The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a scheme that “will provide more than $22 billion in funding a year to an estimated 500,000 Australians who have permanent and significant disability”. Though there are around 4.3 million Australians who have a disability, for many this will be the first time they receive the disability support they need. The NDIS is overseen by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) which is an independent statutory agency. Their role is to implement the NDIS which will help support a better quality of life for hundreds of thousands of Australians with a significant and permanent disability and their families and carers.
There are a wide range of different services that are covered under the NDIS that help support people with a disability in their daily personal lives. Under these services come health and wellness services, such as physiotherapy. Greenwood Physio has proudly been an NDIS provider since 2018. Since then we have worked with a wide range of clients on the NDIS to help achieve their short, medium and long term goals.
Whether you’re currently on the NDIS, you’re interested in getting on the NDIS or you’re the carer of someone who requires assistance, we are here to help you gain information about the role physiotherapy can play to someone who is on the NDIS. As a starting point, we have done a short Q&A with Greenwood Physio, Ellen Harvey. Ellen works with a number of our current NDIS clients and wanted to answer any general questions you might have.
In regards to physiotherapy, what does the NDIS fund?
The NDIS covers a wide range of different things depending on the individual. So when it comes to Physiotherapy, there are a number of treatments we will recommend for someone on the NDIS. The NDIS covers any treatment that is specifically related to your disability. The treatment has to have a high chance of assisting you in your independence and quality of life.
As a Physiotherapist, what type of services do you typically provide to help someone on the NDIS?
We can help you with services and equipment to help you be safer in the home and wider community. Our team is experienced in putting together exercise programs to help build your strength, fitness levels and mobility. At our Studio we are able to use a wide range of in-house equipment to assist you through exercise rehabilitation. We also offer hydrotherapy where we are able to take people into the swimming pool to do exercises there. Lastly, we offer hands-on treatment for patients who really need it. However, that’s only for individuals where that style of treatment will specifically help with the management of their disability.
What do you enjoy most about working with NDIS clients?
There are so many reasons I love working with NDIS clients. I find it a hugely rewarding part of my career. For me it’s great to be able to help someone get stronger, more confident and happier from the treatments I provide.
How many NDIS clients do you currently work with?
Here at Greenwood Physio we see a wide range of NDIS clients from all different walks of life at any given time, so it’s hard to say at any given time how many NDIS patients I’m currently working with. But they all range in age, ability and fitness level.
For more information regarding the NDIS, head over to the NDIS website, if you have any questions about Greenwood Physio or the services we are able to provide our NDIS customers, feel free to give us a call on 9246 0882 or contact us through our Online Contact Form. If you’re going to visit Greenwood Physio and are currently receiving the NDIS, please make sure you send through a copy of your NDIS plan so we can best tailor your treatment to suit your needs.