Exercise Physiologists are the Experts of Exercise

Inspiring & informing North West Tasmanians to be healthier and more active.

What is Exercise Physiology?

Exercise Physiology is a discipline which is primarily the domain of graduates from the areas of Human Movement Studies or Exercise Science. They are active in the areas including:

* Post acute injury or surgery rehabilitation through exercise;
* The enhancement of quality of life through health promotion;
* Prevention of injury and disease/disorders that result from a lack of movement/activity;
* Sports performance enhancement

Coastal Physiotherapy have two Accredited Exercise Physiologists on staff in the Burnie clinic, Simon West and Jarrod Wilson.

Our Exercise Physiologists are Accredited with Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) and are registered Medicare providers. To become an accredited Exercise Physiologist with ESSA, there are stringent criteria that must be met including 500 hours of clinical experience. For more information on the scope of practice of an Exercise Physiologist, see Exercise & Sports Science Australia’s website.

Exercise & Sports Science Australia

Both Exercise Physiologists at Coastal Physio are qualified as Pilates instructors and run group classes along with individual sessions.

Why a qualified Exercise Physiology provider rather than say, a personal trainer ?

The more extensive training /education required to be an Accredited Exercise Physiologist as opposed to that required by gym instructors, fitness leaders and personal trainers make them ideal for dealing with ‘at risk’ populations, such as those with musculoskeletal injuries and metabolic disorders.

Accredited Exercise Physiologist vs. Personal Trainer

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”).

Supervised Gym Programs To Get You Back On Your Feet.

Supervised strength and conditioning programs are supervised by Accredited Exercise Physiologists and Physiotherapists in a spacious and well equipped new gymnasium. The programs cater for Medicare Enhanced Primary Health Care Plans, Department of Veteran Affairs, Private Health fund cardholders, Workers Compensation, Motor Vehicle Accident Insurance Board clients and the general public. They are adept at modifying exercise programs to work around/with injuries or conditions that have previously been a barrier to exercise. The variety of equipment allows for flexibility and a personalised approach to your exercise prescription.

Weight Management Programs Designed to Meet Your Needs

Our qualified Exercise Physiologists (Simon West and Jarrod Wilson) can develop a personalised weight loss program, which is supervised and structured to suit your needs and goals. This one-on-one approach will ensure that you are exercising in safe and friendly surroundings. We specialise in treating acute and chronic injuries and health conditions so if you feel like you are held back from losing weight in any way, we can certainly work around this. If too you feel intimidated by gyms or personal trainers, we provide a less threatening environment for you to lose weight without the added stress. So, regardless of the reason you want to lose weight, come in and see us for the best advice and for a specific weight loss program. It may be just the motivation you need!

Diabetes Management

towel, gym shoes, drink bottle and weights

Diabetes Prevention and Management Programs are available to patients who are being treated for or are at risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes. We also see Type 1 Diabetic patients in the Burnie clinic to develop strategies to assist in the management or their condition.

Jarrod Wilson runs a Type 2 Diabetes program at the Burnie clinic which is funded by Medicare. This is an 8 week group program and all that is required is a suitable referral from the GP.

About The Programs:

Patients can access services privately, through Private Health Care Funds or through an Enhanced Primary Health Care Plan issued by their General Practitioner. Group diabetes sessions are also available through Medicare.

Programs aim to:

Provide activity strategies to optimise health, maintain a healthier weight range, and establish improved glycemic control.
Develop strategies to alter dietary in take to provide healthier options.
Will encourage and support clients to self-monitor their progress.

Did you know that exercise physiologists are classified as primarly health care practitioners? This means you can make an appointment as a private patient without requiring a referral from a GP or specialist.  Book an assessment to activate your health.