Information for Medical Practitioners

Current evidence supports physical activity and exercise as an integral part of both primary and secondary prevention and the treatment of chronic disease. As relative new comers to the allied health profession, accredited exercise physiologist (AEPs) play an important, irreplaceable role as physical activity and exercise specialists within healthcare.

 An AEP can be an integral support partner within the general practice setting, providing collaborative local health care for:

• patients at high-risk of developing or currently with chronic disease;

• patients at risk of developing, or currently with existing injury, that require rehabilitation to improve physical function; and

• patients in need of lifestyle change through risk factor modification, at all levels of readiness to behavioural change.

 

“Do you have a patient with diabetes needing assistance to improve management of their BGL’sl? A patient with depression wanting to improve their symptoms; an elderly person with osteoporosis needing to reduce their risk of falls; or worker with a lower back injury needing assistance to get back into the workforce? If so then you should consider referring them to an accredited exercise physiologist“.

 

An accredited exercise physiologists can assist in patient care via:

• Assessing ‘movement’ capacity in people of all ages and levels of health, well-being or fitness;

• Development of safe, effective individualised exercise interventions;

• Provision of health education, advice and support to enhance health and well-being;

• Provision of rehabilitation and advice following the acute stage of injury, surgical intervention, or during recovery to restore functional capacity and well-being.

 Referring patients to Physio Plus for exercise physiology services:

• NSW Workers Compensation

• Medicare – Chronic Disease Management Plan

• Medicare – Type 2 Diabetes Group Services

• Department of Veterans Affairs.

Patients under private, non-compensable referrals are also welcome and well catered for.

An accompanying letter outlining the reason for referral and the patient's medical and medication history, is encouraged and appreciated, and will assist in the transition of care.