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Exercise Physiology

What is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist?

Accredited Exercise Physiologists (AEPs) are degree qualified allied health professionals who specialise in the delivery of exercise for the prevention and management of chronic diseases and injuries.  The accreditation and professional conduct of an AEP is overseen by their governing body – Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA).  AEPs base exercise prescription for disease management and prevention on up to date scientific evidence and tailor it to accommodate an individual’s capacity and goals.  Health Studio’s AEPs are registered with Medicare Australia, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, WorkCover QLD, NDIS and are recognised by most private health insurers.


What conditions can Exercise Physiology services be helpful for?

Exercise has been found to be beneficial in the management of numerous conditions including:

Cardiovascular conditions

  • Coronary artery disease (ischemic heart disease)
  • Chronic heart failure
  • Hypertension
  • Peripheral vascular diseases
  • Angina

Metabolic conditions

  • Obesity
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Impaired glucose tolerance / insulin resistance
  • Diabetes (Types 1 and 2)
  • Dyslipidaemia

Musculoskeletal conditions

  • Osteoarthritis (OA)
  • Osteoporosis
  • Joint replacement
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Musculoskeletal injury
  • Postural issues
  • Lower back pain

Neurological conditions

  • Stroke
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Developmental Coordination Disorder

Respiratory conditions

  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Asthma
  • Emphysema

Hormonal conditions

  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
  • Post Menopause Syndrome
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Hashimoto’s disease
  • Androgen deprivation therapy

Fatique conditions

  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • HIV / AIDS
  • Cancer & cancer treatment

Psychological conditions

  • Depression
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Anxiety

How does is an Exercise Physiologist different from a Personal Trainer?

Personal Trainer

  • The Personal Fitness Trainer Qualification (Certificate 4) may be completed in less than 6 weeks of training
  • Qualified and insured to design and deliver fitness programs to persons of low risk only (i.e. “healthy populations”)

Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP)

  • Allied Health Provider
  • University Degree qualified and accredited with ESSA
  • 500 hours of clinical experience necessary to gain accreditation with ESSA
  • Specialist in graded exercise therapy and lifestyle interventions for persons at risk of developing, or with existing, chronic and complex medical conditions and injuries (i.e. “specific populations”)
  • Registered with Medicare, DVA, WorkCover QLD
  • Qualified to perform personal training

“We know of no single intervention with greater promise than physical exercise to reduce the risk of virtually all chronic diseases simultaneously” – Booth et al, Journal of Applied Physiology 2000.


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Woolcock Street, QLD 4810

Phone: (07) 4771 3083 
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Emily Harding - Exercise Physiologist

Emily is our newest recruit to join the Health Studio team!



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