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Better Ageing Classes to help you Exercise Right

 

Exercise Right has been awarded funding through the Move it AUS – Better Ageing Grants Program. Through the Better Ageing Grant, we’re able to deliver subsidised exercise classes to older Australians over the age of 65.

 

The aims of the project are to:

  • Provide affordable access to exercise classes led by university qualified professionals
  • Provide education to enhance understanding of health, weight management, and managing chronic diseases and depression

ELIGIBILITY

The program is open to inactive older Australians over the age of 65 years. You must complete a pre-screening assessment prior to commencing the classes.

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

Each participant may be eligible for:

  • 1 x pre-exercise screening
  • 1 x pre-assessment
  • 12 x 1-hour sessions
  • 1 x post-assessment

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

A co-payment of $8 is required for each class. An additional one-off payment is also required for your pre-assessment. Prices vary – please contact your local provider for more information.

WHO RUNS THE CLASSES?

Each class will be run by a university qualified Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) or Accredited Exercise Scientist (AES). The classes are delivered either at a physical facility or via an approved Telehealth provider.

The benefits of attending a class run by an accredited exercise professional include:

  • Improved safety during exercises
  • Exercises that are better targeted to your needs
  • Ongoing health and advice to help you stay active
  • Referral pathways to other health professionals or services that may suit your needs
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FIND A CLASS

There’s authorised providers delivering subsidised classes all around Australia.

Frequently asked questions

Can anyone access the discounted classes?

No. These subsidised classes are only available to older Australians (aged over 65) 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? 

You will pay just $8 for each class. There’s also an additional one-off payment for the pre-assessment. The price of the pre-assessment varies by location so please contact your local provider for more details.

 

What happens when I finish the 12 classes? 

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 activities or 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.

 

MOVE MORE, STAY HEALTHY