Who is an Exercise Physiologist?
The term “exercise physiologist” describes university trained professionals from within the field of exercise science who have specialised into either health and fitness or exercise rehabilitation streams.
Exercise Science based Interventions
Our Exercise Physiologists use fundamental principles of exercise physiology to minimize the risk of chronic diseases associated with physical inactivity and to treat those already afflicted. The scope of practice ranges from apparently healthy individuals with no known medical problems to patients with documented cardiovascular, pulmonary, metabolic, rheumatoid, orthopedic, and/or neuromuscular diseases and conditions. We also specialise in Enhanced Primary Care Plans and Diabetes Programs induced by Medicare Australia, Workers Compensation Programs approved by WorkCover, Third Party (CTP) and Private Health environments.
Our Exercise Physiologists delivering the exercise and lifestyle programs have full membership and hold applicable accreditation with the Australian Association for Exercise and Sport Science (AAESS) and therefore posses core skills and competencies outlined in their code of conduct. As a result, we attained recognised status and became registered providers with Medicare Australia, Department of Veterans Affairs, WorkCover NSW and many Insurance and Third Party (CTP) Rehabilitation Providers.
Our Exercise Physiology services offered are mainly carried out in our Head Centre but are also offered in community (including home visits), corporate, commercial, university fitness and wellness centers, nursing homes, and senior citizen centers.
What is Enhanced Primary Care (EPC) program
The Enhanced Primary Care (EPC) program was introduced to provide more preventive care for older Australians and improve coordination of care for people with chronic conditions and complex care needs.
Which patients are eligible?
Patients who have a chronic condition and complex care needs that are being managed by their General Practitioner (GP) under an Enhanced Primary Care (EPC) plan may be eligible. A chronic medical condition is one that has been (or is likely to be) present for six months or longer. It includes conditions such as asthma, cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, musculoskeletal conditions and stroke.
Eligible patients that are referred by their GP are allowed under EPC the services of an Exercise Physiologist 5 times within a calendar year and will receive a rebate of $52.50 per session through Medicare. Rebates are also available through selected private health insurers.
Note: GPs are encouraged to refer patients for individual Exercise Physiology services under items 10950 to 10970; to Fitness Clinic Exercise Physiology Services.
Exercise Therapy Intervention
Upon attending the clinic, all patients receive an exercise prescription that is particularly tailored to suit their individual needs in management of their health conditions. The program is introduced with practical instruction and preference to be performed on daily basis from the patients accessible resources. The main emphasis of the program is that enables patients to take responsibility for maintaining appropriate physical activity habits in the long term which as a result will enhance their management of health conditions and everyday life.
All Fitness Clinic Exercise Physiologists conducting services in this field are approved by Medicare Australia to deliver treatment services.
Our Exercise Physiology services offered are mainly carried out in our Head Centre but are also offered in community (including home visits), nursing homes, and senior citizen centers.
WorkCover Third Party (CTP) case management
Fitness Clinic has an extensive record of providing exercise based treatment services for effective rehabilitation in the case management of Workers Compensation and the Third Party (CTP) Insurance.
Our case management structure is a set of clearly defined practices, supported by quality assurance and continuous improvement. It ensures successful management of claims from the initial referral through to return to work outcomes, supported by our team of rehabilitation expert practitioners.
Outcome focused rehabilitation
We treat each case distinctively according to the result of the initial assessment and /or previous rehabilitation provider reports. The rehabilitation program, rehabilitation and return to work plan is intended to assist the worker to return to work or to achieve their optimal level of recovery.
The initial phase of the program is based on supervised instruction and aims to coach the client the prescribed exercises and essential skills to manage and treat their injury. The program session is usually between 45-60 min in duration which is custom-made to meet the physical tolerance of the client.
Our focus is to progress our clients physical status within the limits restricted by the injury. The program also integrates specific exercise therapy related to the clients injury, work demands and particular work activities.
The case management program incorporates all parties in the decision making and the goal setting. The aim is to create the functional exercise program that meets its purpose to restore an injured client to pre-injury physical capacity in the shortest time possible.
Our objective is simply to deliver the cost-effective case management service and equally so ensure a timely, safe and durable return to work success for injured workers. Effective communication and relationship with key stakeholders help us to identify potentially unnecessary services and implement required treatment alternatives.
Every Exercise Physiologist providing services has attained prescribed training and is approved by WorkCover NSW to deliver treatment services to injured NSW workers.
The successful Fitness Clinic Workers Compensation rehabilitation services are underpinned by continuous support of our staff in their professional development and the implementation of the latest exercise and rehabilitation methodologies.
Our WorkCover and Third Party (CTP) case management services offered are mainly carried out in our Head Centre but are also offered in corporate, commercial fitness and wellness centers.
What is the type 2 Diabetes patients program?
The Type 2 Diabetes group exercise intervention program is a Medicare Plus initiative for patients with Type 2 Diabetes. Patients who will most benefit from group services are likely to be those who demonstrate a readiness to change, are able to contribute to group processes effectively and have a potential for self management.
Which patients are eligible?
A patient must have type 2 diabetes. Before referring patients, the General Practitioner (GP) must put in place:
– a GP Management Plan item 721 (or review item 725); or
– for a resident of a residential aged care facility, the GP must have contributed to, or reviewed, a care plan prepared by the facility (item 731) .*
Eligible patients that are referred by their GP are allowed for one allied health assessment for group services (item 81110) and for a maximum of eight group services (item 81115) per calendar year.
Exercise Group Services
During the initial assessment, one of our Exercise Physiologists will coordinate a comprehensive patient history, identification of individual goals and preparation of the patients ability for an appropriate group services program. According to the assessment results all suitable patients will be assigned an exercise group of between 2 and 12 persons. The program goal is to educate and enable patients to take responsibility for maintaining appropriate physical activity habits to enhance their management of Type 2 Diabetes.
All Fitness Clinic Exercise Physiologists conducting services are approved by Medicare Australia to deliver exercise group services.
Exercise Physiology for Veteran Community
Fitness Clinic offers Exercise Physiology services to Department of Veteran Affairs (DVA) eligible persons for continuous improvement of all areas of health care. Exercise physiology is a clinical exercise intended to manage chronic disease and help individuals recover from major illness or injury.
Which patients are eligible?
Patients who have been elected to be treated under DVA arrangements and hold a current Gold Card; or a White Card; or written authorisation on behalf of a Commission.
Patients who have been elected to be treated under DVA arrangements and hold a current: Gold Card; or a White Card; or written authorisation on behalf of a Commission.
Please note: Treatment, regardless of eligibility, must be based on assessed clinical need.
An entitled person is required to have referral in order to obtain exercise physiology services. The referral can come from:
– a Local Medical Officers (LMO);
– a General Practitioner (GP);
– a medical specialist;
– another exercise physiologist who has a current referral and is transferring the entitled person;
– a hospital discharge planner; or
– a treating doctor in a hospital.
However, the referral must be written on either a DVA Request/Referral Form (Form D904) or official practitioners letterhead or referral pad. All referrals must include:
– the name of the entitled person to whom the services will be provided;
– the DVA file number of the entitled person;
– the referrers health care provider number (or hospitals provider number if discharge referral);
– the date of referral; and
– the condition to be treated.
Exercise Physiology Intervention
Fitness Clinic Exercise Physiologists deliver best practice in comprehensive, integrated and cooperative approach to the continuous improvement of all areas of health care delivery to the eligible patients. The treatment process is entirely patient focused according to patient assessments and clinical needs. Upon attending the clinic, all patients receive an exercise prescription that is particularly tailored to suit their individual needs in management of their health conditions.
All Fitness Clinic Exercise Physiologists conducting services are approved by Medicare Australia and meet competencies to deliver treatment services to DVA eligible persons.
Our Exercise Physiology services offered to eligible DVA patients are mainly carried out in our Head Centre and also offered in home visits, nursing homes, public hospitals and senior citizen centers.We also offer mobile services by home visits, nursing homes and public hospitals.
Please visit or contact DVA web home page www.dva.gov.au
The National Disability and Insurance Scheme (NDIS) supports all Australians under the age of 65 to help improve lifestyles for over thousands of individuals with disabilities as well as their carer’s and families.
Fitness Clinic is a registered provider for the NDIS and its exercise physiologists provide services under the ‘Improved Health and Well-being’ Category to assist clients in designing, delivering and evaluating safe and functional exercise interventions for people whose disability impacts on their ability to perform daily activities of living.
Some conditions suitable for exercise physiology funding include;
- Progressive neurological conditions (Multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s)
- Stroke, traumatic or acquired brain injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Mental health
- Cerebral Palsy
- Muscular Dystrophy
- Spina Bifida
- Intellectual disability
The exercise physiology programs are designed to increase overall strength, mobility, cardiovascular endurance and balance/co-ordination to increase an individual’s quality of life and functional capacity, as well as reducing the incidence of secondary complications such as cardiovascular disease, obesity and diabetes.
All exercise physiology services can be requested as part of your Participant Plan under the Support Category of Improved Health and Well-being.