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Physiotherapy and the NDIS

Physiotherapy & rehabilitation practice aids to improve person’s ability to move and function. Physiotherapists study the science of movement and are trained to trace the underlying causes of an injury. Consider seeing a physiotherapist if you have an injury, an ongoing chronic pain which affects your day-to-day activity, and in some cases, your doctor may refer you to a physiotherapist after you have gone through a surgery like hip replacement or after stroke.

It can cater to people with disabilities in a plethora of ways like pain management, home exercise programs, management advice on specific conditions even recommendations for equipment and mobility aids. It can focus on both prevention and rehabilitation. Physiotherapy covers the following:

· Physical disabilities – 1. like neck and back pains, 2. disabilities brought about by post-surgery like after effects of amputation,3. spinal cord injuries 4. pelvic issues, loss of mobility because of trauma to disease or brain and spine.

· Acquired brain injuries

· Autism spectrum disorder

· Intellectual and psychosocial disabilities

· Cerebral Palsy

· Stroke

· Multiple sclerosis

· Fatigue, pain, swelling, stiffness and loss of muscle strength

· Pain management

· Postural skills

· Coordination and mobility

· Breathing exercises

· Muscle strengthening

· Home exercise

They may also be able to provide further assistance with:

· Helping with getting out of bed, showering, bathing, dressing and eating

· Moving at home and within the community

· Sports and activities

· Weight control

· Choosing and learning to use new equipment and mobility aids to enable goal achievement

NDIS can fund physiotherapy to help provide individualized care while helping participants live independently and achieve their future goals . Funding will be assessed based on the participant’s goals and what is determined to be reasonable and necessary by the NDIA. It is allocated in the ‘Improved Daily Living’ under the Capacity Building Supports category.

Like any other funding request, you need to provide and submit documents to the NDIA to prove that you need the funding. The report should include the following:

· Details of your diagnosis and how it impacts your daily life

· Explanation on how physiotherapy can help overcome the barriers mentioned in statement

· How the support would be considered as reasonable and necessary

· Report from your physiotherapist detailing the benefits it can provide to the actualization of the goals you have set

· How it provides value for money and how it can impact your future funding as you will be needing less supports in the future, should the funding be granted.

· Duration- estimated hours of support needed to meet each goal

· Previous strategies implemented and their outcomes

Your session with your physiotherapist will be unique as it will be tailored fit to your current needs. In general , these are the things you should be expecting :

  • Medical history review

  • Physiotherapist will assess your condition

  • A treatment plan will be crafted which should be anchored to your goals

  • List of recommendations and prescribed course of exercises including details on the assistive devices needed

If your plan is agency, or NDIS managed, your choice will be limited as to who you get as your physiotherapist.

However, if your NDIS plan is self-managed or plan-managed, you have the choice and control to choose your preferred physiotherapist.

Do you have a plan and in need of physiotherapy services? Get Plan Managed with Yogi Care and gain access to all registered/ non-registered NDIS service providers and choose which one suits you best.

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