Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between a Physiotherapist and an Exercise Physiologist? 

Both professions can provide exercise, so can easily be confused.

An Exercise Physiologist considers the 'whole' picture, considering lifestyle and behaviour factors, and self-management, while also being extremely knowledgeable in the body and body systems and the role exercise will play physiologically, or how the body may respond to exercise with the presence of a chronic condition or disability. 


Physiotherapists on the other hand, will often consider more on the impairment, physical limitation, pain and may prescribe assistive devices to support the individual. 

It is important to know that both Physiotherapists and Exercise Physiologists can work together to support you.

When might someone need to see an Exercise Physiologist?

  • Difficulty to engage in physical activity, exercise or sport because of low fitness and strength, or disability or health limitations.

  • Difficulty with poor balance, poor coordination, or difficulty keeping up with peers at school, or in team sports.

  • Difficulty finding the motivation to participate in physical activity. 

  • Difficulty with fatigue, or posture throughout the day. 

  • Unsure how to safely exercise with a particular health condition or disability, or returning from injury.

  • Support learning specific sport skills or rules to allow you to participate better

  • Want some general advice specific to you

These are just some examples. If you aren't sure if Exercise Physiology is what you are after, please get in contact!

Do I need a referral?

You do not need a referral to see an Exercise Physiologist.

The only instance where a referral will be required is if you wish to claim services through a Medicare care plan, in which case your GP will need to provide you with one.

For all other circumstances , no formal referral is required. However, if you are unsure, please get in touch and we can clarify. 

Can you work with other allied health to support my/my child's goals? 


Achieving Abilities believes in communicating with other allied health professionals, or other appropriate people, involved to get the best outcomes. 

Often there will be multiple professionals involved - an OT may be helping with daily tasks or fine motor skills, an Exercise Physiologist working on gross motor skills and physical conditioning, a Physiotherapist assisting with pain and also physical conditioning, and a Speech Pathologist supporting language and communication.

We can also support learning in other therapies, such as OT or Speech Pathology, by applying them in Exercise Physiology to help with skill transfer to different situations.

Will you come to my child's school?

Yes, a school visit can be arranged either to provide exercise therapy sessions, or to assess and support P.E lessons.

Appointments to come out to sport training to support the individual is also possible. 

Home visits are also available where necessary or more appropriate than in clinic. 

There may be additional costs for travel. 

I have a gym membership, will you review my technique and/or give me a program?

Yes, certainly. 

Achieving Abilities may be able to come to your gym, depending on your gyms specific rules etc.

However, if we are unable to, we can certainly still provide you with a program and walk you through it in the clinic, and review any current programs too. 

There may be additional costs for travel. 

How many sessions do I need?

The number, and frequency, of sessions is very much individual, and dependent on goals.

Some clients come weekly, some clients fortnightly, some monthly for reviews. 

It really will depend on individual presentation and goals, so we can't provide a general statement on here. However, once we know your specific circumstances we can guide you on this. 

I have a plan review coming up, can you write a report for the NDIS?

Yes, we can write a report for your upcoming plan review to highlight how the Exercise Physiology intervention has supported you.

If you are wanting to commence Exercise Physiology sessions as part of your next NDIS plan, we can write something specific to you that you can take to your planning meeting too.

Have another question?

If you have a question about any of our FAQs, or if you have another question, please contact us today via the contact box below, or giving us a call.