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DVA Exercise Physiology and How to Beat Pain

Exercise Physiology


DVA Exercise Physiology and How to Beat Pain

DVA Exercise Physiology, Chronic Pain, PTSD and You

If you have a DVA Gold Card the Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA) will pay for Exercise Physiology services to meet your needs here in Canberra.  If you have a DVA White Card, DVA will pay for Exercise Physiology services if they are required because of an accepted war or service caused injury or disease.

We work with your GP and other health professionals regarding your health needs and goals by providing hands-on treatment and Chronic Disease one on one sessions in our Private Clinic in Weetangera, Canberra.

Referral Required:

See your GP/doctor for a referral. As an eligible veteran, once we take your card details we can then claim directly for your visits.

Tailored Treatment Plans:

Did you know that as a Gold or White card holder you may be eligible to receive not only hands on treatment therapy, but have individual tailored Exercise Sessions in our Private Clinic.

See your GP/doctor for a referral. As an eligible veteran, once we take your card details we can then claim directly for your visits.

Also, check out our dedicated DVA Exercise Physiology Page for all your Questions answered.

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Accelr8 Rehab

As mentioned above Accelr8 Rehab is the best place for you if you need to start exercising and management when you have a DVA Card. Exercise Physiology prescription is a great way to get you moving.

Exercise Physiology for DVA

As DVA registered allied health providers, our Exercise Physiologists can service clients under the Department of Veteran Affairs (DVA) with an eligible GOLD or WHITE card. DVA Gold/White cards are accepted as payment upon presentation with a corresponding GP referral (find the D904 referral form here).

  • Gold Card holders are entitled to clinically necessary treatment covered by DVA’s health care arrangements for all health conditions.
  • White Card holders are entitled to clinically necessary treatment for certain accepted conditions/disability.
We offer a variety of individualised and group-based services to assist veterans in their management and/or rehabilitation from injuries and chronic health conditions.

Exercise physiology services | Department of Veterans' Affairs

Exercise physiology services

On this page

  1. What are exercise physiology services
  2. Who can receive them
  3. What you can receive
  4. How you access
  5. Things you should know
  6. What to tell us

What are exercise physiology services

Exercise physiology (EP) services help through:

  • the delivery of clinical exercise to manage chronic disease
  • post-hospital exercise rehabilitation for treatment of a major injury or illness

EP services may contribute to the management of: 

  • diabetes
  • cardiovascular disease 
  • osteoporosis 
  • arthritis 
  • cancer
  • chronic muscular conditions

Who can receive them

You may receive EP services if you have an assessed clinical need and a:

And you:

  • have a chronic disease; or 
  • are recovering after a hospital stay for treatment of a major injury or illness

What you can receive

If you are eligible for EP services, your exercise physiologist may:

  • provide you with a treatment plan, including the type, number and frequency of services you require
  • teach you the skills to independently manage your health condition through an exercise regime

EP services are not intended for ongoing treatment.

From 1 October 2019, referrals to this service will be under the Allied Health Services treatment cycle. This means that a referral will last for up to 12 sessions or 1 year, whichever ends first.

These treatment cycles place you at the centre of your care and the general practitioner (GP) as your care coordinator.

There are no limits to the number of treatment cycles you can have.

You can also have:

  • a separate treatment cycle for each allied health service you need; and
  • treatment cycles for different allied health services at the same time

The treatment cycle does not apply to physiotherapy and exercise physiology services for clients who have a Totally and Permanent Incapacitated (TPI) Gold Card. Exercise physiology or physiotherapy services for TPI clients must still be clinically necessary, evidence based and goals oriented. The treatment cycle will apply to TPI clients for referrals to all other allied health services.

How you access

1. Get a referral to an exercise physiologist covered by the Medicare Benefits Scheme (MBS) from your:

  • general practitioner (GP)
  • medical specialist
  • treating doctor in hospital
  • hospital discharge planner

If you have a current referral your exercise physiologist may refer you to another exercise physiologist.

2. Contact your exercise physiologist to make an appointment. Check that they will accept your Veteran Gold Card or Veteran White Card for their services.

Things you should know

  • We don't pay for gym memberships or general exercise programs outside of your treatment sessions.
  • You will not need to pay access fees for gyms or pools if they are part of your treatment plan.
  • If you live in permanent residential aged care your eligibility for EP services may change.
  • If you have seen another exercise physiologist in the last 12 months be sure to let your current exercise physiologist know.

Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) - Canberra ...

We are proud to be a DVA service provider registered through the Department of Human Services and offer treatment to all DVA gold and white card holders. We liaise directly with DVA to cover the cost of your physiotherapy treatment.We provide a range of treatment that is covered by DVA including but not limited to:

To access this service all we need is a physiotherapy referral from:
  • General practitioner (GP)
  • Medical specialist
  • Treating doctor in hospital
  • Hospital discharge planner
Each referral creates one treatment cycle that last up to 12 sessions or 1 year,
whichever comes first.
There are no limits to the number of treatment cycles you can have, though you will require a new referral at the end of each cycle. If you would like anymore information please do not hesitate to contact us.

DVA, EPC, NDIS and Workplace Injury Exercise Physiology ...

Make an appointment online...or you can call us!All clinics: (02) 6253 2388Our services are eligible for:Private health care claims
Insurance claims*
Department of Veterans Affairs*
Medicare rebates* (ExPhys only).*requires appropriate approval documentsKelkiah Appartments
43/21 Wiseman St
Macquarie ACT 2614For all enquiries
Phone: 02 6253 2388
Fax: 02 6251 9369Mon-Thurs 8am-7pm
Fri 8am-5pm
Sat 9am-1pmFitness First Gym (Inside)
81 Macgregor St
Deakin ACT 2600Phone: (02) 6253 2388Mon-Thurs 8am-7pm
Fri 8am-5pmSkypark Multistory Car Park
1/12 Furzer St (Cnr. Furzer and Worgan St.)
Phillip ACT 2606Clinic entrance on Worgan streetPhone: (02) 6253 2388Mon – Thurs 8am-6pm
Fri 8am-5pm2A Lawry Place
Macquarie ACT 2614Phone: (02) 6253 2388For current studio hours please check our time table.Book Now!

Clinic 88 offers exercise rehabilitation programs by our Exercise Physiology experts. The rehabilitation programs are tailored to suit the individual needs of the client. All exercise programs are conducted by an Accredited Exercise Physiologist, within Clinic 88’s specially designed rehabilitation gyms. 

DVA white and gold card holders are accepted payment when referred by a GP.  Either speak to your GP for a referral to Clinic 88 or call our front desk for some help.  We offer all kinds of mobility, strength, balance, fitness and injury rehab programs to DVA personel. Want to know if you can access Exercise Physiology through your DVA card – press here

FAQs | Physiotherapy & Pilates Classes in Canberra

No, you do not need a referral to attend a physiotherapy appointment. Physiotherapists are first contact practitioners so you may book in without a referral from your GP. We do accept CDM plans from your doctor. 

Canberra Allied Health — Services — Dietitian and Exercise ...


If you are referred by your GP under a Chronic Disease Management Plan you are entitled to a rebate from Medicare of $55.10 per consultation.

Private health fund rebates are also available depending on your health care fund and level of health care cover.

We have dietetic and exercise physiology services for all Gold and White Card holders covered by DVA’s health care arrangements. To be eligible you will need a referral from your GP. 

Exercise Physiology - Flex Out Physiotherapy

What is an exercise physiologist?

An accredited exercise physiologist (AEP) is an allied health professional who holds a four-year university degree and specialises in the delivery of exercise for the prevention and management of chronic diseases and injuries.

They can help guide, educate and rehabilitate their clients towards better outcomes through prescribing the appropriate dose of exercise ‘as a form of medicine’. Although most interventions are exercise-based, they may also provide health and physical activity education, advice, support and lifestyle modification. AEPs are recognised allied health professionals displaying a diverse range of knowledge and skills, working across a variety of areas and target pathologies such as:

  • Musculoskeletal conditions
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Diabetes
  • Osteoporosis
  • Mental health problems
  • Cancer
  • Arthritis
  • Pulmonary disease
  • Obesity
  • Neurological Conditions

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