exercise physiologist in melbourne

The Wellness Workshop's Exercise Physiologist in Melbourne team proudly offers Exercise Physiology services, as well as online consultations using telehealth, zoom and video-conferencing technologies. Not only does training with our Exercise Physiologist give you access to one of Australia's largest gyms, but we also can run Hydrotherapy sessions in the 32-degree on-site pool. 

Our Exercise Physiologists in Melbourne are Health At Every Size (HAES) aligned, meaning we’re focused on improving your overall health and wellbeing by addressing a variety of health behaviours. This approach ensures you feel welcomed, listened to and supported while receiving the best possible care regardless of size, ethnicity, sexual orientation or social status. 

We offer Medicare, DVA, Private Health Cover and NDIS rebates to eligible patients, and work closely with you and your team of doctors and/or Allied Health Professionals by maintaining regular communication and providing progress reports where requested. To book a consultation with our Exercise Physiologist click here.

What does an exercise physiologist do?

An Accredited Exercise Physiologist is a university qualified health professional equipped with the knowledge, skills and competencies to design, deliver and evaluate safe and effective exercise interventions for people with acute, sub-acute or chronic medical conditions, injuries or disabilities. AEP's are covered to assist in the management and intervention of cardiovascular, metabolic, neurological, musculoskeletal, cancers, kidney, respiratory/pulmonary and mental health issues.

The Wellness Workshop's Exercise Physiologists in Melbourne are governed by ESSA (Exercise & Sports Science Australia), the peak professional body for Accredited Exercise Physiologists. Our EP's have completed 4 years of study and over 500 hours of practical experience with clients from a range of diverse backgrounds and presentations. 

In addition to the above, our Exercise Physiologists adhere to the Health At Every Size (HAES) principles, ensuring all clients no matter their size, weight, ethnicity, sexuality, gender or social status are treated with kindness, compassion and respect.

what conditions can our exercise physiologist in melbourne help you with?

  • Cancer including breast, prostate and bowel cancer

  • Cardiovascular disease

  • Ischaemic Heart Disease

  • Acute Myocardial Infarction

  • Periperal Artery Disease

  • Chronic heart failure

  • Arrhythmias and Pacemakers

  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)

  • Chronic kidney disease

  • Stroke

  • Osteoarthritis

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis

  • Osteoporosis

  • Acute, sub-acute and chronic musculoskeletal pain/injury

  • Spinal Cord Injury

  • Parkinson's Disease

  • Cerebral Palsy

  • MS

  • Dementia

  • Traumatic Brain Injury

  • Asthma

  • Cystic Fibrosis

  • Metabolic diseases including metabolic syndrome & obesity

  • Type 1 & Type 2 Diabetes

  • Gestational diabetes

  • Sleep apnoea

  • PCOS

  • Anxiety Disorders

  • Affective Disorders

  • Psychotic Disorders

  • Trauma

  • Stress Related Disorders

what's the difference between an exercise physiologist and a physio?

This is a very commonly asked question amongst clients, the general public and even other Medical Professionals like GP's, particularly because most people are more likely to be familiar with Physiotherapists (largely because the profession has been around for much longer). To understand the differences, we can look at each Practitioner's role in the phase of an injury, as well as how both Professions actually work better together to assist a client with injury, pain or rehabilitation. Firstly, it's worth noting that both an Exercise Physiologist and a Physiotherapist have completed a University degree for a minimum of 4 years, have to continue their education and training annually to remain accredited, are recognised by Medicare, TAC, Workcover, DVA and Private Health Insurance, and use evidence based practice to treat patients while aiming to improve their overall health and wellbeing. 

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  • Treats patients with a range of chronic, acute, sub-acute injuries or disabilities using clinical exercise interventions

  • Treats a patient after the acute phase of an injury, usually 3-4 weeks, using gentle exercise to regain strength and range of movement

  • Assists with the management of chronic health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, arthritis & much more (see table above)

  • Provides direction and motivation to exercise correctly and effectively

  • Provides an appropriate exercise plan and facilitates movement during the session e.g does the session with you

  • Communicates with other Allied Health Practitioners and Specialists to report on your progress

  • Specialists in providing education and guidance to improve lifestyle, minimise injury and enjoy pain-free movement 

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  • Assesses, diagnoses, treats and manages acute injury, disability and pain through physical techniques such as massage, manipulation and exercise prescription

  • Treats a patient immediately after an injury has occurred (acute phase)

  • Treats new, unexpected or undiagnosed pain

  • Assists with controlling inflammation and may provide temporary mobility aids such as crutches 

  • Provides exercise prescription e.g. tells you what exercise to do after the session/at home

  • Communicates with other Allied Health Practitioners and Specialists to report on your progress

THE WELLNESS WORKSHOP is one of the

few practices in Melbourne that advocate for health at every size

Why choose The Wellness Workshop’s MELBOURNE exercise physiologist?

The Wellness Workshop is one of the few practices in Melbourne that advocate for Health at Every Size (HAES). Our HAES aligned Exercise Physiologists do not focus solely on weight or the pursuit of weight loss as a tool for measuring success, but rather help you understand and improve a range of health behaviours and habits, including exercise that aims to increase your overall wellbeing. We make exercise fun and enjoyable, adapting your session to suit your personality, preferences and lifestyle. As well as creating a safe space for nurturing and taking care of your body, free of body-shame and criticism. 

what programs subsidise my exercise physiology sessions?

Exercise Physiology is included within the government funded Medicare scheme, allowing those with access to receive rebated sessions.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

To receive Medicare rebated sessions, clients must have a current GPMP (General Practitioner Medical Plan) or TCA (Team care arrangement) referral. These can be obtained by consulting with your local GP. Clients must also have a chronic or complex medical condition that can be treated, managed or improved using clinical exercise interventions. Clients of indigenous or Torres strait islander decent are also eligible for sessions under Medicare.

WHAT TO EXPECT IN YOUR SESSION

Depending on your needs your GP will assign 1-5 sessions with our Exercise Physiologist. These sessions will be approximately 30-45 minutes in length and will include pre and post training test and evidence-based exercises to assist you with your current condition.

HOW MUCH IS MY REBATE?

Medicare rebates are $52.95 per session. For a 45 minute session, the gap fee is only $17.05 and for a 30 minute session your session will be fully rebated by Medicare. We can help you with the claims process on site to make it easy and simple.

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Under TAC an Exercise Physiologist can provide assessments as well as ongoing physical training to aid in the recovering of injuries sustained during a motor vehicle injury.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

To be eligible clients must have Exercise Physiology approved under their current treatment plan, which can be arranged by working with your current case manager.

WHAT TO EXPECT IN YOUR SESSION

These sessions will be 60 minutes in length and will include pre and post training test and evidence-based exercises to assist you with your current condition or injury. 

HOW MUCH IS MY REBATE?

TAC will cover the full cost of the session(s) for eligible clients.

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DVA or Department of veterans affairs offer Exercise Physiology to those who are eligible.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

Clients are required to have a DVA white or gold card as well as a referral from their medical practitioner.

WHAT TO EXPECT IN YOUR SESSION

These sessions will be 45 minutes in length and will include pre and post training test and evidence-based exercises to assist you with your current condition.

HOW MUCH IS MY REBATE?

DVA will cover the full cost of sessions for eligible members.

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NDIS or the National Disability Insurance Scheme assists those with a disability to enhance their overall health and wellbeing. Exercise Physiology is a recognised service provider under NDIS. Here at The Wellness Workshop we currently treat a number of clients who are eligible for NDIS cover.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

To be eligible clients must have Exercise Physiology approved under their current treatment plan, which can be arranged by working with your current case manager.

WHAT TO EXPECT IN YOUR SESSION

These sessions will be between 30-45 minutes in length and will include pre and post training test and evidence-based exercises to assist you with your current condition. 

HOW MUCH IS MY REBATE?

NDIS will cover the full cost of the sessions for eligible members.

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Exercise Physiology is a recognised allied health provider under most private health schemes. Exercise Physiology is often grouped under natural therapies, allied health or as an individual service depending on the provider.

Private health eligibility and coverage differ depending on your health insurance provider and level of cover.

If you'd like to find out more or ask any questions in regards to your eligibility, give us a call on 03 9801 8711 or email us at info@thewellnessworkshop.com.au 

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Exercise Physiologists are an approved allied health professional who can assist with the treatment of workplace injuries for clients who are wishing to return to work.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

To be eligible clients must have Exercise Physiology approved under their current treatment plan, which can be arranged by working with your current case manager. All treatment must be centered around improving the client's ability to return to work.

WHAT TO EXPECT IN YOUR SESSION

These sessions will be 60 minutes in length and will include pre and post training test and evidence-based exercises to assist you with your current condition or injury. 

HOW MUCH IS MY REBATE?

Workcover will cover the full cost of the session(s) for eligible clients.

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For more information on the above programs, including information required for Doctors, Case Managers or Private Health Insurers please contact us directly on 03 9801 8711 or via email at info@thewellnessworkshop.com.au

Frequently asked EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY questions

What to expect in your exercise physiology session?

In your initial consultation, our local Exercise Physiologist (EP) will ask you questions about your medical and exercise history, lifestyle, work, current pains or injuries, as well as health-related concerns and movement goals. If you are eligible for funding under any affiliated programs such as Medicare, TAC, NDIS...etc we will also ask you to bring any paperwork you have, as well as medical reports and imaging scans. We may also contact your case manager, Doctor or other Allied Health Practitioners to get a deeper understanding of your health status.

 

You will have the opportunity to speak openly and in confidence about everything and anything that you feel is impacting on you, your health, and your ability to move comfortably and freely within your own body. We may also run a few movement tests, perform a physical examination and take any notes that are required for progress reporting later on.

 

From there, we will book in a follow up session with you and create a tailored exercise program that is specifically designed for you and your needs. This program will also be made available to you online or on paper, whichever you prefer.

 

In your sessions following your initial consultation we will guide you through your program on the gym floor, providing you with constant feedback, whilst ensuring you are moving safely and effectively. We will also equip you with resources and practical exercises that will help you facilitate the changes you wish to make outside of the gym. 

 

At any point in your sessions we encourage you to ask questions and discuss any barriers you are facing in achieving your goals.

 

We recommend regular weekly sessions (for most cases) to ensure you are exercising safely and correctly, while improving at a steady and consistent pace.

HOW MUCH DOES An exercise physiology session COST?

Initial Exercise Physiology Consultation:

45 minutes: $70                

60 minutes: $90


Follow-Up Exercise Physiology Sessions:

30 minutes: $50

45 minutes: $70                

60 minutes: $90


*Medicare and private health rebates may apply - see above.

What should I bring to my exercise physiology session?

For your initial consultation, we recommend bringing any documents or scans you feel are relevant to your current health status. This includes referrals from your GP or other Medical Professionals if you have any, as well as X-rays, scans or written reports.  

 

Prior to your appointment, we may also ask you to complete a New Client Questionnaire online to save time. If you prefer to do this in-house, we're happy for you to do that too.

For your follow-up sessions (any session after the initial consultation) we recommend wearing comfortable workout clothes, bringing a towel and water bottle with you. If our Exercise Physiologist believes you may need any additional equipment for your session e.g. hand grips he will let you know prior to your appointment day.

Does Medicare cover an exercise 

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Individuals with a diagnosed chronic medical condition (e.g. Osteoporosis, IBS, Liver Disease) who are under the care of multiple health professionals may be considered by their General Practitioner for an Enhanced Primary Care Plan. If eligible, this plan provides you with up to 5 sessions per calendar year with the allied health professional/s of your choice.

Please note that to obtain this care plan, you will need to consult with your GP to determine your needs and eligibility before you can claim your sessions. Those under a care plan receive a Medicare rebate of $52.95 for Exercise Physiology consultations/sessions. This is subject to change without notice at the discretion of Medicare.

For more information on Medicare subsidised sessions, scroll up the page under "What programs subsidise my Exercise Physiology sessions?"

How many sessions with the exercise physiologist will I need?

This is highly dependent on your personal circumstance, level of injury or disability, fitness level and if you have a chronic condition or illness. 

During your initial consultation, our Exercise Physiologist will give you a rough indication of how many sessions, or the frequency of sessions he believes are required to meet your personal goals. This can vary greatly from person to person, and is also dependent on your ability level, confidence in the gym and ongoing progress.

At every stage of the process, we work closely with you to ensure your proposed plan fits not only within your physical requirements, but also your financial position, time constraints and level of comfort. You may also wish to do your sessions with a partner or friend if suitable - which we highly recommend as a fun, social way to exercise.

do i need to come in the gym to do my session or can i do it from home?

The Wellness Workshop offers both online and face-to-face consultations for all Allied Health services. This includes Exercise Physiology. We can run your session via Telehealth, or video conferencing technology from the comfort of your own home if you prefer, and if suitable to do so. However we usually recommend coming into our facility as a face-to-face session provides a host of benefits above and beyond the physical workout itself.

We are also wheelchair accessible, and will do whatever is necessary to make your session comfortable and enjoyable.

WHO IS OUR exercise physiologist in melbourne? 

jorden harding

Jorden's positive attitude towards exercise started from a young age with a love for competitive sports. He now thoroughly enjoys working with clients from a range of different backgrounds and ages to improve their everyday movement and wellbeing, particularly those with a disability or chronic condition.

 

He is an ESSA (Exercise Sport Science Australia) Accredited Exercise Physiologist and believes that exercise is a medicine that can be applied and adapted to all. 

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BOOK AN EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGist MELBOURNE APPOINTMENT

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