Exercise Physiology


An Ethos Health Accredited Exercise Physiologist specialises in helping people recover from pain and injury, increase their motivation and compliance with physical activity, and manage and prevent known health conditions that impacts on peoples’ quality of life, such as obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

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Accredited Exercise Physiologists vs. PT


 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.

Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) 

  • 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’).


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. “apparently healthy populations”).

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What do Exercise Physiologists treat?


Exercise Physiologists work alongside our dietitians to deliver practical and effective programs to people with type 2 diabetes. See diabetes management page for more.

Cardiovascular disease:

Did you know the ‘right’ exercise can improve your blood pressure and cholesterol? An exercise physiologist can help you adapt the guidelines to suit your particular circumstances and possibly prevent another tablet being added to your morning routine.

Persisting pain (including back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain and knee pain):

In cases of persisting pain, people often lose one or more of their flexibility, strength and balance, which tends to exacerbate the problem. An Exercise Physiologist can accurately assess this dysfunction and prescribe exercises that are safe, practical and effective in returning you to your work and hobbies.

Falls prevention:

Falls can be hugely damaging in older people, with serious fractures being a common complication. Even without injury there is often an acute and crippling loss of confidence resulting in a downward spiral of inactivity, reduced strength, loss of independence and depression. Falls prevention exercises prescribed by an Exercise Physiologist can be safely and effectively performed in the home and help older people maintain the independence and good health.

Overweight and Obesity:

Losing weight isn’t just about diet. Working with our Accredited Practising Dietitians, an Ethos Health Exercise Physiologist can design an exercise program that is enjoyable, achievable and will assist you achieve your health goals.

Post stroke, traumatic or acquired brain injury:

Ethos Health exercise physiologists regularly work with patients during their rehabilitation from a stroke or other brain injury, helping restore the strength and mobility they need to achieve the maximum function possible.

Post operative care:

While a physiotherapist is best placed to assist in the early stages, improving pain and range of movement, Exercise Physiologists play a hugely important role in the recovery of higher level function down the track. So whether it’s a return to swimming after a shoulder operation, gardening after a back operation or tennis after a knee replacement, it’s highly likely they can assist you.


Did you know that the best evidence for management of early to moderate hip and knee osteoarthritis is exercise? This is where the expertise of an Exercise Physiologist comes to the fore – it’s all about unlocking the benefits of exercise by finding ways to get moving without pain. Even for patients with advanced disease or awaiting joint replacement, there is clear evidence that pre-operative muscle function has a huge influence on post-operative pain and recovery timelines.

Sports performance, strength and conditioning:

At the other end of the spectrum, as university-qualified exercise professionals, exercise physiologists can help teams and individuals achieve improved performance through sports specific strength and conditioning programs.