An Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) is a university qualified allied health professional, rehabilitate injuries through exercise. Using both lifestyle and behavioural exercise interventions for the prevention, management and treatment of multiple chronic conditions, injuries and disabilities.
Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) provides the national accreditation program for Exercise Physiologists. Accredited Exercise Physiologists (AEPs) are recognised as allied health professionals and are eligible to register with Medicare Australia and have recognition among many health funds.
What can Exercise Physiologists assist with?
Exercise Physiologists provide physical activity and behaviour change support for clients with conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, depressions, cancer, arthritis, COPD and many more. They can also provide rehabilitation and treatment for musculoskeletal injuries and conditions such as: back pain, strains and sprains, shoulder and neck pain, bulging discs, plantar fasciitis, sciatica and many more.
Our Exercise Physiologists work in conjunction with medical specialists, general practitioners, as well as, other allied health professionals forming a multi-disciplinary treatment approach.
Eligible patients can be referred to an Exercise Physiologists by their general practitioner, under a GP Management Plan and a Team Care Arrangement (MBS Item 721). Under this scheme your GP can allocate a total of five sessions to various allied health professional as they see fit.
Exercise Physiologists are eligible to treat patients who are covered by:
- Medicare (GPMP)
- NSW WorkCover
- NSW CTP
- Health Insurance Rebates.
When to see an Exercise Physiologists?
Anyone can see an Exercise Physiologists you don’t need a referral!
If you feel you require some extra attention and care by a trained professional, then an Accredited Exercise Physiologist will be able to provide you with safe and effective exercise and lifestyle programs or help you rehabilitate from injury or pain. You may also see an Accredited Exercise Physiologist if you have a chronic medical condition which is being managed by your GP.
A chronic medical condition is one that has been (or is likely to be) present for six months or longer. It includes, but is not limited to, conditions such as asthma, cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, musculoskeletal conditions and stroke.
What to expect in an Exercise Physiologist consultation?
Our Accredited Exercise Physiologists will identify your relevant medical information and specific goals to assist you in improving your health. We will review this information and conduct an assessment to determine your functional capacities and any exercise associated risks.
Our Exercise Physiologists will also evaluate any nutrition, injury and lifestyle issues that need to be addressed to assist you in achieving your health objectives. Following this assessment, your Exercise Physiologists will discuss with you the range of treatment options available to achieve your specified health, fitness, and lifestyle goals.
Are Exercise Physiologists covered by Private Health Insurance?
Yes. Exercise Physiology services are covered by the majority of private health organisations in Australia.
Exercise Physiology can help with:
Our WorkCover approved Exercise Physiologists treat work related injuries and motor vehicle accidents by providing active exercise therapy to enhance your recovery time and capacity to return to work. We encourage injured workers to take an active role in their rehabilitation program by providing all the education and tools necessary to achieve self-management of injury and activities. Early return to work forms a crucial role in the recovery of our patients and reduces loss of function and long-term disability.
Hoys Allied Health + Wellness offers Work Related Activity Programs (WRAPS) for injured workers that:
- Identify functional and work capacity requirements
- Regain confidence in their ability to safely participate in work and ADLs
- Increase their physical capacity and achieve medical certificate upgrades
- Achieve safe upgrades in suitable duties plans and return to pre-injury duties.
Hoys Allied Health + Wellness currently achieves upgrades in WorkCover Certificate of Capacity certificates (WCCC) within 90% + of the injured workers that attend our functional upgrade Exercise Physiology programs. Our team will also link our reports, correspondence and management plans with any return to work plans to ensure that the functional outcomes are work related.
Whether going into or coming out of surgery, strength and movement performance is important for your recovery and rehabilitation. Using multiple soft tissue techniques together with corrective exercise, we’ll tailor a program suitable for you and your condition to help maximise your rehabilitation and get you back to your lifestyle sooner.
Hoys Allied Health + Wellness provides pre-operative and post-operative rehabilitation programs improve your range of motion, strength and pain prior to surgery. These programs provide an improved recovery process for you which means less pain, more function and a quicker return to your normal life.
Our Accredited Exercise Physiologists provide a range of pre-operative and post-operative rehabilitation programs. Just some of the conditions we treat include:
The NDIS is a new way of providing individualised support for eligible people with permanent and significant disability, their families and carers. The NDIS is the insurance that gives, you the patient and us, peace of mind. Disability could affect anyone – having the right support makes a big difference to your livelihood.
What we can help with
We understand that everyone’s needs, preferences and aspirations are different. That’s why we provide to eligible people a flexible, whole-of-life approach to the support needed to pursue their goals and aspirations and participate in daily life.
We provide information and referrals, links to services and activities, individualised plans and where necessary, support over a lifetime. Hoys Allied Health + Wellness raise community awareness around promoting greater inclusion and accessibility to mainstream services, community activities and other government initiatives.
We support NDIS service providers to build capacity and be part of the scheme. Over time, we will find new and better ways of providing support, by building on what works well and learning from the lived experience of people with disability.
More information is available at the official NDIS website.
The Medicare referral allows people with chronic disease who are being managed by their general practitioner (GP) under a Chronic Disease Management (CDM) plan to access Medicare rebates for Exercise Physiology services.
In order for you to be eligible to receive a Medicare Rebate you must be referred from your GP with the following items:
- GP Management Plan GPMP – Item 721 or 732 (review)
- Team Care Arrangements TCAs Item 723 or 732 (review)
- This program was previously known as the ‘Enhanced Primary Care (EPC)’ program
Please note, your general practitioner will determine whether you are eligible to be referred on the EPC plan. Got questions – please phone our team on 02 6652 7355.