Exercise Physiology

What is Exercise Physiology?

Accredited exercise physiologists (AEPs) hold a four-year university degree and are allied health professionals who specialise in the delivery of exercise for the prevention and management of chronic diseases and injuries. They provide support for clients with conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, mental health problems, cancer, arthritis, pulmonary disease and more. 


Exercise Physiologist vs Personal Trainer.

We often get asked what the difference is between a personal trainer and an exercise physiologist.  We hope this helps to clear it up.

Accredited Exercise Physiologists (AEPs) are not Personal Trainers. They 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.

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”).

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’).

Can an Exercise Physiologist help you?

Feel free to give us a call on 03 9722 9200, or email us at admin@embracesportsmedicine.com.au with any questions.


  • We BULK BILL Enhanced Primary Care Plans. Please speak with your GP if you are eligible for this
  • For all other consultations payment is appreciated on the day
  • We accept Visa, Bankcard, Mastercard, Amex, and EFTPOS, cheque and cash.
  • HICAPS is available for the added convenience to patients who have Private Health Funds cover for Exercise Physiology, enabling fast and easy on the spot claiming.