Exercise physiologists

WorkCover approved exercise physiologists prescribe functional exercise for the purpose of increasing a workers capacity for suitable employment. This includes specific exercise therapy tailored to the worker's injury and work demands, and/or specific work activities.

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 allied health practitioner. Services must not be delivered by any other person using the approved allied health practitioner's approval number.

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.

The Exercise physiology management plan must be used to seek prior approval to deliver up to eight 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 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.

Please note that a worker is not liable to pay, and an exercise physiologist is not entitled to recover from a worker, any amount in respect of treatment that exceeds the gazetted maximum fees.

New applications for WorkCover approval number

Exercise physiologists wanting a WorkCover approval number can apply using the application form.

Practitioners 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.

Call WorkCover on 13 10 50 or email insurance.regulation@workcover.nsw.gov.au for more information.