What is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist?
Accredited Exercise Physiologists (AEP’s) are university qualified health professionals that have the skills, knowledge and competencies to evaluate each individual person to help design and deliver safe and effective exercise interventions for acute, sub-acute and chronic medical conditions, injuries and/or disabilities. Along with their university qualification, each AEP needs to complete minimum hours of continual professional development each year to maintain their registration through Exercise & Sports Science Australia.
There are many benefits of seeing an AEP, for some people it is to help improve general health and wellbeing through exercise prescription and education. For others it is through referral from their general practitioner or specialist after a diagnosis of many common chronic conditions such as:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Neurological disease
- Respiratory/pulmonary disease
- Metabolic conditions such as diabetes
- Kidney disease
- Mental health conditions such as depression
- Musculoskeletal conditions such as pain from injury and arthritis
Exercise interventions are evidence based and are implemented to help improve people’s clinical health status.
Other areas that AEP’s can help with are:
- Assessments of functional capacity
- Education and advice on lifestyle modification
- General strength, fitness and conditioning
- Before and after surgical intervention
What to expect in your consult?
Your initial consultation will involve a comprehensive assessment where we ascertain your relevant past history, including previous injuries and medical history, followed by a physical exam to determine not only the diagnosis but also find the root cause of your problem. This will be discussed with you and a treatment plan will be formulated to accommodate your needs.
The treatment itself will vary from individual to individual, but will often include a combination of hands on therapies, dry needling, taping, advice, exercise prescription as well as other options.
Osteopaths are covered by most Private Health insurance schemes. To be sure you are covered please consult your insurance policy. We have HICAPs facilities available for those with Private Health so you can automatically claim your treatment and only have to pay the gap.
No referral is necessary to come to our clinic.
Osteopaths like to be thorough and hence our consults tend to take half an hour on average.
It is advised that you arrive between 5 and 10 minutes prior to your initial consult as you are required to fill out a new patient and informed consent forms before treatment can commence.