What to expect?

Exercise Physiology is the 'new kid' on the Allied Health block, so it can be a bit of an unknown for people who have not heard of it.  Below is a guide of what you can expect from Exercise Physiology services.

*Please note the descriptions are only a guide, and will vary depending on the individual, family and the clinical presentation of the individual, and referral type. ​

  • Appointments can be made either by calling directly, or sending an email through expressing your interest, and Lauren will speak with you to make the initial appointment.

  • You may be provided with a brief information sheet to complete prior to the initial appointment which provides a brief background, which allows us to plan ahead and make any necessary adjustments for your initial appointment. If necessary, a 'preparation card' can be provided prior to ease any anxiety about a new environment, person, or activity etc.

  • A referral from a doctor or health professional is not required (unless you are seeking treatment under an Enhanced Primary Care Plan from your GP). However, providing any information, reports or assessments regarding the individual is extremely helpful, as it allows us to best suit the needs of the individual.

  • The first session will focus on collaborating with the individual and their family, to formulate a plan to work toward the desired outcomes and goals. Some physical assessments or observation may take place during the first session. 

  • Depending on the complexity of the individual, a second session may be needed for additional  'physical' assessments.  These will be relevant to the goals identified in the initial assessment, and/or as recommended by a referring professional. Examples of these may include aerobic fitness, hand-eye coordination, gross and fine motor skills. These may occur as a formal or informal observation during the session. These allow us to gain a starting point, and give us something to compare to later to identify progress and improvement.

  • Once all assessments are completed, a report is written to summarise any findings, areas of concern, and goals for exercise therapy. The report will also include the discussed plan. A copy of the report will be provided to the family, referrer, or any other professionals who are involved in the care of the individual. 

  • Subsequent sessions following assessment will provide exercise therapy in various forms, and may use different equipment, to achieve goals outlined. 

  • Liasing with other professionals can be organised where necessary, or at the request of the family or other professionals, or NDIS.