EHR518 Developing the Clinical Exercise Practitioner (8)


In Australia, Exercise Physiologists are allied health professionals that prescribe clinical exercise interventions for people at high-risk of developing, or with existing, chronic and complex medical conditions and/or injuries. This subject will develop student's understanding of the Exercise Physiology profession and build a foundation for effective clinical practice and study across the course. Emphasis is placed on developing students' comprehension of: the national and international health care contexts; Exercise Physiology profession in Australia; Exercise Physiology Scope of Practice; Exercise Physiology Code of Conduct and Ethical Practice; Medicare; multidisciplinary care; and understanding research in evidence based practice. After completing this subject, students will have acquired foundational knowledge and skills related to the Exercise Physiology profession and will be able to articulate a professional identity for clinical practice as an individual practitioner and member of a multidisciplinary care team.  Students will also be enabled to work across a range of employment settings, self-evaluate their professional learning needs, and apply frameworks for professional behaviour, clinical decision making, and evidence-based clinical practice.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
DistanceBathurst Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: EHR518
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Exercise Science, Sport and Health

Enrolment restrictions

Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology students or as approved by the Course Director.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to apply knowledge of Exercise Physiology as an emerging health care profession to frameworks of practice and professional role definitions in multidisciplinary health care;
  • be able to articulate a professional philosophy, identity, and schema for clinical practice as a beginning Exercise Physiologist that reflects guidelines and standards for appropriate professional behaviour;
  • be able to self-evaluate knowledge and skills in relation to professional roles and develop a learning plan to address areas of need across the course;
  • be able to obtain, synthesise, and evaluate relevant research literature and appropriately apply conclusions, relative to the strength of the available evidence, to inform clinical reasoning and professional decision making;
  • be able to apply appropriate research designs, methods, and data analysis procedures to create new knowledge that will generate evidence to support best clinical practice in Exercise Physiology.


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Australian health care system;
  • Burden of disease;
  • Allied health services;
  • Exercise Physiology profession;
  • Multidisciplinary health care;
  • Scope of practice;
  • Exercise Physiology code of conduct;
  • Ethical behaviour;
  • Relevance of research for practitioners;
  • Evidence-based practice and clinical reasoning;
  • Finding research evidence;
  • Clinical research design and methods;
  • Critical appraisal of research evidence;
  • Implementing evidence into practice.


The information contained in the 2017 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 12 August 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.