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Exercise Physiology has a new face at Parkside

We are excited to welcome Eoghan Rosser onboard as our Exercise Physiologist. Eoghan continues the Exercise Physiology service started by Ashleigh Hooper at Parkside 2 years ago and we’re excited to have him as part of our team. If you aren’t sure what Exercise Physiology involves, check out Eoghan’s FAQ below

Tell us what is an AEP?

An Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) is a university qualified health professional, holding a dual accreditation as an Exercise Scientist and AEP. We are equipped with the knowledge and skills to design, deliver and evaluate safe, yet effective exercise interventions for the prevention and management of chronic diseases and injuries. Exercises are tailored specifically to the individual and are designed to equip patients with the skills for the long-term maintenance of their condition.

AEP’s examine how a person moves, where their strengths/weaknesses lie and develop achievable goals to treat the person as a whole (because no one presents with just one single issue). Our treatment is a multi-modality approach which includes advice on lifestyle modification, exercise and education.

What problems can you help with?

Exercise Physiologists can help with many conditions ranging from sub-acute musculoskeletal injury to chronic illness. These include the following:

  • Cardiovascular disease and heart failure
  • Respiratory disease
  • Diabetes and weight loss
  • Neurological disease (Parkinson’s Disease and Stroke)
  • Musculoskeletal pathology (including arthritis, osteoporosis and chronic pain)
  • Autoimmune conditions (rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia)
  • Mental health
  • Cancer
  • Additionally, it is in our scope to assist in lifestyle modification and work closely in the rehabilitation of injured workers, DVA and NDIS clients.

Evidence shows that the correct form of physical activity can reduce the incidence of chronic disease by up 40%. Our goal is to help you meet your physical activity goals and regain optimum functional capacity, to ensure you sustain a high quality of life.

How does an AEP fit into the health care team?

Exercise Physiologists are an integral part of a person’s health care. We analyse past and current medical history and deliver an evidence-based exercise regime. Exercise Physiologists can work alongside your GP or Specialist to help manage and treat a range of chronic conditions such as Osteoarthritis, Diabetes, chronic pain, post-surgery recovery, metabolic diseases and cardiovascular diseases. These interventions are exercise-based and include health and physical activity education, advice and support and lifestyle modification with a strong focus on achieving behavioural change.

Exercise Physiologists are much more than your regular gym personal trainer.  Physical inactivity is recognised by WHO as one of the top 4 main risks factors for global mortality. AEPs can practice anywhere from private clinics within the community, to hospitals to reduce this statistic.

I personally believe in the power of a multidisciplinary approach to rehabilitation, and that’s why I’m lucky enough to be a part of the team here at Parkside. Working alongside a strong and dedicated team of Physio’s, our combined knowledge is vast and being able to work with each other ensures that we develop optimum solutions to your goals.

Why are you excited to join the Parkside team in front of the desk?

I’m excited to start work in a job that I am passionate about, with the support of a great team. My previous work in a Physio clinic  has been a great learning curve and one that I hope to bring knowledge across from. I look forward to working with Parkside where I will be using my skills and knowledge to best help clients with a range of pathologies getting them back to feeling their best.

What sort of services are you offering?

I have always had a passion for rehabilitation, particularly focusing on musculoskeletal problems and facilitating clients return to sport and exercise regimes pain free. Coming from a sport background, I believe exercise is one of the most important aspects of daily living and know it can positively impact a person’s health.

EP services vary from 1-on-1 to group-based sessions tailored specially to the individual – all of which are claimable under HICAPS, Workcover and DVA/Medicare systems. Small group exercise sessions will be run in weekly blocks based upon your presenting problem along with small group Pilates sessions. Clients are required to have one initial assessment and 1-2 individual consults prior to attending group sessions. Group numbers are kept to 4 per class to ensure maximum safety and supervision of exercises.

If you’re unsure whether you should see an Exercise Physiologist or Physio, or have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to email me here and I’ll get right back to you

I’m really looking forward to my new role and helping you get back to doing what you love.

PS: How do we pronounce your first name?

Haha, it’s pronounced “Owen”