NDIS: How We Can Help
If you’re eligible for the NDIS, we can help you get the most out of your funding, develop clear goals and deliver high-quality therapy to help you maintain your skills and function.
NDIS: How We Can help
Neurospace provides physiotherapy and exercise physiology services to many NDIS participants. If you have an NDIS Plan, we can help you by:
First things first - Give us a call!
We like to have a chat with you first, find out a little bit about you, what your needs are and see how we could help you. If we think we would be a good fit for you, we will get down to business and book an appointment and draft a service agreement. If we think you need help from a different provider, we can give you some ideas on who might be able to help you with what you need.
Step 1: Service Agreement
To begin with, we ask for a copy of your NDIS Plan, which lists the supports the NDIS has agreed to fund for you. This helps us understand your broad goals. Then we send you a Service Agreement, which outlines how and when we commit to delivering the therapy that will help you achieve those goals.
Step 2: Initial Assessment
This is when we start getting to know each other. Our Initial Assessment takes 60-90 minutes. It’s an important meeting where we go through your plan and start to flesh out your goals.
We collaborate with you to to make your goals more focused, moving from broad intentions to specific treatment goals that can be achieved through physiotherapy and/or exercise physiology.
That could be:
- Walking further
- Getting in and out of your wheelchair more easily
- Improving your strength, stamina, balance or coordination
- Setting up a program at your local gym to keep working on.
This is a great time to share your ideas – however big or small they may be! It gives us much more to work with as we try to identify the therapies that will help you achieve your goals. We also like to consider how you’ll know if you’ve achieved the goal – then we can celebrate your success together.
We’ll write a short report on this meeting and send it to you, your GP if you like, and also your case manager.
Step 3: Treatment Plan
After our Initial Assessment, we make a Treatment Plan which outlines:
- The therapy you need
- How long and how frequently the sessions will be
- Whether they’ll be individual or group sessions.
- Where they’ll take place.
Perhaps one of the biggest ways we help, is by enabling you to understand the NDIS and use it in the way that suits you best.
The NDIS has different categories of funding, namely core support, capital funds, and capacity building, each with their own subcategories. You can’t shift money between these budgets but you can, in some cases, use it flexibly within each budget.
Most of our services fall under the heading of Capacity Building and its various sub-categories. Exercise physiology supports appear under the heading of Health and Wellbeing (but they also come under Capacity Building now too). It’s intended to help you manage the impact of your disability. Physiotherapy is classed as therapeutic supports under the Daily Activity sub-category. The aim here is to help you increase your skills, independence and community participation.
Therapeutic supports are there to help you:
- Maintain your current level of functioning
- Achieve small, incremental gains
- Prevent decline.
Basically, that means we can help keep you moving well, and making the most out of what you have. . To make the most of the opportunities we do have, we’ll give you ideas on how to make your daily activities easier to accomplish. That might include exercise programs to follow at home, training your family and carers to help you in a more effective way, and recommending (but not supplying) equipment that helps your independence.
Step 4: Therapy Throughout the Year
Once the planning and paperwork is out of the way, we begin the in-depth work of therapy. We implement your plan, providing the physiotherapy or exercise physiology services we’ve agreed with you. That might be at our Canberra clinic, your home or a pool. It could be in individual or group sessions.
Our staff are highly skilled at effectively communicating with and delivering therapy to people with complex movement difficulties and long-standing, difficult to treat conditions. We enjoy building long-lasting relationships with our clients and we love it when we see you making progress towards your goals.
Step 5: Review Meeting
Your NDIS Plan usually lasts for one year. As the end of that year approaches, we’ll hold a review meeting with you to discuss how your therapy has gone and note your progress since the start of the year. We are required to report back to the National Disability Insurance Agency at the end of your Plan. Our report outlines your goals, your progress towards achieving them, and the next steps we recommend. That information informs your Plan Review and the development of a new Plan for the next year.
So, that’s an overview of how the team at Neurospace can help NDIS participants. If you’d like to learn more about how we could help you or someone you love, please get in touch.