Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA) is a peak professional organisation representing more than 7,700 members. The organisation is committed to establishing, promoting and representing the career paths of tertiary-trained exercise and sports science practitioners.
ESSA’s Vision is to enhance performance, health and wellbeing through the science of exercise and sport.
ESSA’s mission is to lead and promote excellence in exercise and sports science for the benefit of the broader community and the professions it represents.
ESSA advocates on behalf of three exercise and sports science professional groups:
- Accredited Exercise Physiologists
- Accredited Exercise Scientists
- Accredited Sports Scientists / Accredited High Performance Managers.
The organisation’s advocacy activities are focused on supporting and progressing ESSA’s mission to lead and promote excellence in exercise and sports science for the benefit of the Australian community and its professional members.
ESSA also manages Exercise is Medicine® Australia, a program that focuses on encouraging primary healthcare providers to treat physical activity as a vital sign by reviewing and assessing every patient’s physical activity levels at every visit.
ESSA manages the accreditation of the following self-regulating health professionals:
- Accredited Exercise Physiologists (AEPs)
- Accredited Exercise Scientists(AESs)
- Accredited Sports Scientists (ASpScs)/High Performance Managers (AHPMs).
These professionals are highly trained with a minimum bachelor degree qualifications and complete additional professional practice annually to maintain their accreditation. For example, AEPs hold, at a minimum, a 4-year bachelor degree that meets the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) Level 7 requirements..
As allied health professionals, AEP services are recognised in government health funding including Medicare, DVA and the majority of workers compensation authorities and private health insurers.