What is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist?
An Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) holds a four-year equivalent university degree and specialises in the exercise and movement for the prevention and management of chronic diseases and injuries. AEPs provide support for people with:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Cancer and cancer treatment recovery
- Osteoporosis and arthritis
- Post-surgical rehabilitation (ACL reconstruction, hip/knee replacement)
- Neuromuscular exercise therapy (multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, Parkinson’s disease)
- Chronic pain and fatigue
- Mental health conditions
- Pulmonary disease and more
What makes an Accredited Exercise Physiologist different from other exercise professionals?
- They are university qualified
- They undertake strict accreditation requirements
- They have to complete mandatory professional development each year
- They are eligible to register with Medicare Australia, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs and WorkCover and are recognised by most private health insurers
- They can treat and work with all types of people, those who want to improve their health and wellbeing to those suffering from a chronic illness.
AEPs are different by the possession of extensive knowledge, skills and experience in clinical exercise delivery and their ability to provide health modification counselling for people with chronic disease and injury.
How are Accredited Exercise Physiologists different from Personal Trainers?
AEPs are university trained and have undertaken extensive training to treat clients with chronic conditions and musculoskeletal concerns. AEPs do however treat those without any known conditions or current symptoms and help map out long term plans that help to achieve better health, improve movement patterns and prevent conditions such as diabetes and cancer. They have an extensive toolkit of skills and the ultimate knowledge to help you use exercise effectively.
How are Accredited Exercise Physiologist different from Physiotherapists?
AEPs and Physiotherapists are both allied health professionals having completed a 4-year University degree, however AEPs primary focus is to use exercise to prevent, manage and treat complex medical conditions. AEPs typically work with conditions such as (but not limited to): heart disease, diabetes, mental illness, delaying cognitive decline, some cancers, lower back pain, osteoporosis and osteoarthritis.
AEPs will utilise their skills in exercise prescription, combined with their training in behaviour change, to empower clients and to promote management of their health independently. Their skills are particularly well received by clients who are looking to age well and age independently.