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An exercise physiologist is a healthcare professional who gives people information and advice about exercise to help them manage and prevent injuries and chronic conditions. They put together individual exercise programs, provide counselling on how to maintain an active lifestyle and make sure that exercise programs are safe, effective and appropriate for the person.

Exercise physiologists provide rehabilitation services and work with people who have or are recovering from a range of conditions including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic pain, depression and cancer.

Services provided

  • Diagnosis and treatment
  • Sports-related health
  • Injury prevention
  • Management of acute and chronic conditions
  • Early intervention for those at risk
  • Information and advice
  • Health-related information
  • Worker's compensation and Department of Veterans’ Affairs requirement


Appointments can be made directly without a referral.

Your doctor or other health professional may also refer you to an exercise physiologist.

How to access

Find out more about exercise physiologists

Visit the Exercise and Sports Science Australia website

Call (07) 3171 3335


The cost of an exercise physiologist varies depending on the treatment. Contact the clinic before you attend if you are unsure of the cost.



Conventional healthcare – allied health


Industry self-regulated


Optional registration through Exercise and Sport Science Australia


  • Make sure your exercise physiologist is registered with Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA).


  • Some exercise physiologists provide home-based care.
  • Only exercise physiologists accredited with Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) can provide services under some Medicare programs.
  • Exercise physiologists have to undertake continuing education every three years to maintain their accreditation.