Frequently Asked Questions

What is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist?

An Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) is a 4-year university trained allied health professional. AEPs work with clients of all ages to encourage positive lifestyle change and in turn, improve quality of life.

AEPs specialise in the provision of exercise for the prevention and management of chronic diseases, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, pulmonary disease, cancer, osteoporosis, arthritis and mental health problems. They also assist in the management of acute and chronic musculoskeletal injuries.

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What is the difference between an Exercise Physiologist and Physiotherapist?

Whilst Exercise Physiologists and Physiotherapists treat many of the same clients, we take a different approach and use different techniques. Physiotherapists will typically use treatments including massage, manipulation, ultrasound, electrotherapy and acupuncture, whilst Exercise Physiologists use exercise therapy as treatment and provide lifestyle and behaviour modification education.

Both professionals may have a role in your treatment. If you are unsure as to which professional will be able to assist you most with a particular complaint, we would be happy to guide you. Alternatively you can consult your GP.

What is the difference between an Exercise Physiologist and Personal Trainer?

Exercise Physiologists are 4-year university trained allied health professionals. We fall under the medical sector and have Medicare provider numbers. Personal trainers alternatively, are typically TAFE, private college or online trained and provide general fitness advice and programmes within the sport and recreation sector. Exercise Physiologists are specifically trained to work with high risk clients, whereas personal trainers typically work with healthy populations.

What should I bring to each session?

For all land-based sessions, please wear comfortable clothes and walking shoes. For all pool sessions, please bring swimmers and a towel. Showers and changeroom facilities are available.

When attending your initial assessment, please bring a list of your current medications, as well as any relevant imaging reports, such as x-ray, MRI or ultrasound.

If you require any medication during exercise, such as an asthma puffer, please bring this to each session and make the Exercise Physiologist aware. If you have diabetes, it is asked that you bring along a small carbohydrate snack in case you experience a ‘hypo’.

How do I pay?

Payment can be made by credit (Visa, Mastercard, AMEX) or debit card, cash or cheque. No additional fees for credit card payments apply.

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