If you’re after exercise physiology services as part of your NDIS plan, chances are that you’ll be covered – with some caveats.
First, the exercise physiology services have to be deemed ‘reasonable and necessary’ under the NDIS criteria. This means that the services must be directly related to the participants’ disability, and assist with employment, social participation, independence, or health and well-being. If you’ve got any of these goals in your NDIS plan, and exercise physiology would have a tangible impact on your progress towards them, you should be good to go!
It’s important to note that the NDIS won’t fund a gym membership. Your exercise physiology funding is for specific, targeted interventions. A gym membership is considered a day-to-day cost rather than part of a participants’ living support needs. You can however access funding for supports that facilitate your access to these gym services.
What can an NDIS exercise physiologist do?
The short answer is that it really depends on your goals. Exercise physiology is a capacity building exercise, meaning that it’s designed to increase your independence and ability to undertake day-to-day tasks, such as driving, cleaning, or attending your place of employment. An exercise physiologist will typically perform an initial assessment and then plan out an individual exercise routine tailored to your needs. These exercises usually involve walking training, balance exercises, core strength, posture correction and resistance training.
Exercise physiology falls under the Improved Health and Wellbeing and Improved Daily Living categories.
Want to learn more about exercise physiology on the NDIS? Our friendly team are happy to help you. Get in touch at our website or alternatively call us at (02) 9158 6163 and we’ll be more than happy to help.