5th May 2020 - Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic the CEPNZ competency exam, which was scheduled to be held in early June, has been postponed until access to examination spaces can be confirmed. Keep an eye on the CEPNZ website for updates. You can register your interest in the upcoming exam by emailing
5th May 2020 - The CEPNZ Board recently met to discuss recent developments including the Covid-19 pandemic that has severely impacted all of us.
In 2019, CEPNZ joined the Allied Health Association of New Zealand (AHANZ), the national organization for allied health professions. AHANZ has an important role working with government ministries including the Ministry of Health. A recent update on practice during Level 3 has been circulated to AHANZ members and is summarized below:
Alert Level 3 Guidelines
Virtual appointments should be provided where possible and are the preferred method of service delivery. Face to face appointments may be provided for urgent care only so long as professional can take appropriate measures to manage public health.
‘Urgent care’ for community allied health professionals is defined as:
a condition which is life of limb threatening OR
treatment required to maintain the basic necessities of life OR
treatment that cannot be delayed or carried out remotely without risk of significant harm or permanent and/or significant disability
which cannot be delivered by a service which is currently operating or by health professionals that are already in contact with the patient.
Clinical Exercise Physiology does not meet any of the requirements for urgent care and therefore must only be held via virtual appointments during this level.
The Ministry of Health is continuing to develop guidelines for health professionals as the move to Alert Level 2 draws closer. These guidelines will focus on:
Practicing good infection prevention control procedures.
Using the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).
Keeping accurate documentation of appointments to aid contact tracing if required.
CEPNZ will be holding a Q+A session on Wednesday 6th May 4PM via Zoom so your questions can be answered, and your concerns passed on to the Allied Health representative with the Ministry of Health.
There will be another session following the announcement for the move to Level 2 to provide you updated advice on the above guidelines so they can be put into place before you see your patients face to face.
Please contact Tyler at firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest in the following sessions.
8th April 2020 - The CEPNZ Conference for 2020 has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The CEPNZ Annual General Meeting will still be held on July 11th via Zoom. Further details for the conference and AGM will be released to CEPNZ members by email.
21st November 2019 - Postgraduate Research Practitioner Grant applications are open for study at Wintec for 2020.This opportunity will enable you to gain practical experience in an applied theory learning environment providing impactful solutions for industry and community stakeholders. More information here
24th October 2019 - CEPNZ Competency Exam
The next exam date and locations have been confirmed. The exam will be held on Saturday 23rd November 9:30am to 11:30am. Potential applicants are encouraged to contact CEPNZ by Friday 15th November at email@example.com. Previous unsuccessful applicants will be contacted via email. New applicants are required to apply for registration via the membership tab. Applicants should list their preferred location from Auckland, Hamilton, or Palmerston North. Applicants from the South Island may be able to be accommodated by request.
Applicants can review Study Tips for the exam here.
5th June 2019 - Website update. A new 'Members Only' section of the CEPNZ website has been released which includes details for APC renewal, continuing education requirements, and job advertisements. This area is restricted to CEPNZ members. You can create an account by clicking the link at the top right hand corner of the website.
5th June 2019 - Invoices for membership renewal 2019-2020 have been sent out to current members. If you haven't received your invoice please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Payment due by 1st July 2019.
18th April 2019 - the next scheduled CEPNZ competency examination is scheduled to be held on Saturday 8th June 9:30am to 11:30am. To apply for RCEP certification, please apply via the membership tab and submit supporting documents to email@example.com.
30th March 2019 - The CEPNZ conference was a big success. Thank you to all our speakers. Attendees can request copies of the presentation slides from firstname.lastname@example.org. At the AGM, two new board members were voted to represent the society members: Hannah Crosswell from Axis Sports Medicine and Megan Reyden from Optimize Health. Check out their bio's on the 'CEPNZ Board' information page
26th March 2019 - Job opportunity: Starship Children's Hospital invites applications for Sleep and Respiratory physiologist positions to join their friendly, multidisciplinary team. Permanent roles up to 1.9FTE are available. Applications close 13th April 2019. Check out the full advertisement here.
22nd February 2019 - the Auckland CEP Practitioner Group Summer Symposium will be held at AUT Millenium's Human Potential Clinic on Tuesday 12th March 2019 6pm - 8pm. Confirmed speakers include Dr Tony Scott providing a talk on cardiovascular medicine and a presentation from Matt Wood and Graham Keyes about the recent WDHB Cardiac Rehab pilot programme. Video conferencing available for those outside of Auckland. View the flyer here. Contact Avyn Rowlands at email@example.com for any enquiries.
22nd February 2019 - Job opportunity: ExerciseWell is looking for a dedicated, passionate and experienced clinical exercise physiologist to cover parental leave for 12 months at their clinic on the beautiful Kapiti coast. The role could also be adapted to two part time roles between 0.4-0.6 FTE. Check out the full advertisement here.
19th February 2019 - Job opportunity: 2 x Developmental Orientation and Mobility Specialists with BLENNZ. More info here
The Lifestyle Medicine 2019 conference is an opportunity to not only share contemporary knowledge, experience and research in Lifestyle Medicine but also to bring together a multidisciplinary network of clinicians, health policy professionals, scientists and researchers to stimulate engaging and thought-provoking conversations. Lifestyle Medicine is specifically designed to meet the educational and professional needs of this cohort.
Check out the conference flyer here
17th October 2018 - Allied Health, Scientific & Technical Networking Forum scheduled for 1 November at the Horne Lecture Theatre, Wellington Hospital. The forum focus is Health Equity and is free although registration is required. All interested health professional are welcome including by Zoom. More details available here or by contacting Gayle Ryan (AHST Educator) at firstname.lastname@example.org
3rd October 2018 - the next scheduled CEPNZ competency examination is scheduled to be held on Saturday 17th November 9:30am to 11:30am. To apply for RCEP certification, please apply via the membership tab and submit supporting documents to email@example.com.
3rd October 2018 - Job opportunity at the ExerScience Clinic. The ExerScience Clinic is looking for a full time registered clinical exercise physiologist. Check out the full advertisement here.
29th September 2018 - the Auckland CEP Spring Symposium will be held at The Trusts Arena, Henderson on Thursday 25th October 6:30pm-8:30pm. The guest speaker is Francisco Serrano, Senior Lecturer and Education Consultant from Manukau Institute of Technology. Flyer with more details available here. Please email Avyn Rowlands at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
20th June 2018 - Your Neuroplastic Approach to Treating Parkinson's. Melissa McConaghy, Founder of PD Warrior, is a Specialist Neurological Physiotherapist and has been working with PD patients for 17 years. PD Warrior is running a "Neuroplasticty in Parkinson's" practical workshop for Health Professionals at Auckland University of Technology on 11th August (flyer attached). There are only 20 places available for this course & the Volunteer Parkinson's patient roster is already full with a waiting list for 3 future TBC PD Warrior health professional courses. Check out the flyer here for more details or go to the PD Warrior website.
29th May 2018 - the Auckland CEP Winter Symposium is scheduled to be held on Tuesday 19th June 6-8pm. Details on the speakers and location are available here. Teleconferencing can be arranged if you are out of Auckland. To confirm your attendance, please email Avyn Rowlands at email@example.com
22nd May 2018 - the next scheduled CEPNZ competency examination is scheduled to be held on Saturday 23rd June 9:30am to 11:30am. The multiple choice exam is available in Auckland and Palmerston North. To apply for RCEP certification, please apply via the membership tab and submit supporting documents to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 15th June.
22nd May 2018 - the latest membership newsletter is available here
1st February 2018 - Opportunity to provide specialist exercise programmes for people with complex and chronic conditions
There’s an exciting opportunity for clinical exercise physiologists in the MidCentral health district. The MidCentral District Health Board (MDHB) wishes to fund a specialist exercise service that provides individually tailored exercise programmes for people with complex and chronic (long term) conditions such as respiratory, cardiac and diabetic disease. MDHB has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the services on the Government Electronic Tender Service (GETS).
If you are interested in this opportunity, you will need you be registered on GETS to obtain a copy of the RFP documentation. Registration is free. Please see https://www.gets.govt.nz. The RFP’s ID on GETS is 19402872.
MDHB will conduct a supplier briefing which will further inform the requirements of the RFP and the RFP process and provide an opportunity for questions. Attendance is recommended but not compulsory. The briefing session will be held at 10:30 – 12 noon on Friday, 9 February. If you wish to attend the session or have any questions, please contact MDHB via email at email@example.com.
24th January 2018 - CEP's are cordially invited to attend the Auckland CEP Summer Symposium on Tuesday 20th February 6-8PM. You can see further details of speakers and location here. To confirm your attendance, please email Avyn Rowlands at firstname.lastname@example.org.
19th January 2018 - You can now find registered clinical exercise physiologist in your area. Either click here or on the 'Find an Exercise Expert' tab on the menu and you can search for a RCEP near you. This page will be updated as more CEPs become registered.
3rd December 2017 - The Inaugural CEPNZ conference was a big success. Thank you to all our speakers. At the AGM, two new board members were voted to represent the society members: Matt Wood from AUT and Eleanor Nattrass from the ExerScience Clinic. Check out their bio's on the 'CEPNZ Board' information page
4th November 2017 - Announcing the Inaugural CEPNZ conference. In light of the growing number of qualified and registered CEPs in New Zealand, the board is pleased to announce the first dedicated clinical exercise physiology in New Zealand. Speakers from around the country will present recent research and informative talks about clinical exercise physiology. The CEPNZ AGM will be held on the same day so we encourage all members to attend. The conference schedule can be found here . Please RSVP to email@example.com by Wednesday 22nd November confirm your attendance.
6th October 2017 - the next scheduled CEPNZ competency examination is scheduled to be held on Saturday 11th November 9:30am to 11:30am. The multiple choice exam is available in Auckland and Palmerston North. To apply for RCEP certification, please apply via membership tab and submit supporting documents to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 3rd November.
30th March 2017 - The latest round of certification examinations has been scheduled for Saturday 22nd April 2017. A theoretical exam will be available in Auckland and Palmerston North. To apply for RCEP certification, please apply via the website by Friday 14th April.
30th March 2017 - A newsletter with updates on recent activity since the 2016 AGM is available here.
Ministry of Health Report on Clinical Exercise Physiology Role in NZ
The New Zealand Ministry of Health released a report on 17 February 2016 called: Evaluation of the establishment of Clinical Exercise Physiologist role in New Zealand. This document demonstrates the need and the benefit of clinical exercise physiologists in the New Zealand health care system.
We are going to start with the CEP certification process in March 2016 (essentially issuing the practice certificates).
Everyone who wants to become a registered CEP and thus eligible to practice as a CEP in New Zealand need to complete the application form (available under the membership button on this site) and send it to preferably before 11 March 2016.
Also, note the fact that you need to pay your $200.00 membership fee for 2016.
If you are not already a foundation member you also need to pay the $50 initial application fee.
NOTE: We will not issue certificates to individuals who have not completed the form and who have not paid their $200 year membership fees.
If you read this please check with your colleagues (who wants to register as practicing CEP's) and inform them of the deadline and forms that need to be completed.
NOTE: The form that most of you completed before was an application to become a foundation member.
In order to be considered for certification as a practicing CEP you need to complete the new form and in particular Sections C, D and E. Sections C and D will determine whether you will have to sit an oral exam or not.
Annual General Meeting
The AGM of CEPNZ was held at UCOL in Palmerston North on the 19 November 2015. The meeting was well attended and the Board and Members were very positive about the way the society was progressing. The officers were re-elected with no change and a new Board Member was nominated and this nomination was accepted. The main outcome was now that the task of establishing the society, and the process for accreditation, is almost over the line, we need to refocus on delivering benefits for members. These include setting up indemnity insurance, a directory of CEP experts (see the new tab on the www), ongoing PD opportunities, and establish an annual meeting for research during which we will hold the AGM. So watch this space!
CEPNZ Competencies Update (November 2015)
The CEPNZ scope document was ratified by the CEPNZ Board on Friday 6th March 2015. You can find a link to the document on the Accreditation tab.
CEPNZ new membership structure launched (January 2015)
CEPNZ has launched its new membership structure effective from April 1 2015 to align with the new financial year. All foundation members will be contacted in the New Year about this structure and will be able to renew their membership aligned to this framework. Details are available under the Membership tab.
Alignment with the Clinical Physiologists Registration Board (October 2014)
Since the initial discussions around setting up CEPNZ aligning ourselves with the allied health workforce has always been a key tenant of our existence. The Clinical Physiologists Registration Board (CPRB) and CEPNZ are starting discussions around if this can work for us all. This would be a good fit and would see CEPNZ aligned with clinical physiologists, scientists, technologists and technicians working in the areas of cardiology, respiratory, sleep medicine and renal dialysis. We'll keep you posted on how these talks are progressing.
CEPNZ June Board Meeting Held (June 2013)
The mid year CEPNZ Board meeting was held in Wellington on the 26th June with a full attendance. The board is making excellent progress with the three major projects it has set itself for 2013 around a) Foundation Membership b) Membership Structure from 2014 and beyond and c) establishing a registration process for practicing Clinical Exercise Physiologists. The Foundation Membership drive has started and will go into overdrive in the next month. The other two projects will be completed and in place by the end of 2013.
CEPNZ Foundation membership is now open (April 2013)
You can now join CEPNZ as a foundation member. This initial membership drive is crucial for the society to get an indication of the size of the membership and into which categories members will fall so we can foward plan for our various memberships to be launched from January 1st 2014. So spread this news widely to all of your stakeholders who might be interested. Visit the Membership tab to find out how to join.
CEPNZ becomes an Incorporated Society (March 2013)
It's official CEPNZ has landed! The Certificate of Incorporation (2573502) was awarded on 10th January 2013. If you visit http://www.societies.govt.nz/ and search for CEPNZ you can see all the relevent paperwork and rules of the society.
So we're now set to move into the next phase of our launch, setting the wheels of membership in action. Watch this space.
2013 Plans (January 2013)
In late 2012 documentation was submitted for the formation of our registered society. This outcome is now pending and should be announced shortly. We will then move to launch our Foundation Membership drive in February and then look to announce our inaugural Annual General Meeting during which we hope to ratify the Clinical Exercise Physiology Accreditation Pathway and confirm the various levels of CEPNZ Membership. Not much to do this year then!
CEPNZ Launches (November 2012)
The foundation Committee of CEPNZ was established following a meeting in Palmerston North on the 29th November 2012. Seventeen foundation members attended this meeting. Four members were nominated and voted onto the CEPNZ Committee.
Dean Rankin from UCOL in Palmerston North was elected as the inaugural chair of CEPNZ. "Its an exciting time to be in this field in New Zealand and the CEPNZ Committee is looking forward to growing membership over the next few months".
CEPNZ Board formed (November 2012)
The foundation Board of CEPNZ was established following a meeting in Palmerston North on the 29th November 2012. Seventeen foundation members attended this meeting. Four members were nominated and voted onto the CEPNZ Board. Members undertook to grow this committee and ratified the society rules (to be lodged with the Companies Office) to establish an incorporated society. In accordance with the rules of the society, elections of officers will be carried out annually.