Exercise Physiology

What is Exercise Physiology?

Exercise Physiologist and Sport Scientists (AEPs) are accredited allied health professionals who work in many settings including hospitals, health services, community health centres and in private practice.

Accredited Exercise Physiologists (AEP’s) complete a 4-year degree in the study of clinical exercise for people with or at risk of chronic and complex medical conditions, as well as for musculoskeletal injury and rehabilitation.

What is the difference between an Exercise Physiologist and a Personal trainer?

Lots! Aside from the level of training, exercise physiologists aim to achieve lifestyle and behavioral change.

Exercise physiologists (EP’s) are, by far, the most qualified health professionals to provide exercise for people with conditions such as diabetes and pre-diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, depression, COPD, arthritis and those with a history of poor exercise maintenance.

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What is the difference between an Exercise Physiologist and a Physiotherapist?

Lots! EP’s work with injury prevention and chronic disease management as well as lifestyle and behaviour modification. AEP’s work with all types of people including those wanting to improve health and wellbeing and those with chronic illness. AEP’s will work with you to set goals and maintain your motivation, two aspects that will see you succeed at achieving your goals.

Do I need a referral?

No. Referrals are certainly welcome, but are not necessary if claiming through your health fund.

A referral from your doctor is required when using Medicare (EPC) funding or for insurance claims (Workcover/CTP). Eligibility requirements will need to be discussed with your Doctor.

What happens during the appointment?

Your first appointment will involve a thorough case history and will require you to perform several activities to assess your current physical capabilities. From your assessment, appropriate goals will be set and a personalised program will be developed.

Following consultations will involve performing the exercises in your program with a focus on the strength and fitness goals developed after your assessment. Close supervision will ensure correct technique, and allow for modifications and exercise progression.

How long is an Exercise Physiology sesion?

  • Exercise physiology private initial session can range from 45 mins – 60 mins
  • Follow-up private sessions range from 30 mins – 45mins
  • Group sessions are 60mins

What do I wear?

Please wear comfortable clothing you can walk and move freely in, and walking shoes or runners. Please also bring a water bottle and a towel to every appointment.

What else do I need to bring?

Please bring any paperwork provided by your doctor, any reports and results from imaging (ultrasound/x-ray/CT/MRI) or from other tests (blood results).

Do you accept Workcover and insurance referrals?

Workcover NSW referrals are accepted. Some additional information will be required before the initial consultation.

What is a CDM/EPC referral?

The Chronic Disease Management (CDM) Program entitles eligible people up to 5 subsidised sessions through Medicare. If appropriate, this can be arranged through your GP. Referred participants will receive a rebate of $50.95* for each of the 5 sessions. Full payment is required at the time of consultation and you will be provided with a receipt to claim through Medicare.

This was formerly known as the Enhance Primary Care (EPC) program.

Can I use my health fund and get the EPC rebate for the same consultation?

You cannot use your health fund and EPC for the same consultation. Often people will use the rebate from the health fund for the initial consultation as they get a greater amount back, then use the EPC funding for the following appointments. Please check with your health fund before your first appointment as it can vary.

What are your payment methods?

Immediate health fund rebates through HICAPS are available. Please contact your fund if you wish to know the exact rebate amount, as this varies depending on your fund and your level of cover. We accept cash, EFTPOS, VISA and MasterCard. Payment is required at the time of consultation and no accounts will be issued.

Emergencies

If you need a doctor urgently outside of our opening hours please call Byron District Hospital on 6639 9400.

For emergencies call 000 for an ambulance.

Urgent Care Clinic

On the day appointments are available by calling the surgery from 8am onwards until slots are filled. We recommend calling early to secure an appointment.

Opening Hours

Medical Centre
Monday – Friday: 8.30 – 17.00
Saturday: 8.30 – 11.30

Allied Health
Monday – Friday: 8.30 – 17.00
Saturday: 8.30 – 11.30