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Exercise Physiology

Exercise Physiology

Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP’s) are allied health practitioners and health & fitness professionals. They are educators and coaches in all thing’s lifestyle and physical activity. AEP’s use exercise as medicine to help treat and manage numerous conditions. As well as obtaining training in elements such as nutrition, psychology, and anatomy; they are specialists in prescribing exercise to clinical populations. An AEP can help you with conditions such as 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.

AEP’s prescribe you the best exercises for your goals and show you how to perform it safely. They explain the best parameters to use to get the most out of your program and monitor changes to ensure effectiveness. They can also help you become aware of small changes in your lifestyle that can have a big impact on your pain or performance.

One question that gets asked a lot is; isn’t this what Personal Trainers do?

This can be answered in numerous ways and can be a touchy subject for some. Nevertheless, the easiest way that these professionals can be differentiated is through their overall study duration and regulatory bodies. An AEP must complete a minimum of 4 years of study and be under strict practice guidelines through ESSA.  Whereas some Personal Trainers can get their qualification in 6 weeks (majority online study) and have no regulatory body. If someone wants help losing weight and they don’t have any other medical conditions (such as osteoarthritis), wants to build muscle or wants to do boot camp a Personal Trainer is great.  Otherwise, individuals with injuries or medical conditions should be seen by an AEP.

What’s the difference between and AEP and a Physio?

The main difference between Physiotherapists and AEP’s is that physiotherapists use more “hands-on” treatment and AEP’s use more “hands-off” approaches. Over the years the scope of both practitioners has moulded and adapted to complement each other quite well and is why you regularly see them working together. AEP’s services are claimable under Medicare (EPC/ GPMP), Department of Veterans affairs (no gap at Physionorth), Work Cover (no gap at Physionorth) and numerous Private Health funds. Whether you want some going support for weight loss, advanced rehabilitation programming to return to sport, a program to help with falls prevention, exercises to improve your back strength, to know the best type of exercise to do after heart surgery or advice about gym exercises our AEP’s can help.

Natalie Holt is the AEP at Physionorth. Natalie offers one on one consultations, individual exercise sessions and prescription and group exercise classes. Natalie takes a holistic approach to long-term management of conditions using exercise interventions. She enjoys getting to know her clients’ needs and goals and working towards them together, making every experience individualised. If you’d like to talk to Natalie and find out more about how she can help you, please contact our friendly reception staff on 47240768 to book a FREE assessment.

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Private patients

Initial Consultation

Initial Consultation (New Patient or Current Patient not seen for more than 12 months) 1hr $165
Current Patient not seen for 6-12 months 45 min $155

Subsequent Consultation

Standard Consultation 30 min $105
Current Patient – New Injury 45 min $155


Group session (Exercise Physiologist) 45 min $30


5 follow-up exercise physiology sessions + 1 FREE – $525 – ONLY $88 per session

All prices include GST. Health Rebates are available.

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