34 Gymea Bay Road, Gymea 2227

All About the Peak Health Clinic

Peak Health was established from personal experience born out of a need to learn more about how to manage a health crisis and how to return to a “normal life” no matter what the pathology. Our mission is to increase awareness for complex and chronic conditions and improve the quality of life for our patients.

Founder and Director of Peak Health, Brent Collier, was diagnosed with a rare Neuro-Immune condition at a young age.

“I remember, after spending much time in hospital, being told by one of the doctors that ‘there is something wrong with your physiology, we just don't know how to fix it.'” – Brent Collier

AllThis inspired Brent to study Exercise Physiology at Wollongong University and to become a fully qualified physiologist to find out how he could help himself and others with similar conditions.

A Rare Gift and New Outlook

After suffering chronic pain and fatigue and spending many months in hospital for numerous bouts of meningitis, cellulitis and surgery in 2012 to remove a brain tumour – Brent now sees his condition as a rare “GIFT” – an ability to connect with his patients, an insight into how patients are feeling and what they can expect from their treatments, and an understanding in why they can often feel lost and/or unsupported and be left thinking “what can I do?”

Peak Health's mission is to increase awareness for complex and chronic conditions and that, put simply, “rest is NOT best” and that “exercise more, sleep more and take medications” is also NOT the answer. With professional targeted exercise programs, we will empower patients to learn to Live Life with Peak Health.

We Know You've Tried Everything & Now Your Ready For A Solution

Get Your Quality of Life Back

Whether you've been suffering from a long term illness or have experienced an injury we have the experience to assist you in getting your quality of life back. Individualised targeted rehabilitation and treatment programs are our speciality and we look forward to helping you get back on track.

We'll Find You a Solution

We encounter a lot of patients who have tried just about everything you can think of to solve their problems however they haven't found a solution or any type of relief. This is our absolute speciality, we will work with you to uncover the real underlying problem and provide a solution using the latest Exercise Physiology practices.

Live Your Life to the Fullest

Rest is not best and long term use of powerful medications is not always the answer. We believe that movement coupled with structure, delivered under professional guidance will help you Live Life to the fullest. It's a philosophy that we live by every day and pass onto our patients as well.

What Is An Accredited Exercise Physiologist?

Accredited Exercise Physiologists (AEPs) hold a four-year university degree and are allied health professionals who specialise in the delivery of exercise for the prevention and management of chronic diseases and injuries.

AEPs provide support for clients with conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, mental health problems, cancer, arthritis, pulmonary disease and more. AEPs are eligible to register with Medicare Australia, the Department of Veterans' Affairs and WorkCover and are recognised by most private health insurers.

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You might see an AEP to help you:

  • Overcome persisting pain caused by injury or overuse
  • Improve your heart health
  • Rehabilitate following a cardiac event
  • Control your diabetes
  • Prevent pre-diabetes from progressing to full diabetes
  • Improve your recovery following cancer treatment
  • Improve your general health and well-being.

AEPs also provide training in safe manual handling; perform functional assessments; carry out sub-maximal and maximal fitness tests; perform body composition tests and musculoskeletal assessments; and provide lifestyle education to help people manage their health conditions.

In Australia, we have the unique situation where we're working backwards. We have the existing resources and infrastructure including the specialised workforce of Exercise Physiologists and the Medicare subsidies which enable Australians to access these services, but we need to significantly increase our activity levels as 70% of Australians are not active enough.

Accredited Exercise Physiologists are allied health professionals, providing exercise and lifestyle therapies for the prevention and management of chronic disease, injury and disability.

Accredited Exercise Physiologists are allied health professionals, providing exercise and lifestyle therapies for the prevention and management of chronic disease, injury and disability.

Exercise Physiologists (AEPs) Vs Personal Trainers (PTs)

Accredited Exercise Physiologists (AEPs) are not Personal Trainers. AEPs are allied-health professionals with Medicare Provider numbers and are trained members of the health and medical sector. Fitness professionals (e.g. personal trainers) are members of the sport and recreation sector.

Personal Trainer

  • The Personal Fitness Trainer Qualification (Certificate 4) may be completed in less than 6 weeks of training.
  • Qualified and insured to design and deliver fitness programs to persons of low risk only (i.e. "apparently healthy populations").

Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP)

  • Allied Health Provider
  • 4 Year University Degree qualified and accredited with ESSA.
  • Specialise in graded exercise therapy and lifestyle interventions for persons at risk of developing, or with existing chronic and complex medical conditions and injuries (i.e. ‘specific populations').
What Is An Accredited Practising Dietitian?

Accredited Practicing Dietitian s (APDs) have the qualifications and skills to provide expert nutrition and dietary advice. APDs are university-qualified professionals that undertake ongoing training and education programs to ensure that they are your most up-to-date and credible source of nutrition information, in line with DAA Professional Standards.

APDs are trained to assess nutritional needs. They also assist people to manage health conditions and diseases using food as Medical Nutrition Therapy. APDs help treat a wide range of conditions including diabetes, heart disease, cancers, gastrointestinal diseases, food allergies, food intolerance's, disordered eating as well as overweight and obesity.

APDs can help with everyday healthy eating by translating scientific health and nutrition information into practical advice. APDs:

  • Assess individual nutritional needs
  • Develop personalised eating plans
  • Develop medical nutrition therapy plans
  • Deliver group nutrition education sessions
  • Sort out nutrition fact from fiction
  • Undertake nutrition and food research
  • Train health care professionals
  • Develop nutrition communications, programs and policies.

APD is the only national credential recognised by the Australian Government, Medicare, the Department of Veterans Affairs and most private health funds as the quality standard for nutrition and dietetics services in Australia. It is a recognised trademark protected by law. Medicare and most private health funds will provide rebates for visits to private APDs.

Medicare initiatives provide rebates on chronic health conditions under a care plan coordinated by a general practitioner. Medicare rebates are now also payable for group services provided by eligible diabetes educators, exercise physiologist and APDs for people with type 2 diabetes, on referral from a GP. Contact Medicare for further information about rebates.

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