What is an Exercise Physiologist and how can I get it funded in my NDIS plan?

An Exercise Physio-what? Do you mean a physiotherapist? Nope. How about a personal trainer? Nope. Hmm, so then what exactly is an Exercise Physiologist?

The team at Hunter MoveAbility have made it super easy to understand. Read below to find out:

  • What an Exercise Physiologist actually does
  • Why YOU might benefit from it!
  • How you can fund exercise physiology in youar NDIS plan

What is an Exercise Physiologist??

An Exercise Physiologist is a tertiary qualified Allied Health professional with a Medicare provider number and trained within the health and medical sector. They specialise in exercise therapy and lifestyle interventions for people at risk of developing, or with existing disabilities, chronic medical conditions and musculoskeletal injuries.

What does an Exercise Physiologist do??

Imagine a car: You are driving down the road when suddenly, the breaks don’t work effectively, and you hit another car. BOOO! Don’t worry, everyone walks away safely. Now what do you do? What is wrong with the car? What is happening? Why did my breaks stop? AAARRGGGHHH!!! Not an ideal situation, however, you need to get the car back on the road and back to doing its purpose of transporting you to where you want to go, right?

  • Step 1 – the car is taken to a mechanic, who identified that parts need to be replaced to ensure the car is working
  • Step 2 – the car needs to be put back into place by a panel beater and then testing needs to be done to ensure it works
  • Step 3 –  NOW – Who is looking at the reason for the breaks losing their effectiveness? Who is ensuring this problem doesn’t occur again or is at a reduced risk of occurring again?

Yep, you guessed it, the engineers are the ones that ensure the car is functioning at its best and most efficient capabilities. This is where Exercise Physiologists come into this system! Trained Exercise Physiologists are the engineers for the human body using individualised evidence-based and client-based programming. They are trained to look after the person as a whole and not just the injury or medical issue.

How can you benefit from Exercise Physiology?

The research is clear in building capacity for increased independence at home, work, school, or the community.

Here are only 3 reasons (there are a heap more!) Hunter MoveAbility believes funding for Exercise Physiology should be included in participant’s funding:

  • Exercise has been shown to improve function and make ADL’s easier.
  • Exercise has been shown to improve quality of life in participants
  • Exercise has been shown to improve a participant’s function and enable NDIS participants to find and sustain a job

How can I have it funded in my NDIS plan?

Do you believe that Exercise Physiology is the right therapy for you and will assist you in working towards your goals? Here are 2 budget areas where you can have Exercise Physiology funded under your plan.

  • Improved Daily Living Skills – 15_200_0126_1_3 OR 15_200_0128_1_3 OR 15_799_0126_1_3
  • Improved Health & Wellbeing – 12_027_0126_3_3 OR 12_027_0128_3_3
How much can my exercise physiologist charge me?

To see the latest NDIS price for Exercise Physiologist – go to our NDIS Price Search tool and type in ‘Exercise Physiology’.

If you are getting supports in your home and the therapist has to travel to you, they may also charge you for travel time & distance so make sure you discuss this withy our therapist BEFORE you start your therapy sessions

Want to know more?

Hunter MoveAbility offer Mobile NDIS Exercise Physiology and Clinic-based NDIS Exercise Physiology services in Nowra, Jervis Bay, Tamworth, and Hunter regions of NSW!

Get in touch with their awesome team to see how they can help you!

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