Frequently Asked Questions
What is an Exercise Physiologist?
Exercise Physiologists are university qualified allied health professionals. We specialise in the prevention, treatment and management of injuries and/or chronic disease through exercise prescription. The aim of Exercise Physiology interventions are to restore one’s optimal physical function, health and wellness. These interventions are evidence-based and include health and physical activity education, advice and support, and lifestyle modification with a strong focus on achieving behavioural change. In addition, we can also assist athletes with sporting performance, strength and conditioning, as well as injury prevention techniques.
Can I claim on my insurance?
Get referred by your GP to receive up to 5 Medicare rebated sessions.
What is the difference between an Accredited Exercise Physiologist and Personal Trainer?
Accredited Exercise Physiologists (AEPs) are allied-health professionals with Medicare Provider numbers and are trained members of the health and medical sector. They have completed a 4 Year University Degree and are accredited with Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA). Exercise Physiologists specialise in graded exercise therapy and lifestyle interventions for persons at risk of developing, or with existing chronic and complex medical conditions and injuries.
Personal Trainers are members of the sport and recreation sector. They are required to complete a certificate III & IV in Fitness, which enables them to work with general healthy populations. Personal Trainers are qualified and insured to design and deliver fitness programs to persons of low risk and provide ongoing motivation and support to assist with reaching fitness goals.
What is the difference between an Accredited Exercise Physiologist and Physiotherapist?
Exercise physiology and physiotherapy are both recognised allied health professions. Exercise physiologists primarily treat patients using clinical exercise interventions as their main modality. There is also a strong focus on behavioural change and self-management concepts. Physiotherapists are health care professionals who assess, diagnose, treat and manage acute injury, disability and pain through physical techniques such as manipulation, massage and exercise.
What can I expect from a consultation with an Exercise Physiologist?
In general, your consultation will include the following:
• An initial assessment to understand your current health, capabilities and physical status
• Assessment of your exercise history
• An explanation of how exercise can assist with treating or improving conditions/quality of life
• An opportunity to determine and discuss goals relating to health and exercise, with strategies to achieve these goals
• Development of an individualised exercise program, home or clinic based, in a group or individual setting
• Discussion and instructions on how to complete the prescribed program, instructions on correct techniques, intensity and frequency of the exercises in your program
• A detailed written report back to your referring GP, specialist or other health practitioner
• Discussion of your goals, regular monitoring in the clinic or periodic reviews and program upgrades
Will you be in contact with my Doctor or other Health Professional?
If there is necessary information that is required to be passed on between health professionals working towards your treatment, then with your permission we will be in contact to discuss the best treatment pathway for you. If referred by your doctor, we will provide a written report detailing the findings of your initial assessment and treatment plan.
Do I need a referral?
Anyone is welcome to make an appointment with one of our Exercise Physiologists. All patients under Medicare, DVA, Workers Compensation and CTP claims will need a referral prior to attending an initial consultation to receive a rebate. Rebates are available through private health insurance, no referral is needed for this.
Can you help me if I have several health conditions?
Yes, as Exercise Physiologists we are extensively trained to help people with a wide range of complex and chronic conditions and co-morbidities. We can work in conjunction with your other health practitioners to ensure the optimal treatment is provided.
Who is going to have access to my clinical file?
With your permission, we can provide clinical notes from your file to other health professionals outside of our clinic to provide them with necessary information for your treatment. If we feel there is an immediate concern to your health and safety, then we may pass on information from your file to your doctor.
EmPower Exercise Physiology
At EmPower Exercise Physiology we provide professional comprehensive and wellbeing services.
Our Accredited Exercise Physiologists use evidence-based practice to prevent, manage and treat a range of chronic health conditions and injuries.