What is an Exercise Physiologist?

Accredited Exercise Physiologists (AEPs) are 4-year university qualified allied health professionals who specialise in the delivery of exercise, lifestyle and behavioural modification programs for the prevention and management of chronic diseases and injuries. AEPs provide physical activity and behaviour change support for clients with conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, depression, cancer, arthritis, COPD and many more.

What’s the difference between an AEP and Personal Trainer?

Exercise Physiologists undertake extensive training at university including 500 + supervised placement hours. They specialise in graded exercise therapy and lifestyle interventions for people at risk of developing, or with, existing chronic conditions and complex medical conditions and injuries.

Personal Trainers tend to only specialise delivery of fitness programs for apparently healthy populations.

What to expect

Exercise physiologists are knowledgeable about the effects that exercise has on the musculoskeletal system, as well as on the cardiovascular and endocrine systems. They can prescribe a course of exercises for either fitness or rehabilitation.

They can also advise on behavioural modification programs as well as encourage patients to develop new and healthy habits to help them manage their medical condition in the best way possible.

Exercise Physiology services are claimable on private health insurance as well as Medicare, DVA, TAC and Workcover.


Eltham Physiotherapy and Sports Injuries Exercise Physiology Programs


Diabetes Wellness

“A lifestyle intervention program for those with type 2 diabetes”

This program is a holistic lifestyle program designed to help you take control of your diabetes. It consists of both a lifestyle education component and an exercise component, which takes place in our fully equipped rehab gym. These sessions are fully supervised and cater for all fitness levels and abilities. With a referral from your doctor this program can be partially subsidized by Medicare or you can choose to pay privately.


Group Exercise Classes

These classes are based around a circuit type format and each session is a little different! They incorporate strength, balance and cardiovascular type exercises.

Each session is 45 minutes in duration, fully supervised and caters for all fitness levels and abilities.


Falls and Balance Classes

Similar to the group exercise classes, however the focus is on specific balance exercises. These classes run for 30 minutes in duration and are limited to a maximum of 5 people.


For more information on any of these programs please feel free to contact the clinic.



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