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Exercise Physiology through NDIS

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) provides funding to those with permanent disability and their family or support. This is to assist gaining more independence, access to the community, access to work and improve overall quality of life. The NDIS support over 500,000 Australians to help people gain supports and services needed.

The NDIS funds allied health services such as Exercise Physiology to assist those with managing their disability.

How an AEP can help those on NDIS:

Accredited Exercise Physiologists (AEPs) have expertise in using exercise to help those with chronic conditions and disabilities to manage or improve their symptoms. AEPs have specialised knowledge of a wide range of disabilities and the latest research of the best exercise prescription for that condition and individual goals. This exercise prescription can improve capacity building and increase independence. Funding for Exercise Physiology can be used from two budget areas of a NDIS plan.

  • Capacity building – Improved Daily Living

  • Capacity building – Improved Health and Wellbeing

If a NDIS participant has funds allocated to these areas, they are able to access Exercise Physiology. If there is minimal or no funds in these areas, changes can be made at next plan review. These services can be individual 1:1 sessions in clinic, individual 1:1 home visit sessions, small group sessions or via Telehealth.

What can an AEP do for you?

Seeing an AEP can be beneficial if you are living with a disability.

  • An AEP can help improve health if that disability leads to poor health or makes it hard to exercise independently.

  • An AEP can help you find the best type of exercise for your specific disability and limitations.

  • Assist with your goals to live as independently as possible, maintain or improve mobility and increase quality of life.

An initial assessment by an AEP through NDIS will involve an assessment of medical history and condition/s, current exercise, medications, limiting factors and goals. This will then guide a physical assessment looking at fitness, strength, limiting movements and mobility. This will then form the basis of exercises that may help you achieve your goals.

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