Fast forward to today
The recognition of Medicare continues to be one of the greatest milestones of ESSA’s history.
“Although the recognition of AEPs within Medicare happened while I was still at university, I have worked at ESSA now for the past seven years and I have gained such an appreciation for the amount of work, time, energy and passion that goes in to advocating for ESSA professionals, such as what went into gaining recognition in the NDIS.
They key characteristics I have observed is that it takes a cohesive effort, persistence in building relationships, strong evidence, the right type of environment, and a little bit of luck. Even 15 odd years later the Medicare breakthrough and those involved are still talked about and has served as inspiration for much of the work ESSA has done in recent times.” – Carly Ryan, AEP and ESSA Standards Manager.
“After the Medicare announcement, there was finally a defined career path for Exercise Physiology and the recognition of the role that exercise is medicine and people with a specific qualification are needed to undertake these roles.” – Anita Hobson-Powell, ESSA Chief Executive Officer.