GP Exercise Referral Scheme (GPERS)

About the Scheme

The GP Exercise Referral Scheme (GPERS) is specifically designed for people referred by a GP or health professional to prevent or manage certain medical conditions.

The GPERS program includes a customised exercise plan and support to help clients become more active and improve their confidence to make positive lifestyle changes.

An Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) Accredited Exercise Physiologist will conduct an initial and final assessment and provide a tailored exercise prescription. The program is designed to meet clients' needs and participation will be supervised by a qualified fitness professional. 

Eligibility

 The program is designed to help clients prevent long-term health complications and take positive action in physical activity if they suffer from at least one of the conditions:

  • diabetes
  • pre-diabetes (IFG/ IGT)
  • at risk of developing diabetes
  • overweight (BMI greater than 30)
  • waist circumference > 94cm (male)
  • waist circumference > 80cm (female)
  • hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • raised cholesterol levels
  • osteoporosis
  • osteoarthritis (mild-moderate)
  • polycystic ovarian syndrome.

Community maintenance

The program also offers the option of community exercise for people that have completed cardiac or respiratory rehabilitation at St George or Sutherland Hospitals.

It is important for the individual to consult their GP or specialist to ensure that the program is appropriate and that the referral criteria are met.

Program locations

Sutherland Leisure Centre

Rawson Avenue
Sutherland NSW 2232
Ph: 8536 9706

Engadine Leisure Centre
Anzac Avenue
Engadine NSW 2233
Ph: 8536 9706

Hurstville Aquatic Leisure Centre
Cnr King Georges and Forest Roads
Hurstville NSW 2220
Ph: 9585 9600

Program cost

Please contact the leisure centres to inquire about the cost. The program cost may be reduced for individuals with an eligible Medicare referral for exercise physiology. 

How to refer?

Complete the pdf GPERS referral form (415 KB) for the client to take with them to their first appointment at the leisure centre of their choice. The patient should to contact the centre’s Exercise Physiologist to book an appointment.

What happens after completing the referral form?

  • Your client will need to make an appointment at their preferred location.
  • Your client will attend an initial assessment with an Accredited Exercise Physiologist to determine their physical fitness and functional capacities. A structured exercise program will be developed to help them achieve their health goals.
  • Following the initial assessment, 10 supervised gym sessions will be facilitated by trained health professionals, who will monitor progress and maintain client motivation.
  • A final assessment will be conducted to review physical fitness and functional capacities and discuss options to maintain exercise levels and lifestyle changes.
  • You will receive feedback on your client's progress from the Exercise Physiologist.

About the Scheme
The GP Exercise Referral Scheme (GPERS) is specifically designed for people referred by a GP or health professional to prevent or manage certain medical conditions.
The GPERS program includes a customised exercise plan and support to help clients become more active and improve their confidence to make positive lifestyle changes.
An Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) Accredited Exercise Physiologist will conduct an initial and final assessment and provide a tailored exercise prescription. The program is designed to meet clients' needs and participation will be supervised by a qualified fitness professional.

Eligibility
The program is designed to help clients prevent long-term health complications and take positive action in physical activity if they suffer from at least one of the conditions:
• diabetes
• pre-diabetes (IFG/ IGT)
• at risk of developing diabetes
• overweight (BMI greater than 30)
• waist circumference > 94cm (male)
• waist circumference > 80cm (female)
• hypertension (high blood pressure)
• raised cholesterol levels
• osteoporosis
• osteoarthritis (mild-moderate)
• polycystic ovarian syndrome.

Community maintenance
The program also offers the option of community exercise for people that have completed cardiac or respiratory rehabilitation at St George or Sutherland Hospitals.

It is important for the individual to consult their GP or specialist to ensure that the program is appropriate and that the referral criteria are met.

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