What does an Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) do?

  • overcome persisting pain caused by injury or overuse
  • improve your heart health
  • rehabilitate following a cardiac event
  • control your diabetes
  • prevent pre-diabetes from progressing to full diabetes
  • improve your recovery following cancer treatment
  • improve your general health and wellbeing

AEPs also provide training in safe manual handling; perform functional assessments; carry out sub-maximal and maximal fitness tests; perform body composition tests and musculoskeletal assessments; and provide lifestyle education to help people manage their health conditions.

In Australia, we have the unique situation where we’re working backwards. We have the existing resources and infrastructure including the specialised workforce of Exercise Physiologists and the Medicare subsidies which enable Australians to access these services, but we need to significantly increase our activity levels as 70% of Australians are not active enough.

Accredited Exercise Physiologists are allied health professionals, providing exercise and lifestyle therapies for the prevention and management of chronic disease, injury and disability.

Are Acredited Exercise Physiologists similar to Personal Trainers?

Accredited Exercise Physiologists (AEPs) are not Personal Trainers. AEPs are allied-health professionals with Medicare Provider numbers and are trained members of the health and medical sector. Fitness professionals (e.g. personal trainers) are members of the sport and recreation sector.

Personal Trainer

  • The Personal Fitness Trainer Qualification (Certificate 4) may be completed in less than 6 weeks of training.
  • Qualified and insured to design and deliver fitness programs to persons of low risk only (i.e. “apparently healthy populations”).

Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP)

Allied Health Provider

4 Year University Degree qualified and accredited with ESSA.

Specialise in graded exercise therapy and lifestyle interventions for persons at risk of developing, or with existing chronic and complex medical conditions and injuries (i.e. ‘specific populations’).

What does Accredited Exercise Physiologist treat?

Cardiopulmonary including but not limited to hypertension, coronary artery disease, peripheral vascular disease, myocardial infarction, chronic heart failure, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cystic fibrosis.

Metabolic including but not limited to obesity, dyslipidaemias, impaired glucose tolerance and diabetes mellitus.

Musculoskeletal including but not limited to arthritis (especially osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis), osteoporosis, sub-acute and chronic specific and non-specific musculoskeletal pain / injuries.

Neurological/Neuromuscular including but not limited to stroke, spinal cord injury, acquired brain injury, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and cerebral palsy.

Other including but not limited to cancers, mental illness and conditions associated with ageing.

Our Expert Exercise Physiologist, Phillip is a member of Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA).