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Exercise Physiology


Accredited Exercise Physiologists

An Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) holds a university degree and specialises in the exercise and movement for the prevention and management of chronic diseases and injury. AEPs provide training in safe manual handling; perform functional assessments; carry out sub-maximal and maximal fitness tests; perform body composition tests and musculoskeletal assessments; and provide lifestyle education to help people manage their health conditions.


AEPs provide specialist support for people with:

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Osteoporosis & Arthritis
  • Mental health conditions
  • Cancer and cancer treatment recovery
  • Chronic pain and fatigue
  • Post-surgical rehabilitation (ACL reconstruction, hip/knee replacement)
  • Neuromuscular exercise therapy (muscle sclerosis, cerebral palsy, Parkinson’s disease)
  • Pulmonary disease and more


You might see an AEP to help you:

  • overcome persisting pain caused by injury or overuse
  • improve your heart health
  • rehabilitate following a cardiac event
  • prevent pre-diabetes from progressing to full diabetes
  • improve your general health and wellbeing


AEPs vs Personal Trainers

Accredited Exercise Physiologists (AEPs) are not Personal Trainers. AEPs are allied-health professionals with Medicare Provider numbers and are trained members of the health and medical sector. Fitness professionals (e.g. personal trainers) are members of the sport and recreation sector.

Personal Trainer Accredited Exercise Physiologists (AEP)
  • 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. “apparently healthy populations”).
  • Allied Health Provider
  • 4 Year University Degree qualified and accredited with ESSA
  • Specialise 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’).

Table Retrieved from ESSA (2015)