Exercise is Medicine® (EIM) is a global initiative lead by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). EIM Australia is managed by Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA).


EIM Australia is focused on encouraging health care providers, with a specific focus on doctors, nurses and aboriginal health workers, to review and assess every patient’s physical activity levels at every visit. Patients should be counselled on exercise regimens, and provided with an exercise prescription or referral to an accredited exercise physiologist, accredited exercise scientist or appropriately qualified allied health professional.


Our Vision


To make physical activity and exercise a standard component of chronic disease prevention and management.

Call to Action


General Practitioners, Practice Nurses & Allied Health Professionals

Exercise is Medicine® Australia is encouraging general practitioners, practice nurses and allied health professionals to make a physical activity or exercise assessment a part of their interaction with every patient, every visit.


Exercise is Medicine® Australia is providing resources to assist healthcare providers assess their patient’s current physical activity levels, to educate healthcare providers and patients alike, on the role that exercise has in the prevention, treatment and management of chronic conditions as well as referral processes in Australia.


The primary aim of Exercise is Medicine® Australia is to encourage physical activity or exercise that is sustained for the long-term.

National Advisory Council Members

Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA)

Rhiannon Bennett (EIM Australia Project Officer)
Anita Hobson-Powell (CEO Exercise & Sports Science Australia)

University of Queensland (UQ)
Jeff Coombes (EIM Australia National Director)

Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association (APNA)
Nicole McClure

Australasian College of Sport and Exercise Physicians (ACSEP)
Kate Simkovic
Hamish Osborne

Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA)
Anja Nikolic

Edith Cowan University (ECU)
Robert Newton

Sports Medicine Australia (SMA)
Anthony Merrilees

Tintenbar Medical Centre
Lynne Davies

University of the Sunshine Coast (USC)
Chris Askew

The Department of Health 
Elizabeth Flynn