Exercise Physiology Week A Chance To Promote New Services

Shae Johnson (Active Health Portland - Exercise Physiologist) and Graeme Learmont (Portland District Health - Exercise Physiologist)
Wednesday, 21 May 2014
Exercise physiology is a relatively new allied health profession in Portland but it is one that is growing in popularity.

A few years ago Portland didn't have any accredited exercise physiologists, today there are two.

To celebrate Exercise Physiology Week on May 26-30, the city's two accredited exercise physiologists Shae Johnson at Active Health Portland and Graeme Learmont at Portland District Health are launching a campaign to better inform the community about their role.

Activities planned during the week in conjunction with the PDH health promotion team include developing an information sheet, running a crossword competition for a $300 Elijah's Sportspower gift voucher and a street stall outside Safeway from noon on May 29.

Ms Johnson said the week provided an opportunity to better inform the community about their role.

She said that exercise physiologists were able to improve quality of life and promote a healthy lifestyle, but a lot of people in the community were still unsure about the role.

"Our focus is to use exercise to prevent, manage and treat complex medical conditions," Ms Johnson said. "We hope that by having a specific week we will be able to make people more aware of what we offer and how we can help."

Accredited exercise physiologists are different from personal trainers as they are university trained and able to treat clients with chronic conditions.

They also differ from fellow allied health professionals physiotherapists due to their focus on the use of exercise.

Ms Johnson said accredited exercise physiologists can support people with obesity, cardiovascular conditions, diabetes, osteoporosis, cancer, arthritis, pulmonary disease and other conditions.

"We empower clients to manage their health independently and help people to age well and age independently," she said.

The crossword competition is available from the health service Centre at PDH, reception at Active Health Portland and various Portland businesses including Elijah's Sportspower and the Observer office.

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