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Southern Cross University (SCU) is offering Aboriginal people with a chronic health condition or disease two free visits to its Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Exercise Physiology Clinic.

The two free visits consist of a health assessment and development of a targeted exercise program. Each subsequent visit costs $10. It is also possible to arrange telehealth appointments.

The clinic is located at SCU’s Bilinga campus at Gold Coast Airport.

Course coordinator, Associate Professor Mike Climstein, said the clinic caters for people with a range of illnesses and conditions. These include stroke, heart disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes, mellitus, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, arthritis, asthma, obesity, back pain, Parkinson’s disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, stress, anxiety and depression.

Assoc. Prof. Climstein said the clinic is student-led and allows Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology students to put theory into practise and gain ‘real world’ experience. It offers both assessment and treatment.

Exercise physiologists specialise in advising, designing and delivering safe and effective exercise programs for people with a wide array of chronic diseases, conditions, injuries or disabilities.

Aboriginal people interested in attending the exercise physiology clinic should first get a referral from their GP. The referral needs to include medical history, medications they are taking and any restrictions they may have on physical activity or exercise.

For more information or to make an appointment, telephone (07) 5589 3252.