National Disability Insurance Scheme

What is the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)?

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is required by law to provide 'reasonable and necessary supports' to help eligible people with a disability live more independently. The scheme is designed for people aged under 65.

The NDIS has two arms. There are individual support packages available to around 475,000 people with high levels of assessed needs. There is also the more recently introduced Information Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) program, which aims to assist all 4.3 million Australians aged 16-65 with a disability. This promotes inclusion of all people with disability into their communities by helping individuals and by building the community’s capacity to welcome them. For many people, it will be the first time they receive the disability support they require.

The NDIS can provide all people with a disability with relevant information and connections to services in their communities, including doctors, sporting clubs, support groups, libraries and schools. It will also provide information about what support is provided by each state and territory government. 

The NDIS funds a range of reasonable and necessary

supports and services to assist eligible participants

live more independently. These supports may include:

  • education 

  • employment

  • social participation 

  • independence 

  • living arrangements; and 

  • health and wellbeing. 

WHAT MAKES A SUPPORT 'REASONABLE AND NECESSARY'? 

It is contrary to the NDIS philosophy to have a formula that dictates reasonable and necessary supports for a particular type and severity of disability – nor is it practical. Two people with the same type and severity of disability may have different goals and so different support needs. One person may want to pursue education and employment, while another may want more community activities. 

 

In order to be considered 'reasonable and necessary', a support or service:

  • must be related to a participant’s disability;

  • must not include day-to-day living costs that are unrelated to your disability support needs, such as groceries;

  • should represent value for money;

  • must be likely to be effective and work for the participant; and

  • should take into account support given to you by other government services, your family, carers, networks and the community.

 

A participant's reasonable and necessary support takes into account any informal supports already available to the individual, such as informal arrangements that are part of family life or natural connections with friends and community services, as well as other formal supports, such as health and education.

These supports will help participants to:

  • pursue their goals, objectives and aspirations;

  • increase their independence;

  • increase community and workplace participation; and

  • develop their capacity to actively take part in the community.

 

Providers are an important part of the NDIS, delivering a product or service support to a participant. Participants can choose who they wish to work with, and their NDIS plan identifies what outcomes they wish to achieve, and the supports they will use. For more information visit Australian Department of Human Services - NDIS.

How Do Exercise Physiology and Dietetics Apply to the NDIS?

Exercise Physiology & Dietetics are classified as accredited services within the NDIS system and Full Circle Wellness is registered as an approved provider within the state of Queensland. All disabilities and conditions approved through the NDIS can receive Exercise Physiology and Dietetic services if appropriate.

 

Exercise Physiology and Dietetics can provide assistance with the following disabilities: 

  • Autism and learning disorders 

  • Amputation

  • Brain Injury

  • Cognitive disabilities

  • Cerebral palsy 

  • Down Syndrome 

  • Learning disabilities 

  • Intellectual disabilities 

  • Multiple Sclerosis

  • Muscular Dystrophy

  • Neurological: Parkinsons’ Disease, epilepsy, etc 

  • Paraplegia 

  • Vision and hearing impairments

  • Stroke

Exercise Physiology & Dietetics can provide the following benefits via specific appropriate and evidence based practice: 

  • Reduce the risk of, manage and mitigate chronic disease.

  • Improve general, cardiac, respiratory, metabolic and psychological function. 

  • Improve movement patterns via strength, stability and mobility intervention. 

  • Improve functional capacity. 

  • Improve quality of life and activities of daily living. 

  • Increase independence. 

 

Exercise Physiology & Dietetic services can be provided via Category 12 of your NDIS package. Package 12 - Improved Health and Wellbeing - Disability impacts on the ability to perform daily activities (ADL). Depending on the management structure of your package you may also have the potential to consult with an exercise physiologist via other avenues. 

If you would like more information on how to utilise an exercise physiologist or dietitian through your NDIS package please feel free to contact our office on 07 5456 1599 to discuss our services and how they be applicable for your situation.