What is an exercise physiologist?

An accredited exercise physiologist (AEP) is an allied health professional who holds a four-year university degree and specialises in the delivery of exercise for the prevention and management of chronic diseases and injuries.

They can help guide, educate and rehabilitate their clients towards better outcomes through prescribing the appropriate dose of exercise ‘as a form of medicine’. Although most interventions are exercise-based, they may also provide health and physical activity education, advice, support and lifestyle modification. AEPs are recognised allied health professionals displaying a diverse range of knowledge and skills, working across a variety of areas and target pathologies such as:

  • Musculoskeletal conditions
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Diabetes
  • Osteoporosis
  • Mental health problems
  • Cancer
  • Arthritis
  • Pulmonary disease
  • Obesity
  • Neurological Conditions

Available services

Individual services

  • Screening, assessing & applying clinical reasoning to ensure the safety & appropriateness of exercise programs.
  • Assessing movement capacity.
  • Development of safe, effective individualised exercise programs.
  • Provision of health education.
  • Provision of exercise-based rehabilitation.

Payment options and subsidies


AEPs are recognised by most private health insurers, so rebates are applicable.

Medicare Australia:

Under the Chronic Disease Management Program, Medicare rebates are available for patients with chronic and complex care needs on referral from their doctor. Additional rebates may also be applicable for those with diabetes and those identifying as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.

Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA):

Entitled DVA clients may be eligible for services under a valid D904 referral form.

Workcover / TAC / CTP:

AEPs provide functional exercise for the purpose of returning an injured worker or accident victim to suitable work activities.

Rehabilitation Services:

AEPs provide functional exercise for the purpose of returning an injured worker or accident victim to suitable work activities.

National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS):

The NDIS provides support for people with a disability, their families & carers. Visit www.ndis.gov.au for more information.

State funded programs:

Various state funded program exist. Contact your nearest clinic for more information.

Frequently asked questions

What should I expect from an initial assessment?

A comprehensive assessment in order to develop an exercise plan based on your unique requirements.

Do I need a doctor’s referral?

In Australia, exercise physiologists are first contact practitioners, so a referral is not required to attend for treatment. There are however a few exceptions (workers compensation claims, DVA, motor vehicle third party claims and Medicare claims) where you will need to see your doctor prior to attending.

Is there a cancellation policy?

At Flex Out Physiotherapy we understand people get busy and from time to time, emergencies come up and things change. If you cannot keep your appointment, please call us as soon as possible so we can reschedule your appointment. For group classes, we require a minimum of eight-hours notice prior to your appointment so we can have time to offer your appointment to someone else.

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