Services

NPEP provides Exercise Physiology services specific to the following needs. Please see adjacent table of contents for services listed on this page. Should a service not be listed please make an inquiry via email to admin@npep.com.au and we will endeavor to assist you in achieving your client centered goals.

Workplace Injury Rehabilitation

NPEP is accredited with ESSA and able to undertake RTWSA (formerly known as Work Cover) Exercise Physiology rehabilitation services.

Exercise Physiology services commence with a one hour initial assessment. Assessment of an injury involves a range of functional assessments specific to the injury to evaluate an injured workers strength and ability in line with their workplace physical demands. Initial and subsequent assessment information is provided to referring parties to assist recovery and return to work progression.

An assessment is used to guide for prescribing a physical conditioning program and provide functional performance markers which in turn will help with a safe and sustainable return to work in a timely manner.

Assessments are specific to the injury and nature of work and may include information and outcome measures including but not limited to the following:

 

  • Muscular strength and functional strength
  • Postural concerns and recommendations around re-aggravation risk reduction
  • Mental health concerns and social inclusion
  • Manual handling technique and safe lifting technique
  • Range of motion
  • Muscular and aerobic endurance
  • Body composition

 

Subsequent supervised sessions will follow an initial assessment to review manual handling and lifting technique, review program deficits and educate each client on progressive overload.  The number of supervised sessions is variable depending on each clients needs and injury complexities. The aim of each Exercise Physiology program is to progress a person to self-management when appropriate. A review assessment will occur six weeks post initial assessment to track outcome measures and progress towards achieving client centered goals. This information is provided to treating medical experts within 24 hours to assist in their patients rehabilitation and recovery.

An injured worker covered under RTWSA services would have their insurer charged directly from the RTWSA fee schedule. No GAP payment required.  See funding for additional information.

 

Veteran's Health

NPEP is experienced in Veteran’s health and wellbeing. Many veterans experience reduced health in one of more chronic conditions or are at risk of developing chronic conditions. The goal of each Exercise Physiology intervention is to assist veterans in achieving their personal and health goals in a safe and timely manner.

Veteran and Returned Service men and women have the right to improved health and wellbeing upon returning to civilian life and for those who are continuing to serve our country.

Veteran health and well-being programs are available to assist in chronic disease management and injury management including but not limited to:

 

  • Falls prevention
  • Mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression
  • Metabolic conditions such as diabetes, obesity
  • Mobility and flexibility
  • Muscular weakness
  • Osteoporosis
  • Arthritis
  • Heart conditions such as heart failure, high blood pressure and heart disease
  • Other age related concerns

Gold Card holders are eligible for referral for clinically necessary treatment for all health conditions covered under DVA. White Card holders are eligible for referral for clinically necessary treatment for accepted injury or illness. Please see link to funding for further information on making a booking.

Rehab in the Home

NPEP Exercise Physiologists offer rehab in the home services to assist those that cannot attend our gym based clinic locations. You may not be able to attend our gym locations for the following reason:

 

  • A lack of available transportation
  • Recent surgery or motor vehicle accident
  • Reduced mobility and falls risks
  • Preparation for surgery
  • Other ambulatory concerns

How the program works:

  1. A 45 minute initial assessment will occur taking into account your goals for the program and take assessment information to track your progress towards these goals. You will also be educated on your health deficits and lifestyle recommendations during this process.
  2. A second 30 minute appointment will occur to review your exercise program and adjust the program to suit your needs.
  3. Further one on one appointments and assessments can be arranged where required to assist your progression towards self-management of your program.
  4. Your goals and pre-exercise  measures will be reviewed as required to track your progress towards your health and well-being goals. This information will be forwarded to your treating doctor(s) to assist in the management of your health.

Funding for rehab in the home will depend on the type of referral. Please see funding page for your relevant referral. Should you be unsure of how this can be funded please contact the clinic via email (Admin@npep.com.au) or phone (0423 757 900).

Chronic Disease Management

How the program works:

  1. A 45 minute initial assessment will occur taking into account your individual health status and goals for the program. We will also review education on how to improve your lifestyle with small and simple changes and a provide a basic overview of your personalized exercise program. This will be sent to your treating doctor to assist him/her in looking after your health.
  2. A second 30 minute appointment will occur to review your exercise program and adjust the program to suit your needs and interests.
  3. You are then able to continue one on one exercise sessions or progress to a group class with your individualized program depending on your needs and interests.
  4. Your goals, health status and pre-exercise measures will be reviewed every four to six weeks to show you your progress and update your treating medical experts.

Please review funding options for chronic disease management programs here.

Diabetes 

NPEP offer exercise programs to assist those suffering from Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.

Exercise is a powerful tool in managing a person’s diabetes. Appropriate exercise can improve insulin control and reduce or prevent a person’s reliance on medications; much of which has negative side effects on a person’s health and well-being. Exercise can be used to:

  • Improve your insulin control and reduce your insulin reliance
  • Reduce your weight
  • Improve your mood and reduce stress
  • Reduce risk factors for other chronic diseases such as heart disease which can often be associated with diabetes.

How it works

Heart Health

The heart like any muscle can be improved through exercise. The importance of safe and specific exercise for chronic heart conditions such as hypertension (high blood pressure), Ischemic heart disease, Chronic heart failure, Myocardial infarction (heart attack) and various other heart disease needs to be paramount to reduce the risk of any adverse events and injuries.

NPEP Exercise Physiologists are trained in exercising patients with many complicated risk factors related to heart disease. Exercise specific to heart disease can be used to safely improve many aspects of your life including:

  • Improve your blood pressure
  • Reducing your reliance on medication
  • Improve cholesterol
  • Improve daily living function and mobility
  • Reduce fatigue 
  • Improve your mood and reduce stress
  • Reduce risk factors for other chronic diseases

Osteoporosis 

Resistance training has been shown to be effective in maintaining and improving bone health and strength. Exercise specific to osteoporosis can be used to safely improve many aspects of your life including:

  • Improve your age related bone mineral density
  • Reduce the risk of age related bone fractures and breaks
  • Improve your recovery following a fracture or fall
  • Reduce your risk of falls
  • Improve your mood and reduce stress
  • Reduce risk factors for other chronic diseases

Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Joint Dysfunction

A combined and specific exercise program has been shown to be effective in improving function and quality of life for those experiencing joint dysfunction related or unrelated to arthritic conditions. Exercise specific to arthritis or joint dysfunction is often used to:

  • Resolve muscle imbalances
  • Improve mobility
  • Reduce the frequency and intensity of arthritic episodes
  • Building capacity for work, sport and social life.
  • Improve function for activities of daily living needs
  • Address other client centered goals

Mental Health, Anxiety and Depression

You are not alone. Mental health concerns such as Anxiety, Depression and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder impact the lives of many South Australians.

A combined and specific exercise program has been shown to be effective in improving mental health and assisting in the recovery and rehabilitation from mental illness. Exercise specific to mental health can be used to improve many aspects of your life including but not limited to:

  • Improve your mood and reduce stress
  • Reduce social anxiety and improve social inclusion
  • Assist in maintaining health and well-being
  • Reduce the frequency of over-anxious and depressive states
  • Reduce risk factors for other chronic diseases

Chronic Pain and Chronic Fatigue

Chronic pain states are often accompanied by chronic fatigue and visa versa.

A combined and specific exercise program in conjunction with pain education has been shown to be effective in improving function, mobility and quality of life. Exercise specific to chronic pain and/ or fatigue can be used to improve many aspects of your life including but not limited to:

  • Function with activities of daily living tasks
  • Returning to family life activities
  • Increasing work capacity
  • Improve your mood and reduce stress
  • Reduce social anxiety and improve social inclusion
  • Assist in maintaining health and well-being
  • Reduce risk factors for other chronic diseases

Postural Problems, Running Pains and Sporting Conditions

Pain and discomfort can often be a result of poor posture, muscle imbalance, inefficient running and movement patterns and overuse injuries. These concerns can impact all walks of life from retirees to office workers, social and recreational sport participants and elite athletes.

Assessment of postural conditions or movement patterns require a range of functional assessments specific to the condition including but not limited to the following:

  • Postural review and education on how postural deficiencies impact on your symptoms
  • Assessment of walking and running technique
  • Muscular strength and functional strength review
  • Education on muscle imbalance and why specific exercises are chosen.
  • Postural concerns and recommendations around re-aggravation risk reduction
  • Manual handling technique and safe lifting technique if appropriate to your concerns
  • Range of motion and education on the importance of optimising range of motion of specific joints
  • Muscular and aerobic endurance if appropriate to your concerns or pain symptoms.