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Exercise Physiology through the NDIS

29 September, 2021

Exercise physiology is offered as a part of your NDIS plan. It focuses on capacity building through physical activities and assisting participants to become more independent. Focus Care has compiled a guide to explain what exercise physiology is, and how an exercise physiologist can provide you with support.

What is an exercise physiologist?

An exercise physiologist is a qualified Allied Health professional, specialising in clinical exercise interventions for people with a broad range of health issues. The main aim of an exercise physiologist is to help in restoring one’s optimal physical health and wellness. The activities are exercise-based, with a strong focus on achieving behavioural change and lifestyle modification.  

What does an exercise physiologist do?

An exercise physiologist are ‘engineers’ for the human body, taking a holistic approach and looking after the person as a whole. An exercise physiologist can also help you map out long term plans to achieve better health, and prevent further health complications such as heart disease or diabetes. 

An exercise physiologist will usually begin by assessing your current physical capabilities, goals, and needs. They will then develop the best course of action, in consultation with you, to help you regain your endurance, strength, control, and mobility.

How can you benefit from exercise physiology?

There are a number of benefits from having exercise physiology included in your NDIS plan. These include:

What is the difference between an exercise physiologist and a physiotherapist?

The main difference between physiotherapy and exercise physiology is that physiotherapists can assess, provide a diagnosis, and treat your condition. An exercise physiologist will instead assess and manage your condition with exercise. Because of this, there are certain instances where you will need one of these services, but some conditions may require assistance from both. 

How can I have exercise physiology funded in my NDIS plan?

There are multiple NDIS line items where exercise physiology is funded under your plan. Two of these areas are:

  1. Improved Daily Living Skills - 15200012613 OR 15200012813 OR 15799012613

  2. Improved Health & Wellbeing - 12027012633 OR 12027012833

The maximum NDIS rate for Exercise Physiology is $166.99/hour.

How can Focus Care help?

Focus Care is a registered NDIS provider, offering support services and Support Coordination as a part of your NDIS plan. We take the time to get to know you as a person, and focus on your individual goals and priorities. If you or a loved one is looking for disability support, please contact us today to see how we can help.

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