Can anyone access the discounted classes?
No. These subsidised classes are only available to older Australians (aged over 65) and indigenous Australians (aged over 55) who are currently inactive or not meeting the physical activity guidelines of 30 minutes of exercise on most days.
What is a pre-screening?
An exercise screening is just a short questionnaire to determine if it’s safe for you to exercise. If there are any red flags, you will be referred to a GP before starting exercise.
What happens at the assessment?
The assessment involves five low-intensity tests and a physical activity questionnaire conducted before and after the program. This assessment only takes a few minutes.
What are the classes like?
The 12 classes can vary depending on the provider, and can range from gym classes, yoga, Pilates, aqua aerobics or clinical classes. Check with providers in your local area to find a class that best suits you.
How much do the classes cost?
To access the government subsidies, we require the following co-payments:
- $8.00 for each one hour in-person class
- $6.00 for each 45 minute Telehealth class
- $4.00 for each 30 minute Telehealth class and
- $3.00 for each 20 minute Telehealth class
The subsidies only apply 12 classes no matter how long a class you do.
Your final assessment is provided free of charge. An additional one-off payment is also required for your pre-assessment which varies depending on where you live. Please contact your local provider for more information.
What happens when I finish the 12 classes?
You will be eligible for a free post-assessment and the provider will work with you to develop a plan to maintain your activity levels based on your preferences. You may continue in the same class as a full fee-paying participant, join other classes with the provider, or be referred to other community exercise activities and volunteering opportunities.
Can I do more than one class per week?
Participants will only be subsidised for a maximum of one class per week. The provider may have other classes available which can be accessed for a separate fee.
What if I can’t make it to a class one week?
If you’re unable to make it, you should contact your provider as soon as possible. Each provider will have their own cancellation or postponement policies which will be explained at the beginning of the program.