Exercise physiologists provide functional exercise for the purposes of returning an injured worker to suitable work activities. This includes specific exercise therapy related to the worker's injury and work demands, and / or specific work activities as exercise.
Exercise physiologists must be approved by WorkCover to deliver treatment services to injured NSW workers and must provide their WorkCover approval number on all invoices submitted to the Scheme Agent or insurer. The WorkCover approval number is specific to the approved service provider. Services must not be delivered by any other person using the approved service provider's approval number.
New applications for WorkCover approval number
Exercise physiologists who have not previously been issued with a WorkCover approval number can now apply.
Exercise physiologists applying for WorkCover approval are required to satisfactorily complete the mandatory WorkCover training within three months of the course becoming available in order to retain their WorkCover approval number.
WorkCover will notify all successful applicants when the training becomes available.
Guidelines and information
All exercise physiologists providing treatment to injured workers must follow the procedures developed in conjunction with Exercise and Sports Science Australia.
The Exercise physiologists' guide to WorkCover NSW provides information about these policies and procedures, and includes the Exercise Physiology Management Plan.
The Exercise physiology management plan must be used to seek prior approval to deliver up to 8 exercise physiology sessions. Explanatory notes to assist with completing the plan are at Appendix 3 of the Exercise physiologists' guide to WorkCover NSW.
Fees and invoicing
Exercise physiology services are paid in accordance with the maximum fees set out in the Exercise physiology fees order.
All invoices for treatment services must be consistent with the WorkCover exercise physiology fees order and the invoicing requirements for all WorkCover service providers.
Call 13 10 50 or email WorkCover's Insurance Regulation Branch at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.