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The Neighbourhood Clinic no longer offers Exercise Physiology in-house.  

We strongly recommend the following providers.

For Exercise Physiology sessions:
Optimal Health Exercise Physiology 

Parkville and CBD locations

For Exercise Physiology sessions and group classes:

Performance Exercise Physiology 


Heidelberg Heights

For group classes:

Healthy Fit 


Fitzroy North


Exercise Physiology Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between an exercise physiologist and a 

An exercise physiologist can work with people who have a wide range of acute or chronic medical conditions and specialises in the utilising of exercise, education and lifestyle interventions.

Some of the conditions that an exercise physiologist can assist people with include –

Musculoskeletal conditions - Spine or joint pain, falls, strains and sprains
Chronic pain
Cardiovascular conditions – High blood pressure, heart disease
Respiratory conditions - COPD, asthma
Neurological conditions - Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease
Post-surgery rehabilitation
Mental ill-health
A physiotherapist will assess, diagnose and treat a variety of conditions and injuries, predominantly musculoskeletal injuries. Treatment includes hands on manual therapy as well as exercise advice.

What is the difference between an exercise physiology session and a personal
training session?

Personal trainers have completed a certificate 4 in fitness. Personal trainers are able to assess fitness, provide instruction and supervision to individual clients and groups. Their qualifications and insurance enable them to work with the general “healthy’ population.
To become an accredited exercise physiologist (AEP) you must complete an Undergraduate Degree in Exercise or Sports Science and a master’s degree of Clinical Exercise Physiology and achieve accreditation through the governing body Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA).
AEP’s are qualified to work with people with a whole range of injuries and medical conditions but can also provide expertise and advice for people who are healthy and want expert advice and guidance on how to get the most from their exercise. 

Is Exercise Physiology hard?

As part of an initial consultation, an exercise physiologist will conduct an assessment of your medical history, your goals and physical ability to ensure that the intervention is tailored to your needs and ability.
This program will be progressive and as you improve the program will be modified to continue to challenge you and help your reach your goals.

Do exercise physiologists specialise in sports medicine?

Exercise physiologist’s studies includes the pathophysiology of conditions and diseases, and the effective exercise prescriptions to assist with the rehabilitation, however, do not specialise in sports medicine, it is best to consult with a sports medicine Doctor who can assess whether an exercise physiologist is appropriate for you.

Do I need a Doctors referral to see an exercise physiologist?

Your GP may refer you to exercise physiology services where you may be able to claim a Medicare rebate. However, you do not need a referral to see an exercise physiologist and if you have health insurance, you may be able to claim a rebate.