Exercise Physiology

This page has information about the Child and Family Exercise Physiology services at Monash Health.

Exercise Physiology

Paediatric Exercise Physiologists specialise in the delivery of exercise, lifestyle and behavioural modification programs for children and their families. We work with children and their families to improve health and wellbeing, assist with development and skill acquisition and/or manage injury, illness or disease through evidence-based interventions.

What we do

Exercise physiologists work with children and their families to design exercise programs, or implement health and wellbeing interventions/strategies, that cater to the child’s needs taking into account their age, growth and development. Exercise Physiologists work in a variety of settings such as clinics, kindergartens, schools and other outreach settings.

Some of the areas that Exercise Physiologists are able to assist with include:

  • fundamental movement skills
  • individualised exercise intervention programs especially after an injury or illness
  • balance and postural control
  • facilitate transition to self-management or ongoing programs in the community
  • provide home and community-based strategies to families and children to assist with:
    • sport/recreational skill acquisition
    • community-based gym programs
    • long term lifestyle management (for managing chronic diseases/ illness or injury)
    • preventive interventions and education, to decrease the likelihood or impact of chronic health conditions
  • movement to improve mental health
  • injury prevention
  • comprehensive assessments

Who can use this service?

People who can use this service

  • children and families who live, work, study or attend pre-school or child-care in the City of Greater Dandenong, City Of Casey or Cardinia Shire
  • families with children under 18 years old

People who cannot use this service

  • children eligible for Early Childhood Intervention, Specialist Schools, NDIS, WorkCover, TAC cannot be seen. They should be eligible to receive therapy support at these settings or through these funding bodies unless the referral is related to an acute injury or illness which is not related to their disability
  • children with a developmental diagnosis i.e. Cerebral Palsy, Asperger’s, Autism, global developmental delay, unless the referral is related to an acute injury or illness which is unrelated to their disability

How to refer

Anyone can make a referral to Community Exercise Physiology.

For referrals please contact us via the following:
Phone: (03) 8572 5631
Email: iCareAccess@monashhealth.org

For more information or assistance with your referral please contact the service by email at childandfamilyprogram@monashhealth.org

Cost

The charge for this service is based on the family income

Where services are delivered

  • We provide consultations at Springvale, Cranbourne and Pakenham Community Health centres

Operating Hours

We are open from 8am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, except public holidays

Contact us

Phone: (03) 8572 5631

For more information or assistance with your referral please contact email us at childandfamilyprogram@monashhealth.org

Help contacting us

For people who need help with English or an interpreter: : TIS: 131 450

For people with hearing or speech loss: TTY: 1800 555 677

Speak and Listen: 1800 555 727

Internet relay: National Relay Service: www.relayservice.gov.au

 

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