We are experts at delivering evidence based clinical exercise prescription and lifestyle modification guidance. We skilfully and respectfully combine our expertise to inspire, educate and motivate our clientele as they face new obstacles and strive for change. We will achieve our goals by collaborating and developing our diverse skill sets, by being flexible in our thinking and behaviour, and being persistent. We will employ people who share our goals and who have the skills that we will support and enhance to achieve those goals.
24 Yuille St, Frankston South
Melbourne
Victoria
3199
Australia
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One–on-one sessions

Managing your injury or condition through exercise can be the healthiest thing for your body.

PACE provides personalised one-on-one consultations with experienced Exercise Physiologists to teach you how to move and perform exercise with perfect execution. This provides you with the tools and knowledge of how to manage your condition and perform your exercises yourself at home.

Firstly we recommend you undertake an initial assessment to identify your major problems and to understand your medical history. At this time we identify the root cause of your condition/s and help your work towards correcting these problems through exercise and lifestyle changes.

We can provide you with a detailed home exercise program and designed eating plans to help optimise your health. We work closely with your GP and other allied health specialists to maximise your results and wellbeing.

To arrange a booking or for enquiries please click here or call your closest clinic.

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Group classes

PACE offers a wide range of group exercise classes, from the beginners to the advanced athlete to keep you fit and healthy. Group sessions are fun and affordable way to keep your new habits on track!

Groups are run by Accredited Exercise Physiologist or exercise specialist with boutique style number from 4-8 in a class. Groups are also customisable so please contact us for more info on this option.

Click here for location timetables

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Manage your Type 2 Diabetes with exercise

Type 2 diabetes is a common condition affecting the body’s ability to uptake glucose from the blood stream in to the body’s cells due to poor insulin sensitivity at a cellular level.

The PACE Type 2 Diabetes program is designed to help manage your Type 2 Diabetes with exercise and lifestyle modification changes.

The program is aimed at improving your activity levels, reduce your waist girth, blood pressure and improve your nutritional habits, all of which are the strongest risk factors for diabetes.

Believe it or not the most effective thing you can do to manage diabetes is physical activity and better nutrition.

Research has proven that exercise and diet intervention can have 58% reduction in your type 2 diabetes compared to medication alone which reduced risk by only 31%.

PACE has developed the ideal program to help your diabetes with the most up to date evidence based exercise classes and nutritional information. You will learn how to exercise properly (in the gym and at home) and make healthy lifestyle and diet choices to help manage your diabetes.

Our type 2 Diabetes program is an 8 week course which comprises of;

  • Initial assessment - To start of the program your Exercise physiologist will undertake an initial assessment where your health, strength, movement and physical activity levels will be determined.
  • Personal Exercise sessions – to teach you how to move and exercise safely
  • Supervised Group classes- undertaken twice a week involving a combination of resistance exercises, core stability, cardiovascular training and stretches to address your personal needs.
  • Education- each session your exercise physiologist will take you through your program manual with you discussing your home exercises, food diary, and any concerns you have
  • Re assessment – after participating in the program your exercise physiologist will re measure your physical changes

All participants will receive our Type 2 diabetes manual which will help explain the exercises and your home program

Medicare rebates are available – please contact us or your GP to discuss.

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Return to Function

Learn how to manage for your injury or condition through exercise

One–on-one sessions

The PACE Return to Function Program is a corrective exercise based program for post acute and chronic care (injuries that are more than 6 weeks post incident). Designed to equip participants with the necessary physical conditioning, education and support to facilitate a return to work and function.

This program is a pathway to self management. (Workcover and TAC funded upon GP referral)

Program Goals:

  • To increase functional capacity to allow the worker to return to work.
  • To develop self efficacy and provide strategies to allow independence and self management of the participants condition.
  • To educate the participant to adopt safe manual handling practices, correct movement strategies and optimal postures.
  • To address underlying physiological causes of the initial injury or risk factors of future injury (e.g lack of trunk stability, muscle imbalance, poor posture, poor biomechanics in functional tasks, body weight, stress, lack of motivation).
  • To improve lifestyle and overall health leading to improved quality of life.
  • To provide support and strategies to facilitate SMART goal setting and continued motivation.

A Pathway to Return to Work and Activities you Enjoy:

  • The program is designed to give participant’s the support, education and clinical guidance needed to improve function, health and capacity. We give participants the tools to help themselves.

Program Structure: (10-20 week program depending on the nature of the participant’s injury and the stage of their rehabilitation)

GETTING STARTED

Functional Assessment

A thorough functional assessment including objective and subjective measures in order to determine the participant’s physiological and educational needs.

The treating practitioner will then develop a specific treatment plan, goals for each phase and clarify the participant’s role in their own rehabilitation.

PHASE ONE

Education and Foundation (Typically 10-20 sessions with two sessions weekly)

Posture, functional recruitment of key joint stabilising musculature, corrective exercises for muscle imbalances (stretch and strengthen), correction and education relating to biomechanics, movement strategies and manual handling, lifestyle modification and goal setting are all addressed.

All participants receive a corrective home exercise program which is modified, adjusted and progressed according to their response to each session.

PHASE TWO

Work Conditioning – Pathway to Self Management (typically 1 session per week for 10 weeks)

This phase focuses on work conditioning and fostering independence in the participant to manage their condition through the corrective exercise program prescribed and the lifestyle and movement strategies they have been taught.

PHASE THREE

Reassessment and Future Planning We will review your progress and develop goals to maintain the gains achieved during your course.

Participants will be referred to a gymnasium or home based program at this stage in which the participant will be considered able to manage their own exercise and lifestyle program.

The PACE Work Conditioning Program has been created to help improve return to work capabilities and prevent re-injury through physical conditioning and education.

You must consult your General Practitioner and request a written referral for Exercise Physiology to assist in the management of your workplace injury/TAC injury.

Contact us to discuss how this program can assist you!

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Compensible Programs

EP’s treat patients with claims through TAC & WorkSafe. Please use the online referral form or contact us for more information on these services.

Additionally EP’s work very closely with GP’s and those patients referred through Medicare with Chronic Disease Management programs.

Each participant is guided safely through the program and has access to our own health manuals to ensure motivation is optimal, patient education is developed and compliance stays on track.

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How to exercise with cancer

The pace living with cancer program is an 11 week program specifically designed for people diagnosed with cancer to help improve general wellbeing and reduce symptoms associated with treatment.

Recent evidence has found regular exercise after cancer diagnosis will increase cancer survival rates by up to 60%, with strongest effect seen for prostate, colorectal and breast cancers. Positive effects such as reduced fatigue levels, improving quality of life, enhancing physical performance, and preventing muscle and bone loss (1,2,3). The evidence also indicates that the risk of harm is minimised if the patient is under the care of an experienced Exercise Physiologist.

Exercise for cancer patients

Exercise Physiology is beneficial for treating cancer patients between chemotherapy/radiation and after treatment to reduce the risk of reoccurrence.

A specific exercise program designed for patients following hospital discharge can help to restore physical functioning and quality of life.

Cancer treatments can result in a range of side effects that vary with each individual. Exercise therapy has a positive effect on managing the symptoms experienced when undergoing radiation and/or chemotherapy treatment and post-surgery. Common symptoms experienced during cancer treatment, include:

  • Fatigue
  • Nausea and loss of appetite
  • Compromised immunity
  • Anaemia
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Body weight and composition
  • Reduced strength & range of motion
  • Joint pain and stiffness
  • Neuropathy

What exercise is best?

Individual exercise prescription combining cardiovascular and resistance training are shown to be most beneficial for cancer patients during and after treatment. Recent research suggests that resistance exercises alone may be more beneficial then aerobic exercise in managing fatigue, muscular strength and bone density (2). Stretching and flexibility exercises are also vital (especially for breast cancer patients) as they can help to assist lymphatic drainage, prevent scar tissue build up and increase joint range of motion.

If eligible an Enhanced Primary Care Plan can be put in place to help with Medicare rebates. Call closest clinic today for more information on the LWCP or to book a presentation.

Testimonials

"So effective was the program, the enthusiasm, professionalism and friendliness of the PACE staff. The exercise program has become progressively more challenging - a good thing - and I'm really feeling the benefits. I'm delighted to recommend Pace to others in similar circumstances.

I was diagnosed with breast cancer in March 2013. I found the program interesting and diverse and could really feel improvement in my body, even as I progressed to the end of my radiation treatment. In fact, having started the program quite early gave me a level of fitness to immediately start to build upon when treatment had finished. So after six months of the program I feel stronger, fitter, and most importantly, really positive about my recovery and ability to stay well. I highly recommend the Living with Cancer Exercise Program, as a targeted, flexible and powerful program to assist in recovery from cancer.

I was referred to PACE in December 2013 and commenced their Living with cancer Program. After 4 months work I have regained my strength, my breathing and oxygen uptake has improved. I feel good and have recovered a lot of my strength and energy.

I feel confident now to face life again.

PACE has provided an opportunity to work on recovery in a gentle positive class with a few others. I am happy to recommend the PACE program and their skilled therapists to anyone seeking to recover from physical and mental effects of major illness."

References (1) Review of Exercise Intervention Studies in Cancer Patients. Galvao, D.Newton, R. Journal of Clinical Oncology. 2005; 23(4):899-909 (2) Australian Association for Exercise and Sport Science Position Stand. Optimising Cancer Outcome through exercise. Hayes, C. Spence, R. Galvao, D. Newton, R.J. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport. 2009: 12; 428-434 (3) Exercise Interventions for Cancer Survivors: A Meta-Analysis of Quality of Life Outcomes. Ferrer, R. Huedo-Medina, T. Johnson, B. Ryan, S. Pescatello, L. The Society of Behavioural Medicine. 2011; 41:32-47
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An 8 week exercise program designed to improve the quality of life, cognitive and physiological function of client’s with or at risk of developing a neurocognitive disorder

The program has 5 components of exercise:

  • Coordination
  • Balance
  • Reaction Time
  • Functional Strength
  • Aerobic Fitness The course will involve 1 x 60 minute assessment and 2 x individual 30 minute sessions + 5 x privately funded Exercise Physiology Group Sessions.

Each participant will receive a Mind Your Own Health Manual which contains a home exercise program, information about cognitive disorders and exercise, nutrition, goal setting and lifestyle activities to keep you on track.

Who is Suitable for this Program?

  • People looking to improve their cognitive and physiological health, balance, independence in activities of daily living and reduce their risk of falls and other chronic conditions.
  • As this is a graduated and progressive program all levels of fitness can be catered for in the same class, your exercise physiologist will be able to prescribe safe and appropriate exercises for you with consideration of any conditions you may have (e.g. back, knee, hip pain).

Program Goals:

  • Slow the progression or possibly reduce your risk of developing a neurocognitive disease (Alzheimer’s/ Dementia).
  • Increase energy and reduce your fatigue as activities of daily living become easier to do as a result of improved strength, mobility and endurance.
  • Improve balance and mobility and reduce the risk of tripping and falling.
  • Assist with maintaining a healthy weight by slowing or reversing muscle wasting (muscle increases your metabolism).
  • Reduce your risk of other conditions which you may be at high risk of such as Cardiovascular Disease e.g. Heart Attack/Stroke, Type 2 Diabetes, Osteoporosis and Depression.
  • Provide you with a home exercise program and ideas which will help you in between sessions and for the rest of your life.
  • Offer a professional, friendly, interactive environment to complete Exercise Physiology Group Sessions.
  • Support and compliment other medical and specialist care you are receiving.
  • Induce the release of the body’s natural feel good hormones and the flow of oxygen to the brain which improves mood and awareness.
  • Increase circulation to and stability surrounding your joints which will help to manage any arthritis or joint pain you may have.

Program Structure:

As every participant will be unique in regards to their age and physical condition, we provide a variety of treatment options within the course to suit you. Phase 1: Individual Foundation

First Visit (Session 1): In your first session we will review your medical history, nutrition, physical activity, lifestyle and take baseline measures of your strength, mobility and endurance. Based on these results we will set program goals and prescribe a home exercise program from the Mind Your Own Health Participant Manual.

Follow Up Visit (Session 2): To review your exercises, food diary, weekly goal, clarify any questions and register for appropriate Exercise Physiology Group.

Phase 2: Exercise Physiology Group Sessions (5)

In these sessions your Exercise Physiologist will provide you with suggestions for exercise progressions from the participant manual as well as providing you with new, more progressive challenges which can be completed under supervision.

Phase 3: Program Review and Future Planning In the final week of the program we will conduct an individual reassessment, review and reset goals and progress your home program.

The PACE Mind Your Own Health Program has been created by our Exercise Physiology team based on clinical research evidence and guidelines relating to exercise prescription for the prevention and management of neurocognitive conditions.

Note: A referral from your treating General Practitioner is required prior to commencing this course. If you have a chronic condition such as Dementia, you are eligible for referral by your General Practitioner under an Enhanced Primary Care Plan for individual sessions which are Medicare subsidised if they deem this to be appropriate.

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Designed for the osteoarthritic patient undertaking conservative management or those preparing for faster recovery times prior to surgical intervention.

One–on-one sessions

The PACE Pre-surgical Program aims to educate and empower patients living with osteoarthritis or those preparing for surgical intervention. Through the development of a suitable and specific strengthening program we aim to teach patients how to use exercise to decrease their pain and disability whilst increasing function, quality of life and ability to achieve activities of daily living. Our end goal is to create a self-managed exercise program that the patients can continue independently to improve their outcomes. This program is suitable for both conservative management and joint replacement (pre or post) patients.

Program Goals

  • Increased strength and mobility, for increased function and reduction of pain.
  • Development of patient education of osteoarthritis. This includes surgical intervention and outlining rehabilitation guidelines post-surgery where necessary.
  • Improved function and self-management of hip/knee following the program, including home or gym based exercise program.

Supporting Research:

  • Exercise intervention prior to surgery (total hip & joint replacement) reduced surgical complication from 32% to 12%, and additionally reducing the length of hospital stay by 4 days post-surgery. (Crowe & Henderson, 2003)
  • Pre-habilitation patients are stronger (sit to stand), have less pain, can walk further in 6 minutes and are more capable on stairs compared to those without exercise intervention (TPP et.al, 2010)
  • Physical function shown to increase by 30% and knee strength by 50% after surgery by undergoing exercise intervention (Brown et.al, 2010)
  • Physical activity has been proven to show improvements in pain, physical function and joint stiffness for patients who do not need surgical intervention.

How does exercise help Osteoarthritis?

Clinical research has proven that exercise is shown to be the most effective way to treat osteoarthritis.

Exercise intervention is as effective, if not greater, than medication or anti-inflammatory medication. Additionally, exercise is safer and has fewer side effects.

An exercise program can help to

  • Reduce pain
  • Increase muscular strength
  • Improve the joint range of motion
  • Improve balance and stability
  • Prevent de-conditioning
  • Improve physical wellbeing
  • Improve quality of life

Program outline

  • 2 sessions a week for 6-8 weeks
  • Moderate aerobic exercise
  • Joint strengthening & stability exercises
  • Joint mobility and flexibility exercises

If eligible an Enhanced Primary Care Plan can be put in place to help with Medicare rebates. Private Health Insurance rebates are available from supported providers. Call closest clinic today for more information on the Osteoarthritis Strengthening & Education Program or to book a presentation.

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Testimonial

“My experience in doing the Osteoarthritis Strengthening and Education Program was a positive one from beginning to end. I found my pain level to be reduced along with increased mobility. By doing my exercises at home for half an hour before work four or five times a week enabled me to keep working until my operation, had I not done EP I have no doubt my situation would have been different. By strengthening the muscle before my left hip replacement I believe is contributing to a less painful recovery. For me Pre-surgical strengthening was all positive.”
Moira R
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The PACE Strength and Mobility Program is a specific interactive exercise and education program to decrease the risk of falls and fall related injuries, improve balance, increase independence and quality of life of participants.

Research tells us that:

Fear of falling over and reduced confidence in your ability to maintain balance in daily activities such as walking along the footpath, gardening or doing work around the home is common in older adults. Falls can be predicted in older people by assessing key risk factors such as lower limb strength, walking (Gait) and balance in an individual. There a wide range of evidence that shows with specific individual based exercises, falls can be preventable in this at risk group. (1)

Falls affect a large number of Australians aged over 65 years with over 1/3 falling one or more times a year. (2)

With age the fall rate and the risk of multiple falls increases significantly. (3)

These falls have been shown to result in loss of mobility, disability, decreased quality of life and increased fear of falling. (4)

Program Goals:

  • Prevent falls or reduce the frequency of falls.
  • Improve mobility and strength to make participant’s activities of daily living easier.
  • Improve general health and conditioning to prevent other chronic conditions.
  • Improve balance in static and dynamic functional tasks.
  • Reduce reaction time and ability to maintain balance in response to changes in your environment.
  • Develop an individual home based exercise program that you can complete on a regular basis.

What can I expect to get out of this course?

Qualified Professional Advise and Supervision:

  • Program run by tertiary qualified exercise physiologist.
  • Course claimable on private health insurance and medicare with appropriate referral.

Program Structure: (8 week program)

STEP 1

Initial Assessment Meet with your Exercise Physiologist to review your medical history and assess your current level of function.

STEP 2

Individual Sessions (1-2 sessions) Your Exercise Physiologist will prescribe a home exercise program for you to complete on a regular basis and provide you with the skills to improve.

STEP 3

Small Group Sessions (5 sessions) The program will be based in a small group setting, with participant numbers ranging from 4-8, these sessions will be interactive and designed to progress and consolidate on the exercises you will be doing at home.

STEP 4

Reassessment and Future Planning We will review your progress and develop goals to maintain the gains achieved during your course. Please contact your nearest PACE clinic to find out more.

The PACE Strength and Mobility Program has been created to be consistent with Exercise and Sports Science Australia position statement on falls prevention which outlines the best practice exercise prescription.

You must consult your General Practitioner or Treating Specialist for approval to commence this course.

References (1) Lord SR, Ward JA, Williams P, et al. Physiological factors associated with falls in older community-dwelling women. J Am Geriatr Soc 1994;42(10):1110–1117. (2) Sattin RW. Falls among older persons: a public health perspective. Annu Rev Public Health 1992;13:489–508. (2) Lord SR, Sherrington C, Menz HB, et al. Falls in older eople: risk factors and strategies for prevention. 2nd ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press; 2006.

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Reduce your risk of Diabetes, Heart Disease and Stroke!

Life! Taking Action on Diabetes; A Lifestyle Modification Program for people over 45 years at risk of developing Diabetes.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • 45+ years of age
    Score > 12 on Australian Diabetes Risk Assesment Tool
  • Do not have any of the following conditions: Pregnancy, psychiatric illness, cancer within 3 months of commencing the course and substance abuse.
  • Automatic entry for patients who have had Gestational Diabetes and Ischeamic Heart disease (Acute Myocardial Infarction, Angina etc)

Take the test!

Use this link to complete the risk test lifeprogram.org.au or contact us to find out more.

GP Referral Process:

  • Ensure the patient meets all eligibility criteria: 
    a. Ask patient to complete Australian Diabetes Risk Assessment Tool
    b. Order FBG test if not completed within last twelve months (OGTT if result FBA >5.5,<7.0, LIPIDS: TC,HDL,LDL,TRIGs).
  • Complete LIFE! Referral Form – Refer to PACE (Note: this form can be down loaded from diabeteslife.org.au under Health Professionals> LIFE! Program referral form, also on Medical Director.
  • Fax copy of Life Referral Form, blood and lipid profiles, patient contact details and medical history to (03) 9770 6776 (all referrals to be faxed to this number).

Participant Investment: - $50 out of pocket for High Income Earners only.

To refer to these specialist services please contact us.

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Keeping your residents mobile and healthy!

PACE Exercise Physiology delivers onsite services at Retirement Villages.

PACE Exercise Physiology can work within the Retirement Village for consultations. Depending on the number of residents, PACE can staff the village’s gym facilities and provide onsite HICAPS for Private Health Fund Rebates.

Alternatively PACE can visit your village to deliver one of the below programs on a weekly basis.

Group Programs include;

  • Falls Prevention classes
  • Heart Health Programs
  • Diabetes Exercise Groups
  • Strength & Mobility Groups
  • Exercise for Arthritis
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Exercise safely to improve your health!

Lungs in Action is a safe, enjoyable, low cost exercise maintenance program for people who have completed a pulmonary rehabilitation program. It has been further developed to include people with stable heart failure who have completed heart failure rehabilitation.

The aim of Lungs in Action is to extend the benefits of rehabilitation by providing a safe environment in which those with stable chronic disease can maintain physical and social activities. Contact us or your rehabilitation provider for referral into our Exercise Physiology coordinated program.

Contact us to discuss your specific needs.

More info: www.lungsinaction.com.au | www.lungfoundation.com.au.