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Professional Practice in Exercise Physiology (10070.3)

Level: Level 3 - Undergraduate Advanced Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 2
Faculty: Faculty of Health
Discipline: Discipline of Sport and Exercise Science


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This unit introduces exercise physiology practices in the Australian health care system. Professional roles and responsibility will be discussed in relation to professional standards, evidence based practice, regulatory systems of practice, conduct and ethical practice, and cultural safety and health care. Specifically this unit will cover ACT and NSW workers compensation systems and differentiate the roles of a treatment provider and return to work provider. The unit will include communication strategies for interacting with clients, medical and allied health professionals and other key stakeholders. Students will develop skills in client consultation, behaviour change and motivational interviewing, clinical documentation and report writing and key assessment practices for return to work practice. Students will also have an opportunity to explore introductory business principles when working as a private practitioner.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the professional standards, regulatory, ethical and evidence based principles and systems governing the exercise physiology profession and health care practice in the Australian context;

2. Compile relevant clinical documentation, including referrals and reports as required by regulatory systems;

3. Formulate a comprehensive client history through consultation and apply relevant skills including interpersonal communication and behaviour change strategies to inform effective exercise intervention;

4. Recognise diverse social and cultural factors that may influence and shape approaches to client centred care and demonstrate effective communication and intervention strategies in this context; and

5. Demonstrate an understanding of the key business principles that underpin work as a private practitioner.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

One 3 hour workshop per week.


8340 Health Disease and Exercise AND
9812 Exercise Programming and Prescription 2


This unit is only available to students in the Bachelor of Exercise Physiology and Rehabilitation.

Assumed Knowledge

Successfully completed first 3 years of the Bachelor of Exercise Physiology and Rehabilitation degree.

Incompatible Units

9380 Practice in Exercise 1 AND
9384 Professional Practice in Exercise 2

Equivalent Units


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