Exercise is medicine
Our exercise physiologists specialise in exercise and movement for people with acute or chronic medical conditions, injuries or disabilities. They develop exercise-based interventions with the aim of managing or restoring a person’s health and function. They may also provide health and physical activity education and lifestyle modification to achieve long-term behavioural change.
When should I see an exercise physiologist?
- If you are at risk of developing a specific condition or injury that requires prevention.
- If you have been diagnosed by your GP or other allied health professional with a medical condition, disability or injury.
What conditions do we treat?
- Musculoskeletal conditions: injuries, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, pain
- Neurological/ Neuromuscular conditions: stroke, spinal cord injury, Parkinson’s disease, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, & dementia
- Cardiovascular conditions: raised blood pressure/lipids, post-surgery or cardiac event.
- Pulmonary conditions: asthma, COPD
- Metabolic conditions: overweight/obesity, Type 1 & 2 diabetes
- Mental Health
What happens in an exercise physiology consult?
Health History Screen
Our exercise physiologist will take a complete health history to screen for any underlying conditions or risk factors and determine if there are any other factors affecting your condition, pain or injury. We look at all contributors to your health including, medical conditions and injuries, medications, your work environment and home life, exercise history and commitment to movement, your nutrition and sleep habits and your goals.
We will then assess your strength, fitness and functional capacity and identify any compensations or weakness that may affect your condition or injury. These assessments can help your exercise physiologist determine the most appropriate exercise prescription and lifestyle modification strategies to implement.
Each prescription is individualised and is determined by the information from your health history, current lifestyle, assessments and your goals. Your program may include exercises to improve your strength, fitness, balance, proprioception, coordination and flexibility. Your exercise physiologist will include these exercises in a program that is most appropriate to your current level of fitness, your lifestyle and most importantly your likes.
Claiming our services
Exercise physiology services are claimable through a range of providers.
- Private patients using private health insurance – This can be with or without a referral from an allied health professional or GP
- Medicare – Using a chronic disease management plan from your GP
- Workcover & CTP
- Department of Veteran Affairs (DVA)
- Patients using services under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)