Macquarie University Sport and Aquatic Centre has their own Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) who is registered with Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) to deliver a range of programs for those with specific rehabilitation or chronic illness needs.
Who are they?
An AEP holds a four year 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:
- Conditions such as cardiovascular disease
- Osteoporosis and arthritis
- Mental health conditions
- Chronic pain and fatigue
- Post-surgical rehabilitation (ACL reconstruction, hip/knee replacement)
- Neuromuscular exercise therapy (multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, Parkinson's disease)
- Pulmonary disease and more
Most importantly, they help people move and exercise their way into a healthier lifestyle.
Private Health Fund rebates and referrals
Did you know that 28 Private Health Funds offer rebates for services provided by Accredited Exercise Physiologists. Macquarie University offers on the spot claims processing. Please contact your Private Health Fund to to find out if your level of cover applies to these claims.
If you have an injury combined with chronic illness, you may be entitled to Medicare assistance on a Chronic Disease Management Plan. Please discuss this option with your General Practitioner (GP).
For more information please submit an online enquiry or ask your GP for more details.
What makes Accredited Exercise Physiologists different to other exercise professionals?
The differences are:
- They are university qualified
- They undertake strict accreditation requirements
- 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 unfortunately 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?
Accredited Exercise Physiologists (AEPs) are university trained and have undertaken extensive training to treat clients with chronic conditions. AEPs are allied-health professionals with Medicare provider numbers and are trained members of the health and medical sector. AEPs do however treat those without any known conditions and help map out long term plans that help you achieve better health and prevent conditions such as diabetes and cancer.