Exercise Physiology at Camden South Family Doctors

Exercise physiologists are uniquely qualified to help design, deliver, and implement exercise routines for people suffering from physical ailments. These routines can be tailored to suit anyone in any situation, regardless of age, illness, and fitness level.

Exercise physiology can help provide benefits for patients suffering from a wide variety of activity-restricting conditions, including cardiovascular, pulmonary, metabolic, musculoskeletal, or neurological conditions, depression and other mental health disorders, and a wide variety of cancers. It can also benefit elderly and otherwise healthy people wanting to improve their mobility and exercise technique.

With his abundance of skills, knowledge, and experience as an AEP, our in-house exercise physiologist Glenn Fairweather helps guide his patients to achieving better health through exercise physiology. He doesn’t view disability, disease or ageing as barriers against having an active, healthy lifestyle, and aims to improve the function and mobility of people suffering from chronic health conditions, age, and injuries.

As an AEP, Glenn aims to improve the function and mobility of people suffering from chronic health conditions and injuries, as well as assisting elderly and healthy people wanting to improve their mobility and exercise technique. Exercise can be tailored to suit everyone in every situation, and doesn’t view disability, disease or ageing as barriers that prevent an active healthy lifestyle.

Active Approach is an innovative exercise physiology program designed to deliver safe and effective exercise interventions, to people with chronic, sub-acute or acute medical conditions, injuries or disabilities. Active Approach provides tailored exercise programs that allows the individual to maintain or improve their health, fitness and mobility based on each person’s physical, emotional, and social needs. Tailored exercise programs can target positive outcomes and individual goals such as weight loss, increasing strength, mobility, reducing pain, and reducing disease risk.

Exercise Physiology aids to improve many conditions

Exerciser physiology helps to improve the health and functino of people suffering from:

    • Diabetes
    • Obesity
    • Cancer
    • Hypertension
    • Frailty
    • Sports and Workplace injuries
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Chronic lung diseases
  • Parkinson’s
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Depression
  • Anxiety

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FEE INFORMATION

Medicare will refund $53.80 for up to 5 sessions per calendar year under the Enhanced Primary Care program (EPC). This is available to people with complex and long-standing health conditions and MUST be referred by your GP under an Enhanced Primary Care Plan. Please discuss with your GP if you think you may be eligible for this. WE DO NOT CHARGE OUR PATIENTS EXPERIENCING THESE COMPLEX HEALTH PROBLEMS A GAP FOR OUR SERVICES.

If you are a Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) Health Card holder, you may be eligible for Exercise Physiologist services that are covered entirely. Referral from a GP is required and lasts 12 months. Please discuss with your GP if you think this may apply to you.

Exercise Physiologists are primary health care providers. This means a referral from your doctor is not always necessary if claiming personally or with your private health extra cover. All Exercise Physiologist services provided at Camden South Family Doctors are covered under private health insurance. A small gap fee may apply depending on your health insurance company. Please contact them directly to enquire about your Exercise Physiologist rebate.

Private Exercise Physiologist services at Camden South Family Doctors are $65 for initial and follow up consultations plus a $10 gym entry fee where sessions are held at a gym.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is the difference between an Exercise Physiologist and a Physiotherapist?

Physiotherapists are often the first step in rehabilitation and are the initial specialists for diagnosing injury and movement disorders. Primarily, physiotherapists will manage the ‘acute’ phase of the injury and implement early strategies to improve symptoms and movement.

Exercise Physiologists will manage patients during the ‘sub-acute’ phase of their injury and rehabilitation. This is usually from 4 weeks onwards, and focusses on active approaches to improving stability, strength and metabolic outcomes. Exercise Physiologists also prescribe and counsel individuals with chronic health conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, neurological conditions and frailty. Exercise Physiologists are an ideal choice for people that seek a high level of clinical expertise and require specifically tailored programs from a qualified practitioner.

Can I receive treatment under Medicare?

If you have a chronic medical condition you may be eligible for services under a General Practitioner Management Plan or Team Care Arrangement.

If eligible, you can access 5 allied health services per calendar year, or 10 health services per calendar year if you are of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent.

Type 2 diabetics are eligible for an additional group services referral. This includes an initial consultation and 8 group sessions

What conditions can exercise physiology help improve?

The health and function of people suffering from conditions such as diabetes, obesity, cancer, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, chronic lung diseases, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, depression, anxiety, frailty, as well as sports and workplace injuries.

How Can Exercise Physiology Help Chronic Disease?

Diabetes

Reduces HbA1c which significantly decreases the risk of death and amputation.
Regular exercise has a similar effect to diabetic drug metformin.

Hypertension

Reduces blood pressure which decreases the risk of cardiovascular disease and death.

Cancer

Decreases fatigue levels, increases treatment tolerance and prevents muscle loss. Exercise can also help to prevent bone mineral density loss which is a complication of cancer treatment.