EHR525 Exercise for Neurological & Mental Health Conditions (8)

In Australia, almost one in two people will experience a neurological or mental health condition in their lifetime. This subject will use online lectures, case study tutorials, group work activities and a Residential School to develop the knowledge, skills and practical competencies required by Exercise Physiologists to work safely and effectively with clients with neurological and mental health conditions. Emphasis is placed on developing knowledge and comprehension of functional neuroanatomy, neurological pathophysiology, including aetiology and risk factors, cognitive decline, motor dysfunction, diagnostic procedures, treatments and applications for exercise prescription for primary, secondary and tertiary prevention in clients with neurological and mental health conditions. After completing this subject, students will be able to conduct effective initial consultations and design and deliver safe and effective lifestyle and exercise interventions to enhance physical fitness, health and wellbeing in clients at risk of developing, or with existing, neurological and mental health conditions and evaluate client outcomes.

Subject Outlines
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* Offering has a residential school. Please view following information for further details.

Session 2 (60)
Online *
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: EHR525. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School 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 integrate information related to pathophysiology, medical, and surgical treatments, with data obtained from initial consultation, when analysing the needs of neurological and mental health clients and establishing collaborative goals for exercise;
  • be able to recognise sensory-motor consequences and movement disorders associated with neuromuscular conditions and apply strategies for exercise risk management;
  • be able to select and conduct appropriate sensorimotor, exercise, functional, and/or psychological tests relevant to neurological and mental health clients and critically evaluate the results obtained;
  • be able to design and deliver evidence-based clinical exercise interventions for clients with neurological and mental health conditions to facilitate positive heath and functional outcomes within a multidisciplinary team;
  • be able to recognise communication difficulties experienced by neurological clients and apply strategies to facilitate effective client-practitioner interactions;
  • be able to apply behavioural strategies to enhance motivation in clients with mood disorders to facilitate exercise adherence and compliance.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Functional neuroanatomy;
  • Pathophysiology;
  • Client assessment;
  • Allied health and medical interventions;
  • Neuroplasticity;
  • Multidisciplinary care;
  • Exercise testing and prescription;
  • Brain injury;
  • Stroke;
  • Multiple sclerosis;
  • Cerebral palsy;
  • Spinal cord injury;
  • Parkinson's disease;
  • Mood disorders;
  • Dementia.

Residential School

This subject contains a 3 day Compulsory Residential School.

Distance Education students are required to attend a three (3) day COMPULSORY Residential School scheduled during the Residential School period.  This Residential School is necessary in order to develop practical skills to comply with accreditation requirements.

Special Resources

Distance Education students are required to attend a Residential School scheduled during the Residential School period to access laboratory facilities. This will require students to arrange and finance their own travel and accommodation.


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.