Client Information and FAQs

What is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP)?

 

AEP’s are university qualified allied health professionals equipped with the knowledge, skills and competencies to design, deliver and evaluate safe and effective exercise interventions for people with acute, sub-acute or chronic medical conditions, injuries or disabilities. Pathology domains covered by the services of AEPs include cardiovascular, metabolic, neurological, musculoskeletal, cancers, kidney, respiratory / pulmonary and mental health, and any other conditions for which there is evidence that exercise can improve the client’s clinical status.

 

Exercise & Sports Science Australia is the peak professional body and sole accrediting authority for Accredited Exercise Physiologists. ESSA is also the accrediting body for Accredited Exercise Scientists, Accredited Sports Scientists and Accredited High Performance Managers.

To gain AEP accreditation with ESSA an individual must:

  • Graduate from a minimum 4 years of study in an ESSA accredited course meeting the AQF requirements for Level 7 that leads to bachelor degree qualifications.
  • Meet the professional standards for exercise science, leading to accreditation as an Accredited Exercise Scientist (AES)*, including 140 hours of practical experience for the purpose of undertaking an exercise intervention to improve health and fitness, wellbeing or performance, or focus on prevention of chronic conditions.
  • Meet the professional standards for exercise physiology, including 360 hours of practical experience with clients with clinical conditions (e.g. cardiovascular, pulmonary, metabolic, musculoskeletal, neurological)
  • AEPs are dual accredited, holding the foundational accreditation of AES in addition to their AEP status.

 

To maintain accreditation with ESSA, an AEP is required to:

  • Hold and maintain a valid first aid and CPR certificate.
  • Hold and maintain appropriate professional indemnity insurance.
  • Complete an annual continuing professional program comprising 20 points per annum.
  • Uphold the ESSA Code of Professional Conduct and Ethical Practice.

 

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What should I expect as a client?

 

At Uplift Exercise Physiology, all of our services are completely individualised to each person that we assist. To put together an individualised plan, each of our clients commences by participating in a comprehensive Initial Assessment with their Exercise Physiologist to develop a plan to assist them towards their goals. Following the initial assessment, your Exercise Physiologist will meet you as required to assist you develop your functional capacity, and knowledge to be able to self-manage your health. Usually, sessions in the early weeks are more frequent, and then as you become more confident, our involvement tapers.

 

Where do I meet my Exercise Physiologist?

 

Conveniently, we are a completely mobile service so Initial Assessments can be completed at your home, a local gym, a local pool, your workplace (employer willing), or a public place. Follow up consultations can be completed at similar locations, provided they are appropriate based on your goals and requirements. Telehealth consultations are also available and can be completed in the comfort of your own home, or at your workplace.

 

What are your service level timeframes?

 

Our Exercise Physiologists endeavour to complete initial assessments within 3 days of a referral and provide a report to relevant stakeholders within 5 days of a referral i.e. GP/Specialist/Physio/Insurer/Rehabilitation Consultant etc.

 

How soon after an injury should I see an Exercise Physiologist?

 

The sooner the better! Once you have received a diagnosis from your treating medical professional we are able to help. In acute cases, exercise is usually gentle to accommodate any healing that is taking place, with education playing a prominent role. As your programme continues we will provide you with guidance on the best ways to safely and gradually increase your activity levels to progress you towards your goals.

 

Pricing

 

We are proud to be 100% transparent with the pricing of our high quality, mobile and Telehealth services. We endeavour to provide comparable prices across the schemes that we assist.

 

Workers Compensation Treatment: In line with the fees listed in the WORKERS COMPENSATION (ACCREDITED EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY FEES) ORDER 2020 i.e. $172.92 (Inc. GST) per hour + travel as required.

 

NDIS Exercise Physiology: In line with Exercise Physiology fees listed in the most current NDIS Support Catalogue at the time of consultation i.e. $166.99 (Inc. GST) per hour + travel as required.

 

Life Insurance Work Conditioning: $170.00 (Inc. GST) per hour + travel as required.

 

Aged Care Services: $170.00 (Inc. GST) per hour + travel as required.

 

Medicare: $53.80 bulk billed to Medicare, and completed via Telehealth only, up until 30 September 2020 when Medicare will review fees. Minimum 20 minute consultation. 

 

DVA: Minimum 20 minute consultation. As per Exercise Physiologists Schedule of Fees, as published by DVA. Note: DVA health cards (gold and white) are accepted as payment upon a GP referral.

 

Please note – Medicare/Private and DVA services are provided via Telehealth only as a result of COVID-19. Telehealth is preferable across all other services, though face-to-face services may be provided across Newcastle, Hunter, Central Coast, Port Stephens, and Sydney Regions where absolutely necessary, until COVID-19 risks recede. Unless otherwise discussed, travel is charged from Newcastle, 2300 and varies depending on distance traveled. Client access to pools/gyms are not covered as part of the above fees and may be an additional expense.

 

For any further questions regarding pricing or general questions, please contact us now.

Resources for Clients

 

Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA)

www.essa.org.au

 

Exercise Right

www.exerciseright.com.au

 

State Insurance Regulatory Authority (SIRA) NSW
https://www.sira.nsw.gov.au/

 

National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
https://www.ndis.gov.au/

 

Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA)
https://www.dva.gov.au/health-and-treatment/injury-or-health-treatments/health-services/exercise-physiology-services

 

Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) – Health Benefits of Good Work
https://www.racp.edu.au/advocacy/division-faculty-and-chapter-priorities/faculty-of-occupational-environmental-medicine/health-benefits-of-good-work