity history.
  • Explanation on how exercise therapy will help to treat or improve the client’s condition and improve her quality of life.
  • Discussion of client’s exercise and health goals, and strategies to achieve these goals.
  • When appropriate, developing an exercise program and instruction on how to safely and effectively complete the exercise program.
  • Written reports back to doctor, nurse, or specialist, detailing the exercise plan and progress.
  • If required, on-going assessment to track client’s progress and make changes to program if necessary.

Costs


The fee for a 45-minute consultation is $65. Costs may vary depending on the client's individual circumstances.


Patients referred by general practitioners are eligible for a Medicare’s rebate if their referrals are made under a general practitioner's Enhanced Primary Care Program. Other patients may be eligible for a private health insurance’s rebate if their policies have the necessary auxiliary cover.


Accredited Exercise Physiologist versus Personal Trainer


Accredited Exercise Physiologists are allied health professionals with Medicare Provider numbers and are trained members of the health and medical sector. Fitness professionals (eg personal trainers) are members of the sport and recreation sector.


Accredited Exercise Physiologist:


  • Is an allied health professional.
  • Has a related university degree, qualified and accredited with Exercise and Sports Science Australia.
  • Specialises in graded exercise therapy and lifestyle interventions for persons at risk of developing or with existing chronic, complex medical conditions and injuries.

(Source: Exercise and Sports Science Australia)


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