Exercise Physiology: What NDIS funding categories can be used
Under the NDIS, funding for exercise physiology services can fall under several categories, depending on the participant's specific needs and goals. The primary funding categories for exercise physiology include:
Capacity Building – Improved Health and Wellbeing: This category focuses on building a participant's capacity to manage their own health and wellbeing. Exercise physiology services can be funded under this category if they are deemed reasonable and necessary to address a participant's specific disability-related health and wellbeing needs. This may include services such as assessments, individualized exercise programs, and ongoing support and monitoring.
Capacity Building – Improved Daily Living: In this category, funding is allocated to support skill development and increase independence in daily living activities. Exercise physiology services can be included if they are deemed necessary for improving the participant's ability to perform everyday tasks and activities. These services may involve creating customized exercise programs to improve strength, mobility, coordination, and overall functional capacity, which in turn can enhance the participant's ability to engage in daily living activities.
Core Supports – Assistance with Daily Life: While exercise physiology services are not typically funded under this category, there can be some exceptions if the services are closely linked to a participant's daily living needs. For example, if exercise physiology is necessary for a participant to build their strength and mobility to perform essential daily activities (e.g., dressing, showering, transferring), it may be funded under this category.
It is important to note that each NDIS participant's plan is individualized, and the funding categories used to cover exercise physiology services will depend on the specific goals and needs of the participant. To access exercise physiology services, it is crucial to discuss these needs with your NDIS planner or Local Area Coordinator (LAC) during your planning meeting. They will help you identify the most appropriate funding category to include exercise physiology in your NDIS plan.