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An Accredited Exercise Physiologist is an allied health professional who prescribes exercise for preventing and managing chronic diseases and injuries, as well as improving health and performance.

Your Accredited Exercise Physiologist has completed a 4 year University degree and more than 500 hours of clinical experience before registering with the governing body, Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA).

What is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist? 

  • Education: EPs complete 4 years of study at University in a Bachelor or Master’s Degree, with a minimum of 500 hours clinical experience
  • Skills: Specialists in exercise for generally healthy populations as well as special populations such as complex or chronic medical and musculoskeletal conditions
  • Governance: Recognised allied health professionals governed by the accreditation body ‘Exercise and Sport Science Australia’ (ESSA)
  • Approach: Evidence-based scientific approach and customised prescription for each individual considering their holistic health status
  • Knowledge: In depth understanding of anatomy, biomechanics, human physiology and disease process
  • Rebates: Recognised by Medicare and Private Health Insurers

Is EP the same as Physio?

The key difference between an EP and a Physio, is that a Physiotherapist works primarily in the acute management of injuries and musculoskeletal imbalances and may use manual therapy or joint manipulation as part of their treatment. Physiotherapists are also able to diagnose musculoskeletal conditions and injuries, whereas EP’s use Exercise as Medicine to address long-term, management, prevention and improved performance.

EP or Personal Trainer?

Seeing a Personal Trainer is a great way to incorporate exercise into your life! Fitness instructors and personal trainers are qualified to deliver exercise programs to healthy populations, however if you have niggles, injuries, a chronic health condition or want performance optimisation, the role of an Exercise Physiologist is to prescribe exercise specifically around your conditions to help you meet your health and fitness goals.


Why see an Accredited Exercise Physiologist?

People come to see an Accredited Exercise Physiologist for a wide range of health and fitness services. Some use exercise for the effective treatment of a chronic health condition such as diabetes, asthma, or cardiovascular disease, some may seek treatment for chronic pain and musculoskeletal rehabilitation, and others may be looking to improve their fitness or athletic performance. Regardless of why you come to see an Accredited Exercise Physiologist, you can trust that they have the expert knowledge to prescribe a specialised exercise program to suit you.

You can find a comprehensive list of our Exercise Physiology services here.