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


Available services

  • Healthy diabetics education and exercise program
  • Lungs in Action
  • Falls prevention programs
  • Over 50's exercise classes
  • Screening, assessing and applying clinical reasoning
  • Assessing movement capacity
  • Development of safe, effective individualised exercise interventions
  • Provision of health education
  • Provision of exercise-based rehabilitation


  • Initial one-on-one assessment and goal setting.
  • 8 x one-hour group sessions including gym based exercises and education.

Suitable for all fitness levels.

Initial assessment and first eight sessions (per year) bulk billed direct to Medicare, additional sessions available and claimable on private health funds.

To check eligibility, speak to your doctor about accessing a Type 2 Diabetes Group Services referral (item number 81199 to 81125).

Flex Out Physiotherapy hosts the Lung Foundation Australia’s ‘Lungs in Action’ Program. It’s a community based maintenance exercise program for people with stable chronic lung conditions who have completed a pulmonary rehabilitation. It is also suitable for people with stable NYHA class II & III heart failure who have completed heart failure rehabilitation.

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Flex Out Physiotherapy designs effective exercise programs to improve strength, balance and functional mobility, in accordance with current falls prevention and treatment guidelines. Options are available for both one-on-one and group sessions depending on your specific requirements.

Over 50’s specific gym-based exercise program incorporating circuit style exercise class and eduction series.

To ensure the safety and appropriateness of exercise interventions.

In people of all ages and levels of health, well-being or fitness.

For those at risk of, or with, a chronic condition, injury or complex medical condition.

Advice and support to enhance health and well-being.

With advice for patients following the acute stage of injury, surgical intervention, or during recovery to restore functional capacity and well-being.

Payment options and subsidies

  • Self-Paying:
  • Medicare Australia:
  • Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA):
  • Rehabilitation Services:

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

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.

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

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

Frequently asked questions

  • Do I need a doctor’s referral?
  • Is there a cancellation policy?
  • Are Flex Out Physiotherapy preferred providers to any private health funds?

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

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.

Yes. Flex Out Physiotherapy are a preferred provider for both Medibank and BUPA which provides members with additional discounts and maximum rebates on services.

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