Exercise Physiology Morayfield & Sippy Downs

“If exercise could be packaged in a pill, it would be the single most widely prescribed and beneficial medicine in the nation.”
Robert Butler, US National Institute on Ageing

What is exercise physiology? 

Exercise physiology is an allied health profession that helps you prevent or manage a range of health issues by exercising your body.

To help you get in better shape, your exercise physiologist may provide:

  • Behaviour change coaching
  • Health education
  • Exercise counselling and prescription.

You’ll tend to find that exercise physiologists are very down-to-earth, practical people. 

We know life is busy. 

We know work tethers you to your computer, sitting you on your backside all day. 

We know it’s daunting to start exercising again.

But we also know that it’s time for you to make a change to improve your health. And we know we can help you do that. We can help you learn to enjoy exercise, to feel good in your body and to benefit from improved health and wellbeing.

Aster Exercise Physiology Gym


By making small, but significant changes. 

By enjoying more active leisure time and increasing incidental physical activity.

By finding a tailored plan that works for your situation.

By finally silencing that inner critic who says you can’t maintain it (because you can!).

Why book a session with an exercise physiologist?

The best available evidence suggests that humans are complicated beings with pain influenced by the confluence of psychological, social and physical factors!

Exercise physiology can help you if you’re at risk of developing or have been diagnosed with:

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Breathing problems or conditions like COPD or emphysema
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Diabetes
  • Neurological disorders like multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease or spinal cord injuries
  • Musculoskeletal disorders like arthritis, osteoporosis, chronic low back pain, knee pain and sprained ankles
  • Depression or other mental health conditions
  • Cancer.

You may also benefit from seeing an accredited exercise physiologist (AEP) if you:

  • Want advice and support to improve your health through lifestyle changes
  • Need rehab after surgery
  • Want an assessment of your functional capacity
  • Haven’t exercised in a while and want to learn how to do so safely.

What’s the difference between a physiotherapist and an exercise physiologist? 

We get this question a lot and we understand why. There are similarities between physiotherapists and exercise physiologists, but there are also some important differences between these two types of allied health providers. 

Accredited exercise physiologist


University trained

Registered with their professional body

Required to undertake ongoing professional development to maintain skills

Rebates available from Medicare, NDIS, TAC, WorkCover and private health funds

Able to manage injuries and chronic health conditions

Methods for managing injuries and chronic health conditions

Clinical exercise interventions

Lifestyle modifications


Behaviour change coaching

Self-management concepts


Hands-on treatment


Prescribed exercises



Exercise physiology at Sycamore Health

Sycamore Health is a multidisciplinary clinic which gives you the benefit of input from a range of health professionals. Our exercise physiologists work closely with our physiotherapy team to deliver fun and evidence-based exercise programs. Exercise physiology is available at both our Morayfield and Sippy Downs locations.

Meet our accredited exercise physiologists

Abby has completed years of study and performed hundreds of hours of clinical work to become a skilled and knowledgeable (not to mention fun!) accredited exercise physiologist (AEP) who delivers an individualised program tailored to your specific needs. 

Abby can help you develop an effective exercise plan to improve your strength and overall health whether you’re coming through the NDIS, Medicare or other government schemes or as a private client using your health fund.

Aster graduated from QUT with a Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science however, soon enrolled at ACU to complete her Masters of Clinical Exercise Physiology after she realised working in a clinical setting was more meaningful to her.

Aster has special interest in Neurological Conditions and Children and Adolescent Development. She is passionate about utilising exercise therapy in a fun and engaging way to improve function and quality of life in people facing health limitations. 

Abby Kissick Exercise Physiologist
Aster Tanguilig Exercise Physiologist

What to expect at your appointment?

Don’t worry – nothing alarming will happen! Here’s what to expect:

  1. A chat about your medical history and your reasons for seeing an exercise physiologist
  2. A few exercises to help our exercise physiologists assess your condition
  3. A discussion of your goals, including obstacles and opportunities 
  4. Setting some goals and developing a plan to achieve them using exercise and lifestyle modifications.

With an in-depth knowledge of the research, a passion for sport and exercise, and an infectious enthusiasm to help their clients, an exercise physiologist is a strong asset to have in your corner and help to achieve your goals.

Over the course of your sessions, they'll work with you to have a lasting impact on your functional capacity and quality of life.

If you would like any further information, or would simply like to meet the team, give us a call or come on down. We'd love to help you get fitter and stronger.


All information is general in nature. Patients should consider their own personal circumstances and seek a second opinion.

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