What is the difference between an Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) and a Physiotherapist?
AEPs and physiotherapists are both allied health professionals, however the primary treatment focus varies between professions. Physiotherapists generally treat the primary problem (in most cases an injury) during the acute and early post-acute phases of rehabilitation. An AEP’s main focus is to use exercise to prevent, manage and treat a variety of medical conditions through lifestyle strategies and health coaching. AEPs use their skills in exercise prescription and training in behaviour change to assist clients in managing their health, with a goal of ageing well and ageing independently.
What is the difference between an Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) and a personal trainer/fitness professional?
- AEPs are university qualified (four year equivalent degree)
- AEPs have strict accreditation requirements through their governing body ESSA (Exercise and Sports Science Australia)
- AEPs undertake extensive training and have the skills and experience to effectively assist and treat clients with complex and chronic health conditions
- AEPs also assist those with no known conditions to improve their fitness, achieve positive health outcomes and prevent the onset of various chronic conditions
- AEPs are recognised by the majority of private health funds and are also able to register with Medicare, WorkCover, and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs
Can I claim for a consultation through Medicare?
Yes. Medicare rebates are available if your GP refers you through a Chronic Disease Management (CDM) plan, which was formerly known as an Enhanced Primary Care (EPC) plan. To qualify for a CDM plan you must have a chronic condition. If you are unsure as to whether you are eligible for this referral, please consult with your GP.
Clients with type 2 diabetes also qualify for an additional referral under Medicare (Allied Health Group Services Referral). This referral entitles you to an initial assessment plus eight gentle exercise class sessions with our Accredited Exercise Physiologists. Please ensure that you have a current referral from your GP prior to booking a consultation.
For more information about these referrals please contact us.
Can I claim for a consultation through the Department of Veterans Affairs?
Yes. All clients who hold a Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) gold card (and eligible white card holders) are bulk billed for exercise physiology services. Please ensure that you have a current DVA referral from your GP prior to booking a consultation.
Can I claim for a consultation through my private health insurance?
The majority of private health funds do offer rebates for exercise physiology services. Exercise physiology consultation rebates vary between health funds depending on type of service provided and your individual level of cover – we recommend contacting your health fund to confirm whether you are eligible to claim for our services. For more information please click here.