SUPPORTING PERSONAL TRAINERS OF CLIENTS WITH CHRONIC ILLNESSAustralia is facing a chronic disease epidemic. Diabetes is the fastest growing chronic condition and cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the number one killer. Diabetes and CVD place people at considerable risk for adverse outcomes during exercise and clients with chronic illness who are high risk, in accordance with the APSS, require referral to a GP or appropriate allied health professional.
“Registered Exercise Professionals may work with higher risk clientele (whose conditions are stabilised and managed) after making a written referral to and receiving documented guidance on the exercise program from the clients’ treating medical and/or allied health practitioner. Registered Exercise Professionals should refer to the nationally endorsed APSS to stratify client risk and determine appropriate exercise intensity for physical activities based on the client’s risk classification.”As an exercise physiologist, I can work with your trainers who have clients with serious chronic illness to ensure adequate duty of care is maintained. The referral process between PTs and EPs reclassifies these conditions as “managed” and reduces litigation risk for both you and your trainers.