Exercise Physiology FAQ

FAQ’s What is an exercise physiologist? What is the difference between an exercise physiologist and a personal trainer? Do I...

FAQ’s

What is an exercise physiologist?
What is the difference between an exercise physiologist and a personal trainer?
Do I need a referral?
What happens during the appointment?
What do I wear?
What else do I need to bring?
Do you accept Workcover and insurance referrals?
What is an EPC referral?
Can I use my health fund and get the EPC rebate for the same consultation?
What are your payment methods?

What is an Exercise Physiologist?
Exercise physiologists complete a 4-year degree in the study of clinical exercise for people with or at risk of chronic and complex medical conditions, as well as for musculoskeletal injury and rehabilitation.

What is the difference between an exercise physiologist and a personal trainer?
Lots! Aside from the level of training, exercise physiologists aim to achieve lifestyle and behavioral change.

Exercise physiologists are, by far, the most qualified health professionals to provide exercise for people with conditions such as diabetes and pre-diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, depression, COPD, arthritis and those with a history of poor exercise maintenance.

Do I need a referral?
No. Referrals are certainly welcome, but are not necessary if claiming through your health fund.

A referral from your doctor is required when using Medicare (EPC) funding or for insurance claims (Workcover/CTP). Eligibility requirements will need to be discussed with your Doctor.

What happens during the appointment?
Your first appointment will involve a thorough case history and will require you to perform several activities to assess your current physical capabilities. From your assessment, appropriate goals will be set and a personalised program will be developed.

Following consultations will involve performing the exercises in your program with a focus on the strength and fitness goals developed after you assessment. Close supervision will ensure correct technique, and allow for modifications and exercise progression.

What do I wear?
Please wear comfortable clothing you can walk and move freely in, and walking shoes or runners. Please also bring a water bottle and a towel to every appointment.

What else do I need to bring?
Please bring any paperwork provided by your doctor, any reports and results from imaging (ultrasound/x-ray/CT/MRI) or from other tests (blood results).

Do you accept Workcover and insurance referrals?
Workcover NSW referrals are accepted. Some additional information will be required to before the initial consultation.

What is an EPC referral?
The EPC program entitles eligible people up to 5 subsidised sessions through Medicare. If appropriate, this can be arranged through your GP. Referred participants will receive a rebate of $50.95* for each of the 5 sessions. Full payment is required at the time of consultation and you will be provided with a receipt to claim through Medicare.

Can I use my health fund and get the EPC rebate for the same consultation?
You cannot use your health fund and EPC for the same consultation. Often people will use the rebate from the health fund for the initial consultation as they get a greater amount back, then use the EPC funding for the following appointments. Please check with your health fund before your first appointment as it can vary.

What are your payment methods?
Immediate health fund rebates through HICAPS are available. Please contact your fund if you wish to know the exact rebate amount, as this varies depending on your fund and your level of cover. We accept cash, EFTPOS, VISA and MasterCard. Payment is required at the time of consultation and no accounts will be issued.