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11 December 2019

Physiotherapy: When will the NDIS cover it?

Physiotherapy can be a beneficial treatment for people with a range of conditions including physical disabilities, stroke, brain injury, cerebral palsy and neurological disorders.

Physiotherapy can be helpful for managing pain and improving mobility as well as supporting participation in sports and recreation activities.

Today, we’ll look at when the NDIS will cover physiotherapy treatment and how physiotherapy might be able to help you achieve your goals.

The NDIS and physiotherapy.

Physiotherapy comes under the Improved Daily Living category of the NDIS Capacity Building budget.

This category is designed to provide assessment, training, supports or therapy to assist you to develop skills to increase independence. It also covers a wide range of therapies, often provided by allied health services, like physiotherapists.

While physiotherapists can assist with many things, the services they provide often relate to improving movement and mobility. They also teach techniques for improving breathing.

When doesn’t the NDIS cover physiotherapy?

The NDIS may cover physiotherapy if the need is directly related to a disability, will assist you to meet your goals and covers the reasonable and necessary test (read more about What is reasonable and necessary?). If the need to obtain physiotherapy treatment is not directly related to your disability, then it will not be covered.

While the use of physiotherapy can be effective as a pain management strategy, it may only be covered by the NDIS if the pain is caused by a disability, not by other conditions.

Be aware that, depending on the circumstances, the NDIS may not fund physiotherapy required for rehabilitation after surgery. This service may be provided through the health system instead.

How physiotherapy can help.

Physiotherapists can help people with a disability to become more independent and maximise functioning of joints and muscles.

They use various techniques and treatments that can include:

  • Assessing posture, muscle tone, mobility and strength
  • Exercise programs
  • Joint manipulation and massage
  • Hydrotherapy (exercises in a pool)
  • Showing others how they can assist
  • The use of special equipment.

Find out more about Physiotherapists: what they do and how they can help you.

Physiotherapy and achieving your goals.

The use of funding for any NDIS budget category need to relate directly to your goals.

The types of goals that physiotherapy might be able to assist with include:

  • Becoming stronger so that you can do more things for yourself
  • Improving mobility so you can move more independently
  • Developing muscle tone and balance so you can learn how to do something new, like ride a bike
  • Managing or reducing pain to help you live a more active and sociable life
  • Teaching new exercises so you can become fitter and learn a new sport.

Physiotherapists are often part of an early intervention team for babies and young children with a disability, assisting in the development of motor skills like balance, sitting, crawling and walking.

Leap in! can help you achieve your goals.

The Leap in! Crew helps people to navigate the NDIS and achieve their goals. If you think physiotherapy could be beneficial for you, we can put you in touch with a physiotherapist in your area.

Check out our Provider Network Directory here or call us on 1300 05 78 78.