What is the NDIS?
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) offers support for Australians with a permanent and significant disability. It is intended to support people with disability to develop skills and capacity so they can partake in work and community life. The NDIS is responsible for funding allied health services related to a person’s disability including Exercise Physiology.
Why see an AEP?
Accredited Exercise Physiologists (AEPs) have expert knowledge on the human body and the role of exercise in health, fitness, and reducing the onset of chronic conditions symptoms and disabilities. AEPs develop exercise programs for people with a wide variety of disabilities to help them manage their condition and build capacity for activities of daily living. AEPs can help people living with a disability to live a healthier life, gain independence and participate in work and the community.
Funding for exercise physiology can come from one of two budget areas in an NDIS plan:
· Capacity building – Improved Daily Living
· Capacity building – Improved Health and Wellbeing
If you have funds allocated to these categories, you can access these allied health support services. If your current budget is allocated to other categories and you’d like to receive allied health services, you can make changes at your next plan review.
NDIS services with an AEP can be provided as:
· individual sessions
· within small groups (including programs of support)
· via telehealth
Seeking the services of an AEP is highly recommended for you as part of your NDIS plan if you are living with a disability and:
· the disability makes it hard to maintain good health and well-being
· you are at increased risk of developing or already have an existing condition that impairs your physical movement
· your management plan goals relate to moving independently, maintaining mobility, and/or building strength or fitness
AEPs can tailor their programs for people with disabilities that address critical needs, such as:
· improved daily living capabilities
· improved mental and physical health and well-being
· the ability to engage in the community, including social activities
· overall strength and capacity improvements
Your first Appointment
On your first visit the AEP will conduct an initial assessment to gain required health information and assess your fitness level/capacities. They will use this information to develop a specific program. You may also be given diet, nutrition or lifestyle advice and be supported to make changes that will help you achieve your goals.