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Frequently Asked Questions


What is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist?

An Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) is a 4-year university trained health professional who specialises in prescribing exercise, lifestyle and behavioural modification programs.  They prevent and manage chronic injuries and disease such as musculoskeletal injuries, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, depression, cancer, arthritis, chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases (COPD) and many more.  They have gained accreditation through ESSA (Exercise and Sports Science Australia).  This recognises them as allied health professionals and entitles them to provide services under Medicare Australia, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, WorkCover and many private health insurers. 


What is the difference between an AEP and a Personal Trainer?

There is a big difference in qualification levels between these two professions. A personal trainer is qualified to prescribe exercise to healthy clientele and usually gains a qualification through a TAFE or similar organisation.  The courses are often short courses allowing a personal trainer to be qualified after 6 weeks. A personal trainer works with stable, low risk clients, but does not have the in-depth training that an AEP does at post graduate level. 


An AEP studies at university for 4 years and completes 500 hours of clinical practice to gain accreditation.  An AEP tends to work in a clinical setting.  They provide advice to the general ‘healthy’ population as well as those with medical conditions.  They form part of a multi disciplinary team which can include doctors, physiotherapists, dietitians and diabetes educators.


Can I get rebates on my Exercise Physiology sessions?

We are registered to provide sessions for Medicare Australia, Department of Veterans' Affairs, Worksafe and TAC.  You will need to discuss this with your GP to find out if you are eligible.  If you are, a GP referral will be required.  Consultations with an AEP may attract a rebate from your private health fund as Exercise Physiology is listed under extras.  The rebate available does differ for each health fund, so check with your provider as to your entitlements. We have HICAPS on site to provide fast, easy claims.


What should I wear and bring to my appointment?

You should wear comfortable clothing that doesn’t restrict your movement.  If you are coming to a Pilates session, please wear socks and bring a towel.  If you have been referred by your GP, please bring any paperwork you have been given by your doctor.  


Where is Movement is Freedom located?

We are located in Templestowe Village on James St.  Next to Green Sage Cafe and Lotus Medispa. 


Is there a cancellation policy?

Yes. Appointments require 24 hours notice for cancellation.  If less than 24 hours notice is provided, a cancellation fee of up to 50% of the appointment fee may be charged.  If less than 12 hours notice is provided, a cancellation fee of up to 100% of the appointment fee may be charged.  We respect that your time is valuable and unexpected events may come up, but please respect our time and business as we would appreciate adequate time to fill the appointment.

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