What does ETP mean?
ETP stands for Exercise Treatment Program and it means that exercise is used to support the prevention and management of chronic health conditions.
Who is eligible?
The program is for people living in the north west region of Tasmania who are:
How much does it cost?
It is FREE to participate in the Exercise Treatment Program as it is completely funded by the Australian Government.
What can I expect?
You will be assessed at the start of the program to determine your general health, program goals and functional capacity. You will then receive an individualised exercise program that you will complete in a group once a week, along with a weekly education session which will be delivered either before or after the exercise session. The education sessions are delivered in an informal manner, with simple ‘take home’ messages. At the end of the program, you will be assessed again to determine the improvements you have made.
What do I wear?
Wear clothes that are comfortable to move in and not that will not restrict your movement. Wear supportive footwear that has good grip. E.g. Clothes and shoes that you would wear if you were going for a walk.
Is telehealth available?
Yes. Due to restrictions imposed as a result of COVID19, telehealth (video call) is available for suitable participants.
How long does each session go for?
90 minutes. Each session consists of 1 hour of exercise and a 30 minute education session.
How long does each program go for?
The program is 14 weeks in total. This includes 12 weeks of exercise/education sessions, plus an assessment at the start and end of the program.
I’m not very fit. Will it be hard?
You will be given an individualised exercise program. The exercises you are given will be suitable for you whatever your level of fitness at the start of the program and will be progressed over the program as you become stronger and fitter.
When I complete one 14-week block, can I complete another?
Participants can only participate in the program once. You will be discharged from the program after your final assessment. Ongoing exercise options will be discussed with you during the program.
Where will the sessions be held?
The sessions will be run out of local gyms or halls and will be available in the following nine local government areas in north west Tasmania:
What are the qualifications of the coaches?
Assessment and delivery of the program is within the scope of practice of the following professions:
The following exercise professionals may deliver the exercise and education sessions:
I don’t like exercise, why should I participate?
Increasing your physical activity levels has been shown to:
Participation in the program can help you to increase your physical activity levels in a safe and supportive way.
How will exercise help me?
Exercise can benefit you in a lot of different ways:
The exercises you do will help you to achieve your goals, as determined at your initial assessment.
Exercise makes me sore.
When your muscles are made to work harder than they are used to or in a different way, it can make you feel sore after exercising. To help prevent this, your exercises will start out gentle and will be progressed over the course of the program as you get fitter and stronger.
Will exercise make my condition worse?
During your initial assessment, we will discuss your medical history with you so that we can provide exercises that are safe for you to perform. Exercise prescription will be supported by current best-practice guidelines.
If I miss my session, can I attend a different session that week?
Unfortunately, participants are unable to “catch-up” on any missed sessions due to non-attendance.
What happens when I finish?
Once you have completed your final assessment, you will be discharged from the program. You will be provided with some ongoing exercise options to participate in. A report will be sent to your referrer and GP to let them know about your progress in the program.
Is it safe?
Yes. The program is run by appropriately qualified health professionals and exercise prescription for participants is based on current best practice guidelines.
Can I refer myself or a family member?
No. Referrals must come from a health professional. If you would like to be referred to the Exercise Treatment Program, discuss a referral with a health professional, such as:
When do the programs run?
The Exercise Treatment Program is funded until 30th of June 2022. Programs will be delivered across all 9 local government areas during this time. The number of classes during this time will be based on referral demand in each area as classes need a minimum of 6 participants to commence.