Accredited Exercise physiologists (AEPs) are university qualified allied health professionals, who specialise in exercise interventions for the prevention, treatment and management of chronic and/or complex medical conditions and injuries. These interventions are provided by exercise delivery including health and physical activity education, advice and support and lifestyle modification with a strong focus on achieving behavioural change. AEPs are the most qualified health professional to prescribe exercise for people with chronic disease and injuries.
You might see an AEP to help you:
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.