ESSA Members Empower Health and Well-being by Reducing the Burden of Chronic Diseases

22 May 2023

New data from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare reveals the ongoing prevalence of chronic diseases as the leading cause of disease burden in Australia. In light of these statistics, Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA) underscores the pivotal role of its members in combatting these challenges and improving the health outcomes of Australians.

The AIHW report highlights that chronic conditions, including coronary heart disease, dementia, back pain and problems, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and anxiety disorders, contribute significantly to the burden of disease across the nation. As these conditions persistently impact the well-being of individuals and communities, the expertise of ESSA members becomes even more crucial.

ESSA members, including Accredited Exercise Physiologists and other exercise and sports science professionals, are at the forefront of this battle, equipped with specialised knowledge, skills, and unwavering dedication to making a positive impact. By providing evidence-based exercise prescriptions and guidance, they play a substantial role in alleviating the burden of chronic diseases.

Accredited Exercise Physiologists are particularly instrumental in chronic disease management, designing tailored exercise programs that address individual needs and limitations. Their expertise in exercise prescription for conditions like coronary heart disease not only improves cardiovascular health but also helps manage symptoms and enhance overall quality of life.

"As the peak professional body for exercise and sports science professionals in Australia, we take immense pride in our members' commitment to improving the health and well-being of Australians," said Anita Hobson-Powell, CEO at ESSA. "Through their expertise and unwavering dedication, we can collectively reduce the burden of chronic diseases and empower individuals to lead healthier, more fulfilling lives.

ESSA encourages individuals, healthcare providers, and policymakers to recognise and support the vital role of its accredited professionals in addressing the burden of chronic diseases. By collaborating with ESSA members, individuals gain access to evidence-based exercise programs, personalised care, and ongoing support to effectively manage their conditions.

Together, let us champion the efforts of ESSA members as they contribute to a healthier future for all Australians. By embracing the expertise and guidance of accredited exercise and sports science professionals, we can work towards reducing the burden of chronic diseases and fostering a society that thrives on optimal health and well-being.