Exercise Physiologists
Exercise Physiologists

Physios and Exercise Physiologists are not the same….

Developing your confidence with an Exercise Physiologist

What is an Exercise Physiologist?

An Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) holds a four-year equivalent university degree and specialises in the exercise and movement for the prevention and management of chronic diseases and injuries. AEPs provide support for people with:

  • obesity
  • cardiovascular disease
  • diabetes
  • osteoporosis and arthritis
  • mental health conditions
  • cancer and cancer treatment recovery
  • chronic pain and fatigue
  • post-surgical rehabilitation (ACL reconstruction, hip/knee replacement)
  • neuromuscular exercise therapy (multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, Parkinson’s disease)
  • pulmonary disease and more


 The differences are:

  • They are university qualified
  • They undertake strict accreditation requirements
  • They are eligible to register with Medicare Australia, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs and WorkCover and are recognised by most private health insurers
  • They can treat and work with all types of people, those who want to improve their health and wellbeing to those unfortunately suffering from a chronic illness.

Accredited Exercise Physiologists are different by the possession of extensive knowledge, skills and experience in clinical exercise delivery and their ability to provide health modification counselling for people with chronic disease and injury.

GRIT Health has partnered with the team at Achieve Exercise Physiologists to provide a value add services to our members who want to exercise but either don’t know where to start or don’t want to use a gym (or both).

Headed by Troy Burgess who describes himself as enthusiastic, charismatic and dependable, Achieve has been in operation since 2012.  Holding a Bachelor of Exercise Physiology from James Cook University in Townsville Troy is the Owner, Director and Principal Exercise Physiologist with Achieve.
Prior to establishing Achieve, Troy worked with Work place rehabilitation & Mission Australia providing AEP services.
He pursued a career in health as an Exercise Physiologist after a family member passed away from a health problem that could have been prevented. He says he felt helpless knowing at the time that it was too late, and  that he couldn’t change anything and started Achieve to provide a service to help others prevent health conditions from affecting them and their family and friends.

Troy says he first became interested in rehabilitation after he seriously injured his left ankle playing basketball. After a very long recovery he assisted in refereeing and coaching in basketball (as he wasn’t allowed to play again) and needed an outlet for his endless teenage energy.  He also became heavily involved in athletics – track and field and competed in decathlons, representing Australia in the Oceania Games in 2007 for track and field athletics.

Now running for 6 years, Troy said that he loves his job and starting Achieve was the best decision he has made. Helping people improve their quality of life and being with them as they reach their goals is inspiring to Troy and his clients are a constant reminder of why the services his team provides are so important.

Troy and his team can be contacted through the Achieve website www.achieveexercise.com.au

GRIT Health is proud to be working with Troy and his team as we continue on our quest to kick chronic diseases to the kerb.

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