Exercise Physiology

Ashleigh Hooperashleigh hooper, accredited exercise physiologist

What is an exercise Physiologist? An Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) is a university qualified health professional, holding a dual accreditation as an Exercise Scientist and AEP. They 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 system 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 conditions benefit from working with our Exercise Physiologist?

Exercise Physiologists can help with many conditions ranging from muscle and joint injuries 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.

What Exercise Physiology sessions are available

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 Medicare systems.

Initially, we will be offering Individual 1 on 1 consultations for any problem you have and group services designed for osteoporosis, falls prevention and diabetes management. Small group exercise sessions will be run in weekly blocks based upon your presenting pathology. 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.