As part of Exercise Right Week, Paul shares his journey as an Exercise Physiologist and explains why physical activity is important in maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
What is an Exercise Physiologist?
Accredited Exercise Physiologists are qualified allied health professionals, educated with the knowledge, skills and competencies to design, deliver and evaluate safe and effective exercise interventions for the treatment of acute, subacute and chronic medical conditions.
The goal of an Exercise Physiologist is to provide individualised, specific and evidence based exercise interventions to treat clients in a holistic approach.
What has your journey been like at Monash Health?
Monash health has been a fantastic organisation to be at, as well as being a part of the Community Rehabilitation Team. My position has provided me with a unique opportunity to work in the paediatric field community based services working across the Community Rehabilitation and Child and Family team.
I have worked with Monash Health Community for the last four years after moving from private practice, which I was involved in for six years.
What has your biggest achievement at Monash Health been?
I have been lucky enough to be involved in several leadership positions in Monash Health during my short time here, however my greatest achievement was holding the Community Professional Lead for Exercise Physiology in 2018.
What is the most rewarding part of your role?
Providing people with the tools, knowledge and skills to make ongoing lifestyle changes, and improvements in physical activity habits, to lead to lifelong lifestyle changes resulting in positive health outcomes, improving quality of life and reducing burden of disease.
One thing about me that people probably don’t know is…
I had my first child four months ago, his name is Max!
Why is it important to be physically active?
Physical activity has been shown to:
Reduce the burden of disease
Reduces risks of falls
Prevents some cancer, and improve outcomes pre, post and during treatment
Reduces the risk of heart disease
Increases longer life
Aid weight loss
Help quit smoking (increases will power/ self-efficacy)
Improve depression and anxiety
How can you meet/ get in touch with an Exercise Physiologist?
Access and Intake
Telephone: 1300 3 iCARE (1300 342 273) OPTION 4
Fax: 9554 9221
Telephone: 1300 3 iCARE (1300 342 273) OPTION 5
Fax: 9554 9151