Information for Medical Professionals
A referral from a General Practitioner is only required if sessions are to be claimed under Medicare’s Enhanced Primary Care (EPC) plan, WorkCover, DVA or equivalent. It is useful to accompany any referrals with information such as relevant medical history and a letter explaining the purpose of referral to Exercise Physiology services. This ensures an integrated approach to patient education and health outcomes.
Information for Clients
Each session with your Exercise Physiologist is personal and dependent on individual circumstances. Most sessions are between 30 – 60 minutes either performing exercises, planning exercise or lifestyle changes. So be prepared to move in each session, so wearing comfortable clothing, suitable shoes and bring along a towel and water bottle.
Initial Consultation – Usually one hour and involves obtaining a medical and lifestyle history, goal discussion, physical assessments, exercise planning, and learning new, or refining old, exercises.
Subsequent Consultation – Range from 30 – 60 minutes depending on the clients needs. The focus is eventual self-management, so education is an integral of the overall plan. Sessions may involve exercising, or discussions about, and planning of your exercise for the future.
Fees – vary depending on location, duration and requirements for each individual. Please contact us for more information regarding fee schedules. Rebates from private health or Medicare, with a relevant referral from your GP, may be applicable. Please contact your private health provider for more information about your cover in regards to Exercise Physiology.
What is Exercise Physiology?
Exercise physiology is the science of using exercise to treat the functions of living organisms through their physical, chemical and cellular processes. Research demonstrates that appropriate exercise has positive effects on the human body such as cardiovascular, endocrine, central nervous and musculoskeletal systems.
An Exercise Physiologist is a university qualified Allied Health Professional accredited with Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA). Their enhanced understanding of the physiology of the human body allows them to use exercise as a treatment modality to prevent, manage and recover from chronic conditions or to optimise sports performance.
How is an EP different from a Personal Trainer?
Exercise Physiologists are allied health professionals who educate, encourage and enhance self-management of healthy lifestyles and medical conditions through exercise. An EP treatment plan is specific to your health needs and often more intensive. Depending on your situation, you may need twice a week, one-on-one sessions. As you improve, the sessions will gradually reduce to monthly check-ups once you are ready to be more independent. At this stage, you may choose to do group sessions to enjoy the supportive environment created by like-minded people and to have a regular check-ups with your EP, when you no longer require the one-on-one attention. You are the leader of each session while the EP acts as your support team providing the expert health advice, but ultimately you make the final decision to implement recommendations.
Personal trainers are fitness professionals that don’t require tertiary education. The typical PT business model requires an ongoing commitment of two to three sessions per week where they assume responsibility for your success.