Exercise Physiology

What is Exercise Physiology

Exercise Physiology is the delivery of safe and effective exercise interventions (programs) for people with acute, sub-acute or chronic medical conditions, injuries, or disabilities.

Our Accredited Exercise Physiologists (AEPs) can design tailored exercise programs to boost your strength, health, fitness, balance, and flexibility.

If you’re dealing with a medical condition, injuries, or disability; Como Fitness’ Accredited Exercise Physiologists will establish your needs, then structure a personalised movement and exercise program that can be completed at our 24/7 gym in Como or at your home.

It’s all about creating a better you!

There are many benefits for Seniors to get active and keep active. Our Exercise Physiologists can provide guidance, advice, and support. These benefits include:

  • Keep you safe from falls.
  • Help to control your aches and pains.
  • Help you to maintain your independence.
  • Slow the decline in cognition, mobility, and strength.
  • Improve your mobility so you can perform activities of daily living.
  • Increased muscle strength, flexibility, balance, and overall wellbeing.
  • Help to manage psychological wellbeing and mental health illness: depression, anxiety.

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No referral is required to see an Accredited Exercise Physiologist.

You can call to book an appointment and use your Private Health Insurance with on the spot claiming available. (We highly recommend you check your policy to ensure you are covered to avoid disappointment).

However, you may be eligible for a referral through one of the following. If you are referred through any of these referral pathways (compensable schemes) listed below, there is NO out-of-pocket expense.

  • Medicare – Care Plan
  • Medicare – GP Management Plan for Type 2 Diabetes
  • NDIS
  • Department of Veteran Affairs (DVA – D904)
  • My Aged Care Packages

Further detail on each of these referral pathways (compensable schemes) are outlined below.

Exercise physiologists can assist with cardiovascular, kidney, and mental health disorders and any other conditions for which there is evidence that exercise can improve health, fitness and wellbeing.

·         Diabetes and Obesity

·         Osteoarthritis

·         Osteoporosis

·         Lower back pain

·         Respiratory / Pulmonary Conditions (COPD)

·         Neuromuscular Conditions

·         Autoimmune Conditions

·         MS / Strokes

·         Rheumatoid Arthritis

·         Joint replacements

·         Mental Health Illness

·         Cancer – Strength & Conditioning

·         Musculoskeletal conditions

·         Depression / Anxiety / PTSD

·         Cardiovascular Disease / Heart Conditions

·         Metabolic Conditions

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There two types of Medicare Referrals available. Both referrals are available through your GP.  There are NO out-of-pocket expenses for patients.

Care Plan

A Chronic Disease Care Plans or Enhanced Primary care program is a GP referral for chronic health conditions.  Often called a “Care Plan”; you may have up to 5 x consults per year. And every year.

Common chronic conditions include:

·        Diabetes and Obesity·        Osteoarthritis
·         Osteoporosis·         Lower back pain
·         Pulmonary Conditions (COPD)·         Neuromuscular Conditions
·         Autoimmune Conditions·         Cardiovascular Disease / Heart Conditions
·         Rheumatoid Arthritis·         Joint replacements
·         Mental Health Illness·         Depression / Anxiety / PTSD

Diabetes Group Exercise Plan

For people with Type II Diabetes there is, additional to the Care Plan, a GP Management Plan for patients with Type II diabetes. Often called a “Diabetes Group Exercise Plan”; you can have up to 8 x Group Exercise Classes per year.

This is specifically for people who a pre-diabetic, patients with Type II diabetes or people diagnosed with Metabolic Syndrome to attend Group Exercise Classes.

Already have a Care Plan or Diabetes Group Exercise Plan?

Call 9450 8888 to book your appointment.

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Exercise Physiology services can be undertaken at your home or at our 24/7 gym in Como.

My Aged Care (“MAC”) Packages are comprised of 3 x different Packages that can provide Exercise Physiology Services to help Seniors maintain their health, well-being, and independence.

These Packages are:

  • Home Care Package (HCP)
  • Short term restorative care (STRC)
  • Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP)

These 3 x Packages usually include a therapy component which can be used to undertake an exercise therapy program with an Exercise Physiologist at your home or at our 24/7 gym in Como.

The MAC system can be quite difficult to navigate for all users. Unfortunately, Exercise Physiology services through these My Aged Care Packages is terribly advertised. We suggest that you discuss your options with your Care Organisation/Provider to ensure you fully understand what’s available to you.

Depending on the specifics of your My Aged Care Package you can receive services, either at home or at our 24/7 gym in Como, by following these simple steps.

Step 1

Contact your care organization/provider to ensure your My Aged Care Package includes therapy funding.

Step 2

Call Como Fitness on 9450 8888 to discuss your needs and make an appointment with our Exercise Physiologist.

Step 3

Como Fitness and your Care Organization/Provider will then set up a service agreement.

Step 4

Attend your initial appointment to commence your Exercise Physiology. And start creating a better you with a better quality of life and continued independence.

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Como Fitness 24/7 have an extensive history working with Veterans from many different eras. Our Exercise Physiologists understand the unique nature of Veterans physical and psychological conditions.

In particular, Damian Pavlinovich (Principal Exercise Physiologist), set up many of the health and exercise programs throughout Western Australia over 20 years ago. This was called the Heart Health Program for Vietnam Veterans.

He started working with the Veterans Counselling Service (now called Open Arms) in the early 2000’s improving Veterans’ quality of live, improving their relationships, gaining control over their health conditions and re-introducing them to fitness.

His recognition of the unique needs for Veterans combined with his approach, where every is equal, has seen many Veterans’ s re-introduced to a healthier life.

Entitled DVA clients (Gold Card or White Card) may be referred for to Exercise Physiology treatment by their general practitioner on a valid D904 referral form. Upon referral DVA will pay for clinically necessary treatment.

These benefits include:

  • Advice and guidance from someone you understand the unique needs of Veterans’.
  • Exercise plans focused on gaining control over health conditions such as Diabetes.
  • Improving Veterans fitness and quality of life.
  • Exercise treatment program focused on improving mental wellbeing.
  • Improving mood, sleep quality and energy levels.
  • Exercise plans that reduce Pain, Tiredness and Fatigue.
  • Building strength and improving balance.
  • Improve Fitness, Mobility, Endurance, Balance and Flexibility.
  • Consultations are available in our 24/7 gym in Como or at your home.


Already have a Referral – so what happens now? Call 9450 8888 or click the ‘Enquire Now’ button to book your appointment.

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Need to Rehabilitate?  Need to restore your optimal physical function, health and wellness? Look no further than Como Fitness’ Accredited Exercise Physiologists (AEPs).

If you are a member of a Private Health Fund you may be eligible for a rebate for our services. Most Private Health Insurance policies include Exercise Physiologists and Physiotherapy in their Extra’s Cover. Why not check your policy and see if you can maximise your benefits?

With On-the-Spot claiming and ALL major health funds accepted. Private health rebates are applicable if you have private health insurance with extras (we recommend checking your policy prior to booking your initial appointment). Individual consults and Group classes are claimable.


Health Fund Rebates for Exercise Physiology Services


Health Insurance Fund Extras CoverIndividual BenefitGroup Benefit
AHM Health InsuranceAllYesNo
GMF HealthSelectYesNo
Police HealthAllYesNo

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Within the NDIS Support Catalogue, Exercise Physiology is now included in the Improved Daily Living Skills Category and the Improved Health and Wellbeing Category.

Depending upon your needs, goals and funding we are able to provide: ongoing weekly consultations, monthly program plannings and functional assessments for plan reviews.

Everyone is different, so the type of program developed for you will be based on your individual needs, goals and aims.

Our Exercise Physiology Services can be delivered in your home or at our 24/7 gym in Como. We can help you with your NDIS Plan goals to:

  1. Move more independently, building strength, participate in community/recreational activities and improve fitness.
  2. Reduce your risk of developing further restrictions that impair physical movement.
  3. To improve your movement, strength, mobility, and fitness

Exercise physiologists treat a wide range of conditions including:

  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Mental Health
  • Intellectual disability
  • Physical disability
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Stroke
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Chronic pain

To discuss your goals and needs please book an appointment to our Exercise Physiologist at your home or at our 24/7 gym in Como.

For more information call 9450 8888 or email contact@comofitness.com.au

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