What is an Exercise Physiologist?

An Exercise Physiologist is a university trained allied health professional recognised by Medicare Australia, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA), WorkCover, Enhanced Primary Care (EPC) program and most private health insurers.  An accredited exercise physiologist is equipped with the knowledge and skills to design, deliver, and review safe and effective exercise for people living with acute, sub-acute or chronic medical conditions, injuries, and disabilities. Via lifestyle and behavioural modification support and dietary recommendations, an exercise physiologist treats clients with conditions for which there is evidence that exercise can improve their clinical health status.

Accredited Exercise Physiologists (AEPs) Dual Accreditation

Exercise Physiologists hold foundational Accredited Exercise Scientists (AES) certification alongside their AEP status. What does this mean? An Exercise Physiologist is equipped to educate, develop, and implement exercise interventions that improve health, fitness, and performance of the weekend warrior, to the elite. They are also qualified to deliver safe and effective exercise intervention to manage or improve the clinical status of those living with complex chronic conditions.

Accredited Exercise Physiologists (AEP) pathology domains include;

  • Cardiovascular (i.e. coronary artery disease, hypertension, cardiac arrest, etc.),
  • Metabolic (i.e. pre-diabetes, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, etc.),
  • Neurological (i.e. Parkinson’s Disease, spinal cord injury, stroke, etc.),
  • Musculoskeletal (i.e. lower back pain, arthritis, osteoporosis, etc.),
  • Cancers,
  • Kidney disease,
  • Respiratory/Pulmonary (i.e. asthma, COPD, etc.),
  • Mental Health (i.e. depression, Alzheimer’s, anxiety, etc.).

Accredited Exercise Scientist (AES) movement and exercise interventions;

  • Strength and conditioning,
  • Metabolic testing,
  • Functional movement screening,
  • Periodization programming,
  • Exercise and movements programs, education, and evaluation.

Why an Exercise Physiologist in POGO Physio?

It is no secret that the human body is no simple vessel – in fact we are a rather complicated species! Therefore, when illness, injury or a dis-ease in the body occurs, and change is required, it often calls for a multidimensional approach to restore the body or achieve greatest health potential. The introduction of Exercise Physiology services into POGO Physio provides our clients with an integrated approach to treatment. Alongside POGO’s expert team, Exercise Physiology services provides personalised lifestyle and behavioural modification support, nutritional recommendations, and exercise programming to empower clients and assist them to manage their health independently.

Together, everyone achieves more. Collaboration within the multi-disciplinary team at POGO means we can offer the most valuable treatment and care. As Aristotle said, “The Whole is Greater than the Sum of its Parts”.

Do I need a referral from my GP to see an Exercise Physiologist?

No, you can see our Exercise Physiologist directly without a GP referral.

Is Exercise Physiology covered by Private Health?

Exercise Physiology services are recognised by most Private Health insurers. We recommend calling your Private Health provider directly to confirm and determine your health fund rebate.

Exercise Physiology and DVA, EPC and WorkCover Programs?

Exercise Physiology services are recognised by Medicare Australia, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA), WorkCover and Enhanced Primary Care (EPC) program. Discuss with your GP to obtain a referral before proceeding.

Sound like something you could benefit from…?

Ashlie Rainbow is our Accredited Clinical Exercise Physiologist, available by appointment and eager to provide you with the treatment, resources, and tools to achieve your best quality of life. Ash has enduring experience in the health and fitness industry with a genuine enthusiasm to see each and every one realise the value of exercise in their lives.

Call our friendly admin team on 07 5572 0133 with any questions or queries and to book for an appointment.