“So, you’re like a physio yeah?”
Let’s just simply say – no, we’re not! Sure we may have studied similar subjects at university and we may work together in clinics, public health systems, etc. however we both use varying methods to treat our patients. Physiotherapists use joint mobilisation/manipulation, massage, electrotherapy, acupuncture, therapeutic exercise and hydrotherapy. On the other hand, Exercise Physiologist’s use exercise and physical activity for treatment but also look at lifestyle and behaviour modification. Exercise Physiologists are experts in metabolic conditions and exercise rehabilitation. Their role is to prevent/manage chronic disease, injury and disability.
“Will I need a referral from my GP to see ABC Exercise Physiology?”
Ideally, we would LOVE for you to see you GP for a referral as they contain most (if not all!) your medical history. They will also give you clearance to commence an exercise program.
If you are seeing an Exercise Physiologist via Medicare, Department of Veteran Affairs (DVA) or WorkCover, you will definitely require the appropriate referral document from your GP.
“How long do the consultations run for?”
An initial consultation runs for 60 minutes.
A follow-up/standard consultation runs for 45 minutes.
“How many consultations will I need?”
There are many factors that affect this answer: general health and age do play a role, however it does boil down to the severity of your condition and how well you follow our recommendations!
“Where are you located?”
ABC Exercise Physiology is a mobile service – attending to you in your home! If you do not feel comfortable, please inform us in advanced and we can organise an appropriate location to meet!
“Do you have credit card and EFTPOS services?”
We sure do! ABC Exercise Physiology has a mobile HICAPs machine that can process credit card and EFTPOS services and perform rebates for Medicare and some Private Health Insurers.
“Do you Bulk Bill ?”
No we don’t.
“What do I bring to my consultation?”
– Referral letter from GP.
– Recent imaging reports (X-rays, MRIs, Ultra Sound) and/or test results.
– Relevant paperwork to claim under Medicare, Workcover or DVA.
– Wear comfortable clothing
“What happens during the first consultation?”
A pre-screening questionnaire will be completed, gathering all your current and past medical concerns. We will discuss the reason for referral and any particular goals that you would like to achieve. You will then undergo a functional fitness assessment. This will provide us with some baseline data that we can utilise (together with your goals) to form the perfect program for you! Finally we discuss small lifestyle changes that can be made to start you on your way to achieving your goals.
If you have any further enquiries, please do not hesitate to contact ABC Exercise Physiology on 0403 521 045.