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What is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist?

Accredited Exercise Physiologists  (AEPs) hold a university degree and a masters qualification that specialises in clinical exercise interventions for persons at high risk of developing, or with existing chronic and complex medical conditions and injuries. AEPs provide support for clients with conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, mental health problems, cancer, arthritis, pulmonary disease and more. AEPs are eligible to register with Medicare Australia, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, TAC, WorkSafe, and WorkCover and are recognised by most private health insurers.

These interventions are provided by exercise delivery including health and physical activity education, advice and support; and lifestyle modification with a strong focus on achieving behavioural change.

AEPs are recognised allied health professionals and are specialists in their field, displaying a diverse range of knowledge and skills, working across a variety of areas in health, exercise, and sport.

Exercise Physiology at Unified Fitness

Here at Unified Fitness, we believe in proactive health management. We prefer where possible to prevent the many injuries, ailments, and afflictions that many of us face in modern times before we find ourselves in the chronic stage.  Prolonged bouts of sitting at a desk, too much couch time, a car accident or a sporting injury can all lead to ongoing issues….

At Unified we feel the most constructive approach is to have an expert design and oversee a specific and individualised program earmarked for getting you moving effectively and efficiently.…

Regardless of your profile of needs, our EP’s have the capacity and educational platform to aid you towards improving your quality of life by assisting you to realise and reach your optimal physical function. An EP can provide you with exercise options and solutions to cater for improvements in any and every area your general and overall health; some of which include increased mobility, flexibility, bone density, cardiovascular capacity, weight loss/management, muscular endurance, and strength.

Exercise Physiology Session Types

Initial Assessment

1st session with AEP, where they review the client’s history & current presentation. This involves appropriately assessing the client subjectively & objectively. Subjective assessment may include questions on exercise history, lifestyle, pre-injury/ post injury or condition abilities (if relevant). Objective assessment may include a range of motion testing, muscular strength and endurance, exercise screening and cardiovascular testing. Taking these into consideration and via the method of goal setting, the AEP prepares an appropriate and client specific treatment plan that match their needs.

Standard Consultation

This session involves the delivery of the treatment/service with an ongoing review of the client’s specific treatment plan and goals.

Chronic Disease Management (CDM):

Progressive functionality, optimal well-being

Participants in these group sessions are programmed, progressed and managed individually to cater to the specific needs of each client in the group. Each client’s program will be challenging, designed to increase their functional capacity and help them to return to full functioning and optimal well-being. The prerequisite of 5 individual sessions is required before commencing in these group sessions.Group sessions with program objectives/management

FEE SCHEDULE, REBATES, AND REFERRAL PATHWAYS

ORGANISATIONREFERRAL PATHWAY OR ELIGIBILITY CRITERIAREBATE ENTITLEMENTUNIFIED FEE SCHEDULE | OUT OF POCKET MARGIN
MedicareEP Rebates with Private Health InsurersMEDICARE Initial allowance = ×5 sessions partially rebateableInitial Assessment Fee: $115
Out of Pocket: $62.05
** Note – Once annual Medicare Safety benefit is reached, excess funds are releasedStandard Consultation Fee: $82.95
Out of Pocket: $30
Private Health InsuranceClients/patients with private health cover DO NOT require a referral. Please see the list of health funds that offer benefits/rebate for EP services.Depends on health fund and level of cover; please contact your health insurance provider for further info.Initial Assessment $115
Standard Consultation $82.95

Group Consultation
$35 PAYG
$300 upfront for 10 pack
EP Rebates with Private Health InsurersNOTE: Please refer to health fund for out of pocket costs

WHAT MAKES ACCREDITED EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGISTS DIFFERENT TO OTHER EXERCISE PROFESSIONALS?

The differences are:

  • They are university qualified
  • They undertake strict accreditation requirements
  • They are eligible to register with Medicare Australia, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, WorkCover and are recognised by most private health insurers
  • They can treat and work with all people. From those who want to improve their health and well being, or at risk of developing, a chronic illness

Accredited Exercise Physiologists are different by the possession of extensive knowledge, skills, experience in clinical exercise delivery and their ability to provide health modification counselling for people with a chronic disease or injury.

WHY SHOULD YOU SEE AN ACCREDITED EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGIST?

Accredited Exercise Physiologists are the experts in prescribing the right exercise to help you prevent/manage your chronic disease, help you maintain a healthy lifestyle.

ACCREDITED EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGISTS CAN  HELP TREAT AND OR/MANAGE:

  • Diabetes and Pre-Diabetes
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Obesity
  • Different forms of cancer
  • Depression and mental health conditions
  • Arthritis and osteoporosis
  • Chronic respiratory disease and asthma
  • Musculoskeletal injuries
  • Neuromuscular disease
  • And many, many more…

EP SERVICE DESCRIPTIONS

Service
Type
Session
Length
DescriptionCost
Exercise Physiology
Assessment
1 HourThis involves taking a detailed medical history, including any previous/current conditions, injuries or concerns. The EP will assist you with setting goals and will help to identify any barriers to exercise that may arise for you along your exercise journey.

Using a battery of assessment tools specific to your presentations/goals. These outcome measures will indicate your capabilities in specific areas of fitness such as cardiovascular fitness, strength and flexibility etc.

The EP will use the above information to prescribe your exercise program, this will be closely monitored and assessed as you progress. “Home exercises” may be supplied. They may also contact any other practitioners you may be attending.
$115
Exercise Physiology
Standard Consult/
Exercise Physiology
Short Consult
45mins/
30mins
Private 1:1 session. You will experience clinical exercise interventions based on the findings from your Exercise Physiology Assessment. The sessions are targeted to individuals needs and goals catering for people with or without injuries/conditions.

You obtain maximum supervision and guidance from the EP.
$95/
$80
Exercise Physiology
Group
60minsWith a maximum of 6 clients per session. The EP will take you through your own specific exercise program in a group setting. Each individual will be doing different exercises depending on their own specific goals and needs. The group is particularly appealing to those that would like to exercise in a social environment. Plenty of fun to be had!$35 per session/
10 pack $300
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