We are happy to announce that we will now have the services of an Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) to add to our Physiotherapy team. Combined with our Physiotherapy team, we are glad to offer a multi-disciplinary approach to assisting you to get the best health outcome for your patients.
Katrina will be joining us, bringing experience in individual and group treatment of a variety of pathologies and assisting patients through lifestyle modification, exercise and rehabilitation. Katrina completed her Masters of Clinical Exercise Physiology at Charles Sturt University after graduating from her Bachelor of Exercise and Health Science degree at Australian Catholic University. Katrina is passionate about using an individualised holistic approach to rehabilitation and treatment to achieve long lasting outcomes. Katrina enjoys all aspects of Exercise Physiology, with special interests in cancer, diabetes and sporting injuries. Outside of the clinic Katrina enjoys playing and coaching netball for Pakenham Lions Football Netball Club as well as going to the beach and travelling. Katrina will be the only practicing Accredited Exercise Physiologist between Frankston and Cheltenham and is looking forward to helping you with patient management.
ACCREDITED EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGIST SCOPE OF PRACTICE
Accreditation with Australia’s peak sports science body, Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA), requires a minimum combination of knowledge, skills and reasoning. AEPs are dual accredited professionals, also holding accreditation as an exercise scientist.
AEPs specialise in clinical exercise interventions for a broad range of pathological populations. These persons may be at risk of developing, or have existing, medical conditions and injuries.
The aims of AEP interventions are to prevent or manage acute, sub-acute or chronic disease or injury, and assist in restoring one’s optimal physical function, health or wellness. These interventions are exercise-based and include health and physical activity education, advice and support for lifestyle modification with a strong focus on achieving behavioural change.
CORE EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY TARGET PATHOLOGIES
- Cancer including but not limited to breast cancer, prostate cancer and bowel cancer.
- Cardiovascular including but not limited to ischaemic heart disease (IHD) / acute myocardial infarction (AMI), chronic heart failure (CHF), arrhythmias and pacemakers, hypertension, peripheral artery disease (PAD), and valve disease.
- Kidney including but not limited to chronic kidney disease (CKD) stages 1-5, common aetiologies – diabetic nephropathy, hypertensive nephropathy, polycystic kidney disease, longterm medication use, infectious kidney disease, acute kidney failure (reversible), and end stage kidney disease.
- Mental Health including but not limited to anxiety disorders, affective disorders, psychotic disorders and trauma, and stressors related disorders.
- Metabolic including but not limited to overweight and obesity, metabolic syndrome, dyslipidaemias (acquired and familial), Type 1 diabetes, Type 2 diabetes, gestational diabetes, sleep apnoea, and polycystic ovarian syndrome.
- Musculoskeletal including but not limited to osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, acute, and sub-acute and chronic specific and non-specific musculoskeletal pain/injuries/disabilities.
- Neurological/Neuromuscular including but not limited to stroke (CVA), Spinal Cord Injury (SCI), Parkinson’s disease, Cerebral Palsy, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), dementia, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).
- Respiratory/Pulmonary including but not limited to asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary/airways disease, and cystic fibrosis.
Katrina will be available for appointments in the coming weeks, both at our clinic and at local gyms. She will be running a combination of individual sessions and group sessions.