The National Disability Insurance Scheme supports people with a permanent or significant disability that affects their ability to take part in every-day activities. So this means any permanent impairment. It can include conditions like:
- Cerebral palsy
- Acquired brain injury
- Cerebral palsy
- Hearing impairment
- Intellectual disability
- Developmental delay
- Global developmental delay
- Down syndrome
The NDIS works with you to identify the supports you need (like Physiotherapy) to achieve goals in many aspects of your life. This may include independence, involvement in your community, education, employment and health and well-being.
It provides greater choice and control over how and when you receive your supports and ensures you receive the support you need over your lifetime.
It also focuses on early intervention where getting early support can reduce the impact of disability for you or your child.
This is where Physiotherapy can be so helpful and beneficial. We will go into more detail below on NDIS Physiotherapy.
How to Access the NDIS?
The following requirements need to be met:
- You have a permanent and significant disability that affects your ability to take part in everyday activities,
- You are aged less than 65 when you first access the scheme,
- Be an Australian citizen, a permanent resident or a New Zealand citizen who holds a Protected Special Category Visa, and
- Live in an area where the NDIS is available. Which it is here on the Gold Coast where PhysioFlex is based.
You can also check your eligibility here NDIS Eligibility Checklist to find out if you can access the NDIS and register your interest.
Accessing Physiotherapy in Your NDIS Plan
Your goals are then determined by the National Disability Insurance Agency and if one of those goals is to ‘improve daily living’ under capacity building supports category then you can access Physiotherapy in your NDIS plan.
In order to support your goals, our Physiotherapists can provide you with a report that relates to your goals and demonstrates how Physiotherapy will help you to reach those goals over the next 12 months. Our reports will normally include information like:
- How many hours of support will be required to meet your goals in the next 12 months,
- How your diagnosis impacts your daily life and how our Physiotherapists will help you overcome this,
- How our Physiogherapy will be considered reasonable and necessary,
- Plus any previous Physiotherapy strategies used and how effective they were.
Once approved for Physiotherapy funding in your plan, your funding is then either:
- Self or Plan managed– You can access any of our Physiotherapists giving you more choice, or
- Agency Managed (NDIA)- You are limited to registred NDIS Physiotherapists only.
NDIS Physiotherapy Services
Our Physiotherapists can assist you to become more independent. The services we provide here at PhysioFlex include:
- Providing Physiotherapy reports for your NDIA Assessment
- Strengthening and conditioning
- Gait training
- Balance and coordination training
- Posture improvement
- Manual hands on massage to assist muscle activation and improvement
- Mobility practise, training and education
- Home exercise programs
- Equipment recommendations
- Mobility aid advice and progression
- Activity support
- Pain management and improvement
- Transfer practise and getting in and out of the house
- Moving around the home and in and out of bed or in and out of the shower.
- Help with activities around the house, sports, activities.
Of particular note is that we also come to the home. We provide a mobile home Physiotherapy service. This is particularly important especially if it is difficult for you to take transport and make your own way to our clinic. So give us a call if you prefer the mobile home physio with one of our Physiotherapists.