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Full Circle Wellness provides a range of allied health services to help manage existing health issues and to encourage a proactive healthy lifestyle. Exercise Physiology, Dieteitcs, Diabetes Education and Physiotherapy are our key service areas, which can be utilised individually or together for a more holistic approach to your health.

In this article we explore these services to provide a better understanding of what they are and how they can help manage an existing concern, or improve your overall health and longevity.


What is Exercise Physiology?

Exercise Physiology is the scientific study of the body and how it works, including all of the mechanical, physical and chemical processes that take place. Exercise Physiologists utilise this knowledge to prescribe effective exercise programs for rehabilitation and relief from pain and discomfort as well as treatment and prevention of many chronic health conditions.

Accredited Exercise Physiologists are university qualified health professionals who are affiliated with or backed by Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA). Exercise Physiologists are often referred to by doctors to help treat injuries, illness or conditions they have diagnosed. For more information about ESSA click here to visit their website, or click on the links at the bottom of the page.

Full Circle Wellness has onsite facilities, including exercise equipment, so you practice prescribed exercises with your physiologist to ensure you learn correct exercise techniques for your treatment. Alternatively we offer in home care if it is difficult to get to us.

Exercise Physiologist or Physiotherapist - What is the Difference?

Physiology is sometimes confused with physiotherapy and, although a physiologist may offer many of the same services, there are differences. Along with treatments for muscle and joint rehabilitation, physiologists also provide treatment for other diseases and conditions not traditionally treated by a physiotherapist.

Recognition of Exercise Physiology

The health value of Exercise Physiology is widely recognised by:

  • Major Health Funds - rebates may be available for your service. Please check with your health fund for more details

  • Medicare. Speak to your GP to determine if you are eligible under a Chronic Disease Management Plan (CDM)

  • Department of Veteran Affairs Referrals

  • My Aged Care

  • NDIS

Conditions We Treat and Manage with Exercise Physiology

Common Conditions

  • Obesity

  • Depression

  • Diabetes

  • High blood pressure

  • Arthritis

  • Osteoporosis

Healthy Body Functions

  • Musculoskeletal

  • Metabolic

  • Cardiac

  • Pulmonary

  • Neuromuscular


  • Recovery from illness

  • Injury or operation

  • Posture and muscle control

  • Exercise programs for strength and flexibility


What is Dietetics?

Dietetics applies an in depth understanding of the role of nutrition in a healthy lifestyle and the prevention and treatment of disease and illnesses. Our dietitian can help with much more than just advice for obtaining and maintaining a healthy weight.

There are many other illnesses and conditions that can be treated and managed with the help of your dietitian. However, you don't need to be unwell to benefit from her advice and services. A nutritional plan from a dietary expert can be useful for preventing illness and promoting good health and fitness.

A Full Circle Wellness Dietitian can assist with advice and education on dietary choices specific to your health and lifestyle needs and goals.

Recognition of Dietetics

The health value of a healthy diet to prevent and manage disease is recognised by major health funds and rebates may be available for your service. Please check with your health fund for more details.

In some circumstances dietetics can be claimed under Medicare. Speak to your GP to determine if you are eligible under a Chronic Disease Management Plan (CDM).

Conditions We Treat with Dietetics

  • Obesity Management

  • Diabetes Management

  • Eating for Allergies and Intolerances

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome

  • Nutrition for Cancer

  • Alzheimer's Disease

  • Heart Disease

  • Aged Care Nutrition

  • Diabetes Management

  • Renal Nutrition Therapy

  • Enteral Nutrition Therapy

  • Paediatric Health


What is Diabetes Education?

Diabetes education is the cornerstone of diabetes management. Diabetes is unlike other diseases, such as hypertension, where medication alone can often times successfully treat it. There are a lot of other components to diabetes, such as: the diabetes disease process, physical activity, nutritional management, glucose monitoring, medications and psychological adjustment.

Diabetes education makes you more aware of diabetes and what it takes to treat it, whilst also giving you the power to control it. Diabetes education allows you to better incorporate knowledge into your life and make the necessary changes to improve your lifestyle.

If you, or someone close to you, has been diagnosed with diabetes there is a lot you can do to manage the disease and improve your overall health. Our Dietitian, Kristie Pieters, is a Credentialled Diabetes Educator able to provide specialised advice and care to diabetes patients.

What are the Benefits of a Credentialled Diabetes Educator (CDE)?

Credentialled Diabetes Educators (CDE's) are specialists in diabetes. They are health professionals who have completed further study to focus their efforts on helping people with diabetes self-manage their diabetes effectively and prevent complications.

A CDE can be the first point of call when you are wanting more information, support and/or motivation in the management of your diabetes and the link between other health professionals. They have in-depth knowledge on all aspects of diabetes and can recognise when you need to see other members of your health care team for example, an optometrist or podiatrist.​

When should I see a Diabetes Educator?

CDE's can be there with you the entire way through your journey. When you are first diagnosed, CDE's explain what diabetes is and provide individualised advice on how to get your blood glucose levels within the appropriate target range. They will also help you organise tests and screenings for diabetes complications. This will vary depending on your diabetes, your lifestyle and your age.

CDE's can also help you when your blood glucose levels fluctuate. According to Diabetes Australia these could change when you are feeling stressed or anxious. Lifestyle changes and events like exams, weddings, divorce, somebody close to you dying, can send up blood glucose levels. The main aim of a CDE is to empower the person that has diabetes to self-manage their diabetes through knowledge, motivation and support.

Who should see a diabetes educator?

Everyone should see a diabetes educator even people with pre-diabetes. CDE's can provide you with initial information, what can happen in the future and what to look out for if something goes wrong. The frequency of your visits to a diabetes educator will depend on your diabetes and your blood glucose levels.

  • For people with type 1 diabetes, CDE's can help you manage your medication, meal plans, eye care and looking after your feet.

  • For people with type 2 diabetes, CDE's can help you prolong needing medication and help you make the transition to medication when the insulin producing cells in your pancreas stop producing insulin. Type 2 diabetes is a progressive condition, we can delay medication via healthy eating, exercise and losing weight but eventually it may be necessary to start medication. Diabetes educators can be there to help you make the transition to medication.

CDE's can also help people with less common forms of diabetes like Latent autoimmune diabetes of adults (LADA), Gestational Diabetes during Pregnancy and Maturity onset diabetes of the young (MODY).


What is Physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy is a health care service that aims to facilitate the restoration of function from physical impairment and/or disabillity. The service involves:

  • a thorough evaluation and history,

  • a physical assessment and examination,

  • medical diagnosis; and

  • subsequent physical intervention treatment plans.

The aim of sports and musculoskeletal physiotherapy is to allow a pain free return to sport or the activities of daily living.​

Recognition of Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy is widely recognised by major health funds and rebates may be available for your service. Please check with your health fund for more details.

In some circumstances physiotherapy can be claimed under Medicare. Speak to your GP to determine if you are eligible under a Chronic Disease Management Plan (CDM).

Conditions We Treat with Physiotherapy

  • Acute sporting injuries on any area (should be treated as soon as possible after injury).

  • Shoulder, hip, knee and ankle injuries.

  • Acute and chronic neck, upper back and lower back pain.

  • Neck pain and headaches.

  • Sport specific screening and prevention programs.

  • Running, cycling and sports specific technique biomechanical assessments.

  • Fall prevention.

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