What is an Exercise Physiologist?

Exercise Physiologists (EPs) are tertiary qualified health care providers aiming to prevent or manage chronic disease or injury, and assist in restoring one’s optimal physical function, health and wellness.

EPs specialise in the delivery of clinical exercise, health education and lifestyle and behaviour modification programs for people with chronic conditions and healthy populations.

Accredited EPs are registered with Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) and are required to undertake continued education to maintain accreditation.

What is the difference between an Exercise Physiologist and a Personal Trainer?

Exercise Physiologists undertake university studies in the area of clinical exercise physiology and are required to meet an extensive approval process to gain national accreditation with ESSA.   EPs are specialists in exercise prescription and deliver exercise-based lifestyle and behaviour modification programs.

How much does an Exercise Physiologist Cost?

Fees for Exercise Physiologists vary according to individual practices and the type of service required.

Medicare rebates are available under the Medicare Benefits Scheme (MBS) for people suffering from chronic health conditions. Veterans may also be eligible for rebates.

Many of the major health funds offer rebates for Exercise Physiology Services – please see below for a list of funds offering rebates for Exercise Physiology services.

How can I access an Exercise Physiologist?

Contact Balance Exercise Physiology either by phone or e-mail to discuss your needs.

For the Medicare Benefits Scheme (MBS) or if you are a Veteran Client, please speak with your GP to obtain the necessary referral form.

What Health Funds offer rebates for Exercise Physiology services?

The rebatable amount offered for Exercise Physiology services varies for each health fund. Individuals are encouraged to check with their fund to confirm EP services are recognised according to their level of care. However, as a guide, the following private health funds offer rebates for Exercise Physiology services:

Australian Unity (AU)
Australian Health Management (AHM)
Commonwealth Bank Health Services (CBHS)
GMF Health
Grand United (GU) Health
BUPA Australia (includes HBA, MBF, Mutual Community, NRMA, SGIO, SGIC, ANZ, St. George and Health Cover Direct)
HCF / Manchester Unity
Medibank Private
Teachers Health Fund (THF)