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What is an Exercise Physiologist?

Accredited Exercise Physiologists [AEPs] are university-qualified allied health professionals who are specialised in designing and delivering safe and effective exercise interventions.

An AEP specialises in prescribing clinical exercise programs to prevent or manage chronic disease or injury and assist in restoring physical function, health, or wellness of an individual. AEPs are experts in exercise rehabilitation and play an important, irreplaceable role as physical activity and exercise specialists within healthcare.

Not sure what the difference between an AEP and a Physio is? Check out the button below…

Meet our Ex Phys, Lucia

Since graduating from Australian Catholic University in 2018 with a Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology, I have been working independently with clients applying my clinical skills to a primarily musculoskeletal population.

This has become one of my passions, helping my clients set, maintain and achieve lifestyle modification to enable them to fulfil a greater quality of life.

My areas of special interest include:

  • Musculoskeletal/Metabolic Syndrome
  • Mental Health
  • Women’s Health (Pre & Post-Natal)
  • Mobility Restoration
  • Pre-diabetics and Diabetes Prevention

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What can an AEP help manage?

AEP’s can provide support for clients with:

Musculoskeletal

  • Surgery Prehabilitation and rehabilitation
  • Lower back pain
  • Arthritis (Rheumatoid and Osteoarthritis)
  • Persistent pain caused by injury or overuse

Special Populations

  • Women’s Health
  • Antenatal and Postnatal
  • Children’s injuries and conditions
  • Cancer management and rehabilitation

Cardiopulmonary

  • Post-heart attack or stroke
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Asthma and respiratory conditions (COPD)

Metabolic

  • Diabetes – prevention and management
  • Overweight and obesity
  • Metabolic syndrome

Neurological

  • Acquired brain injury
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Cerebral palsy

General Health

  • Balance and falls prevention
  • Enhance functional abilities
  • Motivation and adherence to lifestyle
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How It Works

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Initial Consult

In the Initial Consult with Lucy you will answer questions about your health and then complete assessments based on your goals and current function.  

These assessments will provide a baseline or starting point will be used to help build a plan especially tailored for you.

From there you work the plan in one of the following ways that suits you best…

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Solo

We create you a program to follow, and you can Work on it at home in your own time or at the Peachi Studio during our ‘Open Gym’ time.

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One-on-One

Catch up for private 30 or 45 minute sessions to work on your program. 

This can be done weekly, bi-weekly or on a casual basis.

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Shared EP

Join timetabled Shared EP sessions and work through your own individualised program (just like in one-on-one sessions) in a group of 3-5 people.

Referral Pathways

Services delivered by an AEP are also claimable under compensable schemes such as Medicare and covered by most private health insurers.

No referral required. Private health funds available on site.

Medicare

  • Enhanced Primary Care Plans (EPC).
  • Type 2 Diabetes Group Referral.

NDIS

  • Self managed and plan managed participants.

DVA

  • DVA healthcare cards (gold & white) are accepted upon a GP referral.

Private Patients

  • No referral required. Private health funds available on site.

Workcover and TAC

  • Upon written approval from funding Workcover or TAC.

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Physiotherapy VS Exercise Physiology

Physiotherapists and Exercise Physiologists are both allied professionals focused on improving movement and function, but who to see and when really depends on your needs. Below is a brief breakdown.

Refer to a Physio for:

  • Acute injury diagnosis and rehabilitation (0-6 weeks)
  • Hands-on massage/manipulation

Refer to an Exercise Physiologist for:

  • Exercise rehabilitation (post-acute 6 weeks +)
  • Chronic condition management
  • Lifestyle modification
  • Specialised exercise program

 

At Peachi we believe in a holistic approach to well being, so if you are seeing a physiotherapist or any other allied health professionals let us know and we will work with them to ensure the best outcome.

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