Accredited Exercise Physiologists

Accredited Exercise Physiologists are university-qualified allied health professionals. They specialise in designing and delivering safe and effective exercise interventions for people with chronic medical conditions, injuries or disabilities. Services delivered by an AEP are also claimable under compensable schemes such as Medicare and covered by most private health insurers. When it comes to the prescription of exercise, they are the most qualified professionals in Australia.

Who can they help?

Whether you’re living with a chronic condition, illness, injury or just want some advice on how to exercise right for your specific needs, an AEP can help. They work in a number of environments including:

  • Public and private hospitals settings
  • Primary, secondary and tertiary health care
  • Within private and multidisciplinary clinics
  • Population health
  • Workplace health and rehabilitation
  • Ageing and aged care
  • Fitness centres, gymnasiums, business
  • Sporting settings

How are they different from physiotherapists?

Distinguishing between a physiotherapist and an exercise physiologist can be quite difficult, as the two aren’t mutually exclusive. Both can work within a broad scope of practice so it’s only natural that confusion exists. Although there are similarities, they aren’t the same thing.

Both are allied health professionals who have done a minimum of 4 years’ study at university, however there are differences in their areas of expertise. Exercise physiologists use evidence-based movement and exercise intervention for chronic disease prevention and management, musculoskeletal injuries and weight management. Exercise physiologists often work as part of a team of doctors, physiotherapists and other allied health professionals to ensure the best results for their clients.

Physiotherapists can diagnose a range of conditions and use various methods, including exercise, to treat musculoskeletal problems, alleviate pain, restore function and manage chronic conditions.

Find an AEP

Need help? There's thousands of Accredited Exercise Physiologists all around Australia who can help you to exercise right for your individual needs.

Refer to an AEP

Doctors & nurses: Learn about the benefits of exercise for your patients and the importance of referring to an accredited professional.

Chronic Conditions

Are you living with a chronic condition? We can help you to understand how to Exercise Right for a wide range of illnesses and injuries.