About Ellen Wilson
Ellen has always been extremely passionate about preventing and managing chronic diseases and conditions. She is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist, Credentialled Diabetes Educator and PDHPE Secondary Education Teacher. Ellen has seven years experience specialising in diabetes, metabolic syndrome, obesity, cancer, mental health and wellbeing, respiratory diseases, cardiovascular diseases and conditions, hypertension, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, pelvic floor and lower back strengthening, enhancing physical function and falls prevention. Ellen is a Better Breathing Practitioner, Healthy Eating Activity and Lifestyle (HEAL) facilitator and Life Now Facilitator. Ellen believes exercise, nutrition and laughter are the best medicine!!
Ellen has grown up in Kingscliff NSW where she undertook her studies at Griffith University on the Gold Coast completing a Bachelor of Exercise Science and Diploma of Secondary PDHPE and Biology Education in 2011. After working as a Secondary Education Teacher in Townsville QLD to teach the next generation she moved back to Kingscliff to work as an Accredited Exercise Physiologist in Northern NSW and the Gold Coast region. Ellen is extremely passionate about preventing and managing lifestyle and chronic diseases and conditions and completed a Graduate Certificate in Diabetes Education and Management in 2014 at Southern Cross University. She has been working at Kingscliff Family Medical since 2015 as an Exercise Physiologist and Diabetes Educator and her own practice in Cabarita.
An Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) is a four year university qualified allied health professional, who specialises in clinical exercise interventions for people at high-risk of developing, or with existing, chronic and complex medical conditions and injuries. These interventions are provided by exercise delivery including health and physical activity education, advice and support and lifestyle modifications with a strong focus on achieving behavioural change. AEPs are the most qualified health professional to prescribe exercise for people with a chronic disease.
An Exercise Physiologist can help you with:
- Cardiopulmonary including but not limited to hypertension, coronary artery disease, peripheral vascular disease, myocardial infarction, chronic heart failure, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and shortness of breath.
- Metabolic including but not limited to obesity, hypercholesterolemia, diabetes and metabolic syndrome.
- Musculoskeletal including but not limited to arthritis, osteoporosis, musculoskeletal pain and injuries e.g. lower back pain, knee pain and rectus diastasis.
- Neurological/Neuromuscular including but not limited to stroke, spinal cord injury, acquired brain injury and parkinson’s disease.
- Cancers including but not limited to breast, prostate and bowel cancer.
- Mental illness including but not limited to depression, anxiety, PTSD and wellbeing.
- Conditions associated with ageing including but not limited to balance, strength, aerobic fitness, mobility and flexibility.
70% of Australians are not active enough!
What is a Diabetes Educator and how can they help?
A Diabetes Educator is an university-trained health professional who educates, supports and motivates those with diabetes or pre-diabetes to improve their health and lifestyle and prevent complications. If you would like to discuss your health with Ellen to see if this service would be beneficial for you please get in touch.
Better Breathing Program (drug free)
Ellen is a facilitator of the Better Breathing Program, which is evidence based and drug free. It is designed to help maximize your breathing potential and help with respiratory rehabilitation for anyone with COPD, emphysema, asthma, shortness of breath or anyone wanting to improve their breathing. This is a 6x week program which includes extensive respiratory muscle function testing, breathing technique training, Inspiratory Muscle Training (IMT) and individualised home based breathing training program.
Healthy Eating, Activity and Lifestyle (HEAL)
Ellen is a Healthy Eating, Activity and Lifestyle (HEAL) facilitator. HEAL is an 8 week group program assisting people who are overweight or obese, have type 2 diabetes mellitus or heart disease, to improve their health, by providing education focusing on improving nutrition, physical activity and promoting self-management.
Some of Ellen’s clients would like to share their stories..
“I was referred to Ellen Wilson by my GP because I needed to improve my physical and mental health and energy levels. For far too many years I’d had a sedentary lifestyle while dealing with a long-term depression. I was so un-fit a 30 minute walk would really knock me up. Reasons not to go for a walk were easy to find.”
“Ellen wasn’t quick to tell me what to do from the get go. First, she really listened in order to get to know my current ‘whole of life’ situation and my history and how I would ‘think’ through things. She was good at understanding what were my biggest barriers to manage and why I was having troubles. Then she was able to offer very practical tips and together we worked out a realistic goal to achieve and only then set out to create a program that might work for me.”
“More helpful than anything was Ellen’s empathy and ability to pick up on my negative ‘thinking habits’ and ‘beliefs’ (I didn’t know I had).”
“In less than 8 weeks I am now brisk walking 5 days per week for 1hr and thoroughly enjoying it. I am now feeling calm, organized, productive and my energy levels and mood have significantly improved.”
“I highly recommend Ellen Wilson if you’re looking to improve your health and lifestyle too!”Mr. SA of Cabarita Beach - 63 years old - June 2020
“I have been suffering with osteoarthritis in my knees for many years. Since having seen Ellen Wilson Accredited Exercise Physiologist she has kept me mobile and tremendously well. If it wasn’t because of the exercises, education and continuous support Ellen has given me, I could have ended up in a wheelchair. From my humble opinion, Ellen has a very caring, happy and positive manner. I have no hesitation what so ever to recommend Ellen to any of my friends or anybody for medical services or rehabilitation.”Yours very truly, Ray Smith
“Ellen is extremely caring, encouraging and professional. I have learnt more from Ellen than I have in all the years I have had diabetes and other medical conditions. She taught me in a very simple and effective way I could understand and I was provided with great resources I can regularly refer to. I have completely changed my life around. I now exercise nearly everyday, improved my eating habits, feel more energetic, less fatigued and motivated to improve my health everyday. I could not recommend Ellen highly enough. Thank you, Ellen!”Jill Serone
“He (my husband, Phillip) now says he feels the best he has in 40 years, he is sleeping better and now has the will to keep on going. Thanks to Ellen’s expertise, for being there the whole way and encouraging us. We both highly recommend Ellen & the HEAL Program.”Carolane & Phillip DiSalvia
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“The reason for seeing Ellen was Phillip had to see the Dr about his diabetes, he was told that he had to lose weight or he would have to go on Insulin. This was a wake-up call for him. The Dr told us about the Healthy Eating Activity & Lifestyle (HEAL) Program run by Ellen at Kingscliff.
The first time we went to see Ellen, Phillip weighed 114.5kg with no energy and had really bad eating habits. Ellen put Phillip on a very easy, individualised home exercise program and over the last 12 weeks he has gone from 15 minutes per day to over 1 hour per.
We started the HEAL Program which was very beneficial to us and now he has learnt how to eat properly, exercise and lead a healthy lifestyle. This is an excellent program for him, Ellen encouraged him all the way and with a lot of hard work he has completely turned his lifestyle around. He has lost 13kgs and 10.5cm from his Waist Circumference in the 12 weeks.
He now says he feels the best he has in 40 years, he is sleeping better and now has the will to keep on going.
I also had to lose weight and better my lifestyle. Now that we are both doing the program it is helping the both of us. I have lost 6kgs with only walking as my exercise and am eating better having now the knowledge and skills to make healthier lifestyle choices.
“Thanks to Ellen’s expertise, for being there the whole way and encouraging us. We both highly recommend Ellen & the HEAL Program.”
Enquiry / Booking Form
If you have a patient that you wish to refer to Ellen for her specialist services please use these downloadable PDF forms. Please contact Ellen for further information if required.