The relationship between NDIS and Exercise Physiology Services may not be clear to everyone, so let us explain how we can help.
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) provides support for Australians with disability, their families and carers. The aim of the NDIS is to provide support for those affected to build skills and capability so that they can participate in the community and employment. The NDIS allow services for exercise and physical activity via Accredited Exercise Physiologists (AEP) and Personal Trainers (PTs).
Accredited Exercise Physiologists are able to provide services under the NDIS to help improve the Health and Wellbeing of disabled individuals in the Capacity Building Budget. AEPs can design, deliver and evaluate safe and effective exercise interventions. Longevity Personal Training and Exercise Physiology do provide these services, both at our Edgecliff and Lindfield locations.
There is, however, a misunderstanding from many planners on the nature of Exercise Physiology services, resulting in these services being listed in the wrong plan, the “Improved Daily Living” category. This is significantly impacting on patient care as they are unable to receive immediate treatment.
Exercise Physiology services must be allocated in the ‘Health and Wellbeing’ category. Exercise Physiologists can improve functional capacity, in turn improving activities of daily living however AEPs are not approved under the ‘Improved Daily Living’ category. Currently, Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA) are lobbying for changes to be made to the allocation of funding.
Patients who have the wrong allocated funding can request a plan review to their case manager to have a budget categorised under the “Health and Wellbeing” category for Exercise Physiology services.
If you require further assistance on NDIS and Exercise Physiology Services please contact us.