Don’t put off accreditation – By 2014 it may be too late
IMPORTANT changes to accreditation guidelines from 2014 – ESSA will only be accepting Exercise Physiologist accreditation applications from graduates of NUCAP (National University Course Accreditation Program) approved courses (i.e. programs) as of 1 January 2014. That is, graduates of non-NUCAP approved courses will not be eligible to apply for exercise physiology accreditation (AEP) from this date.
If you are a graduate from a non-NUCAP approved course or are graduating from a non-NUCAP approved course in 2012 or 2013 and wish to apply to become an AEP, it is essential that your application is received by ESSA by 31 December 2013.
Accreditation as an exercise physiologist is the mark of an experienced and qualified health professional.
Awarded exclusively by Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA) to university qualified health professionals who have met the stringent accreditation criteria set by the organisation. In addition, if you wish to be a Medicare, Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Health fund or WorkCover provider, you must have an exercise physiology accreditation with ESSA.
What is an AEP?
An AEP is a university qualified allied health professional, who specialises in clinical exercise interventions for persons at high-risk of developing, or with existing chronic and complex medical conditions and injuries. These interventions are provided by exercise delivery including health and physical activity education, advice and support and lifestyle modification with a strong focus on achieving behavioural change. AEPs are the most qualified health professional to prescribe exercise for people with chronic disease.
What is the definition of Allied Health and Allied Health Professionals?
The allied health workforce in Australia is comprised of allied health professionals and technicians, assistants and support workers who work with allied health professionals. In this definition, Allied Health Professions Australia (AHPA) aims only to define the allied health professions and their professionals.
It is well accepted that the allied health sub-set of the Australian health professions does not include medical, nursing or dental professionals. In both the international and national domain there is no universally accepted definition of allied health professions. Instead, a range of definitions is used in various sectors.
Graduates from an accredited NUCAP course are eligible for exercise physiology accreditation, you must be an exercise science (full) member and you must have satisfied the exercise physiology criteria listed in the application form.
* Includes exercise science membership. To gain accreditation as an accredited exercise physiologist you are required to be an exercise science member.
Applicants for accredited exercise physiology must submit clinical placement logbooks for all hours completed after 1 January 2008 for each of the following three areas:
- apparently healthy;
- cardiopulmonary/metabolic; and
- musculoskeletal/ neurological.
To apply download an application form and post it to us with the full payment.
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Presented by Nardine Presland, ESSA Assessor
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