Simone Conly, Accredited Exercise Physiologist – working in a fatigue clinic
The UNSW Fatigue Clinic is Australia’s only integrated centre of research and clinical service that provides evidence-based health care for people with fatigue conditions, including chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), post-cancer fatigue (PCF) or post-infective fatigue syndrome (PIFS).
“My role as an AEP at the UNSW Fatigue Clinic here is quite unique. Sessions last between 45-60 minutes and cover everything from graded activity, graded exercise, sleeping patterns, mood, cognitive activities, planning of daily schedules, social activities, work, school schedules, etc. It is important to look at the person as a whole, including assessing both physical and cognitive activities since these can impact patient symptoms and function.
My job is to help patients establish a baseline level of activity, individualised to the patient, where daily tasks are managed without an exaggerated exacerbation in symptoms. As such, no two consults are the same.
As we know, exercise has its many benefits. Given the complexity of managing chronic fatigue, AEPs are crucial in delivering exercise prescription.”
Read the full interview from 2021 here.