How does the NDIS fund therapies?

The NDIS may fund for therapies under three seperate categories of your NDIS plan:

Can I access ANY therapy I want?

At the end of the day, the therapy supports you engage with must be evidence-based and related to your disability, in order for the NDIS to deem it reasonable. If you wish to access therapies for health-related issues this would be funded by the health department such as medicare.

Certain therapies such as osteopathy, chiropractics, myopathy if reasonable will require approval from your LAC in writing in order to use your NDIS funds.

For example, if your child with Autism is engaging with a podiatrist for gait related issues, the NDIS would only consider funding this if the gait related issued was caused by their disability. You can read more about disability-related health supports HERE

Improved Daily Living Funding

This is the most commonly funded category for funding to help increase your skills, independence and community participation. These services can be delivered in groups or individually. This can include a number of assessment, training or therapy for a number of supports including but not limited to:

  • Occupational Therapy
  • Speech Therapy
  • Psychology
  • Physiotherapy
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Counselling
  • Developmental Educator
  • Rehabilitation Counsellor

For children under 9 years of age, this may also Early Childhood Professionals such as include:

  • Developmental Educator
  • Early Childhood Teacher or Educator
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Social Worker
  • Speech Pathologist
  • Other Professional

Improved Relationships

This funding category is aimed at developing positive behaviours and interact with others, and is usually funded for participants who may have complex or unclear needs, that require long term or intensive supports to address behaviours of concern.

These supports must be provided by a trained professional who follows the NDIS Quality and Safeguarding Framework, these supports may include:

  • Specialist Behavioural Intervention Support
  • Behaviour Management Plan Including Training in these Behaviour Management Strategies
  • Individual Social Skills Development

Improved Health & Wellbeing

This funding category includes exercise or diet advice to manage the impact of your disability. Your goal might be to learn about healthy eating and managing your diet, engaging in a specialised exercise program to meet your goals or returning to exercise following injury

The type of therapy supports that fall under this category include a:

  • Dietitian
  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Personal Training

How can I find a therapist?

There are several people you can go to for help finding a therapist, and the best place to start is with a trusted source who knows about supports in your local area. You can try talking to your

  • MyCareSpace is a FREE Community Service who can help you find the perfect services in your area
  • LAC/NDIS Planner: Ask your planner if they have any recommendations of therapist in your area
  • Support Coordinator: If you have support coordination in your plan, your Support Coordinator (SC) can help you find the right services
  • Family & Friends: Word of mouth is always a great way to find a therapist that’s right for you
  • NDIS Provider Finder

Use our PROVIDER FINDER to search local providers in your area

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