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Our professional members

Exercise scientists

Exercise scientists are 3 or 4 year (or equivalent) university trained exercise and sports science/ human movement studies graduates. They specialise in the design, implementation and evaluation of exercise and physical activity. They provide intervention for improving general health, prevention of chronic diseases,  and sports performance enhancement.

Exercise Science Elements (2013 version)

Exercise physiologists

Exercise physiologists are 4-year university qualified allied health professionals who specialise in the delivery of exercise, lifestyle and behavioural modification programs for the prevention and management of chronic diseases and injuries. EPs provide physical activity and behaviour change support for clients with conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, depressions, cancer, arthritis, COPD and many more.

ESSA provides the national accreditation program for exercise physiologists. Accredited exercise physiologists (AEPs) are recognised as allied health professionals and are eligible to register with Medicare Australia, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, WorkCover and have recognition among a number of health insurers.

AEP Scope of Practice (Revised June 2012)

Sports scientists

Sports scientists are 3 or 4 year university trained exercise and sports science/ human movement studies graduates. They specialise in helping an individual athlete or team to improve their sporting performance through the uses of scientific knowledge, methods and applications in the area of physiology, biomechanics, psychology, motor control and motor development. They evaluate research, assess and advise on the technical and practical aspects of training, injury prevention, technique analysis, and nutrition, optimisation of performance, and recovery practices in all areas and levels of sport.

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.