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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    What does an exercise physiologist do?

    I have heard they can assist with weight-loss but do they help with anything else?
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    Judy Collins

    Exercise Physiologist, Pilates Instructor

    As an Accredited Exercise Physiologist I am a tertiary qualified Allied Health Professional. With over 15 years experience I specialise in the delivery of exercise, … View Profile

    Exercise Physiologists perform assessments, prescribe appropriate exercise, supervise and monitor exercise and lifestyle programs to meet the needs of healthy individuals and those who may have a wide range of chronic diseases or musculoskeletal conditions. Accredited exercise physiologists are university qualified allied health professionals, they work as part of a inter-disciplinary team to achieve the patients health goals.

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    Judy Collins

    Exercise Physiologist, Pilates Instructor

    As an Accredited Exercise Physiologist I am a tertiary qualified Allied Health Professional. With over 15 years experience I specialise in the delivery of exercise, … View Profile

    Weight loss is definately an area that an exercise physiologist can assist, this is achieved by prescription of appropriate exercise and by promoting behavioural change.  Exercise physiologists specilalise in clinical exercise interventions for those at high risk of developing or who have an existing condition such as; Diabetes, Osteoporosis, Cardiovascular disease and arthritis etc.

  • Stuart Donaldson

    Exercise Physiologist

    Accredited Exercise Physiologist with ESSA providing services to clients in the Hervey Bay region, including entitled DVA clients (Entitled Department of Veterans' Affairs clients may … View Profile

    Good question.

    Sometimes there is much confusion as to what the difference is between a physio and an Accredited Exercise Physiologist and personal trainer.

    Check out http://www.exerciseright.com.au/ for specific details on what an AEP does.

    Essentially what Judy says is right. We do all ranges of metabolic (such as diabetes, obesity, heart disease) and musculoskeletal (injuries, back pain, joint pain such as osteoarthritis) and neurological (Parkinson's disease, stroke). The Scope of Practice is quite broard.

  • Kirsty Woods

    Exercise Physiologist

    Hi I’m Kirsty Woods,I would like to use my experience, expertise and passion to help you reach your weight, energy and health goalsI have been … View Profile

    Exercise Physiologist can specialise in various areas which are listed below in the ESSA scope of practice.

    1. Screening and risk stratifying to ensure the safety
      and appropriateness of exercise and physical activity
      interventions;
    2. Assessing a person’s ‘movement’ capacity in people of all
      ages and levels of health, well-being or fitness;
    3. Development of safe, effective individualised exercise
      interventions;
    4. Provision of health education, advice and support to
      enhance health and well-being;
    5. Provision of exercise intervention and advice for those at
      risk of developing a chronic condition or injury
    6. Provision of clinical exercise prescription, for those with
      existing chronic and complex medical conditions;
    7. Provision of rehabilitation and advice for patients following the acute stage of injury, surgical intervention, or during recovery to restore functional capacity and well-being; 

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