NDIS – The National Disability Insurance Scheme

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is the new way of providing individualised support for people with disability, their families and carers. The NDIS is insurance, which gives peace of mind. Disability can affect anyone and having the right support makes a big difference.

The NDIS provides eligible people a flexible, multi-disciplinary approach to the support they need to pursue their goals. It also fosters social inclusion and economic participation.

To become an NDIS Participant a person must:

    1. Have a permanent disability that significantly affects their ability to take part in everyday activities, or have a developmental delay.
    1. Be ages less than 65 when they first apply to enter the NDIS.
  1. Be an Australian citizen or hold a permanent visa or a Protected Special Category visa.

People can also access the NDIS for early intervention and specific Early Childhood Early intervention approach that has been developed by the NDIS for children aged 0-6 years.

NDIS services offers:

    1. · Counselling
    1. · Dietetics
    1. · Home Nursing
    1. · Occupational Therapy
    1. · Paediatric Occupational Therapy
    1. · Paediatric Speech Pathology
    1. · Physiotherapy
  1. · Podiatry

NDIS – physiotherapists can help

Physiotherapists help people of all age groups and with different conditions. They help people take part in the community and be more independent.

Physiotherapists are often experts in treating children, young people and adults with a disability, heart and lung conditions, neurological and musculoskeletal conditions, and ageing and gender specific conditions.

Physiotherapists can help you, or the person you care for:

• get out of bed

• take a bath or shower, dress and eat

• move around the home and outside the home

• do daily jobs, or sports and hobbies

• manage pain and chronic conditions

• lose weight

• choose and learn to use new equipment, like wheelchairs, walking frames and orthotics.

You may need a short burst of care from a physiotherapist, or care for a longer time to achieve your goals. Our physiotherapists can put a plan together to help you now, and into the future.

Some health conditions need a number of health experts to work together. Physiotherapists also work closely with other health workers. Together they can help you manage more complex needs.

Physiotherapy is very safe. It uses evidence and research, and physiotherapists must also meet the same strict legal requirements to work, just like your GP and nurses.