Exercise Physiology and the NDIS

NDIS and exercise physiology

Exercise physiology is an allied health service that can help to achieve your NDIS goals. Exercise is important for keeping your body moving, maintaining muscle strength and fitness as well as your overall health. Exercise physiology can assist managing chronic disease and help people living with a disability.


Benefits of Exercise and Physical activity 

  • Increase fitness and endurance
  • Improve strength, flexibility and posture
  • Improve balance, coordination and prevent falls
  • Reduce spasticity and contractures
  • Improve sleep quality
  • Reduce symptoms of depression or anxiety
  • Reduce or manage pain
  • Improve functionality, independence and quality of life


What is an Exercise Physiologist?

 Exercise Physiologists specialise in clinical exercise interventions for persons at high risk of developing, or with existing chronic and complex medical conditions and injuries (ESSA). Their role is to assess your health and fitness to then identify activities or lifestyle changes that could support you to reach your goals. Accredited Exercise Physiologists (AEP’s) are accredited with Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) and can register as a provider with the NDIS. They develop individualised exercise programs for people living with a disability.


The NDIS and Accredited Exercise Physiologists 

NDIS funding can be allocated for exercise physiologists to treat the following:

  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Intellectual disability
  • Physical disability
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Stroke
  • Traumatic or acquired brain injury
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Chronic pain
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Fibromyalgia 


Your NDIS Plan and Exercise Physiology

 You’re most likely to need exercise physiology services as part of your NDIS plan if:

  • Your goal relates to moving more independently, building strength, participating in community sports or improving fitness.
  • You are at risk of developing or have an existing condition that impairs physical movement.
  • Your disability makes it hard to maintain good health or a healthy weight

Funding for exercise physiology can be arranged under 1 of 2 budget areas in your NDIS Plan:

  • Capacity building – improved daily living
  • Capacity building – Improved health and wellbeing


What to expect when you see an Exercise Physiologist

 Your exercise physiologist will commence with an initial assessment. This will entail a series of questions and assessments to gain an understanding of your health, fitness and ability. They will look at things like:

  • How you move
  • Your posture and balance
  • Fitness and strength
  • Respiratory and cardiovascular function
  • Diet and lifestyle
  • Current medications
  • Limiting factors or barriers

Once your exercise physiologist has completed their assessment, they will then provide education and advice on an exercise program to suit your needs. They will set a plan that includes a mode, type, frequency and duration of specific exercise to achieve your goals.

This may include:

  • Hydrotherapy
  • Resistance exercise
  • Cardiovascular endurance exercise

Each exercise program is individually tailored to ensure a safe, enjoyable and goals-based program.

To book in with one of our accredited exercise physiologists call us on 5535 5218 or Book Online.


Gold Coast Physiotherapy and Allied Health at Burleigh Heads and Broadbeach


References and Further Reading



Our Response to Covid-19

This page is up to date to our best knowledge, however, this is a rapidly evolving situation so we apologise for any potential delay in updating this information.

We want to reassure all our patients that we are following stringent infection control procedures in our clinic, and screen all people coming into the clinic, to exclude any patients that have any signs or symptoms consistent with Covid-19, as well as screening any patients that should be in isolation ie recently returned from overseas, or have been advised to isolate due to recent exposure with a known Covid-19 patient.

All our staff have now completed the Department of Health Covid-19 Infection Control Training.

What are we doing to minimise risk?

  • Screening patients for risk factors over the phone or through text messages before they attend appointments. Those with risk factors or symptoms are advised not to attend & to seek medical advice.
  • Hand sanitiser station at the front of the building must be used before you enter.
  • Following stringent infection control measures within the clinic. This includes
    • Disinfecting all beds, door handles, EFTPOS machine before and after each patient use.
    • Linen changed between each patient and commonly touched surfaces through the practice are cleaned regularly throughout the day.
    • Minimising the distances between clients in the waiting room- some chairs are outside undercover.
  • We have advised our team members not to come to work if they have cold or flu-like symptoms.
  • We are following all Department of Health recommendations for our type of business.

On the 30th March 2020 – the Australian government issued a statement that “People aged over 70, aged over 60 with pre-existing conditions, or Indigenous people aged over 50 should stay home wherever possible for their own protection.”

The decision to come in for physiotherapy treatment really is an individual one – if you feel that your treatment is medically necessary, and are comfortable with the risks of leaving your home and coming to physiotherapy, then rest assured that when you attend our physiotherapy clinic, we are following our strict infection control processes and doing everything we can to minimise your risk whilst in our care. However, we completely understand if you are not comfortable with coming in for treatment.

TELEHealth Consultations

We are offering telehealth consults and home visits (where suitable) for patients who cannot attend our clinic.

Read more about TELEhealth Consultations here.

Staying Healthy

  • Wash your hands often (and for 20 seconds) with soap and water
  • Cough into your elbow or use a tissue to cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze
  • Social distancing practices – Avoiding close contact with others, such as touching, including shaking hands
  • Limit contact with people who are sick, and stay home if you are sick and encourage employees to stay home when sick
  • Get 7-8 hours’ sleep a night to help your immune system stay strong
Please stay safe and take care of each other!

We are monitoring the situation very closely and will make adjustments to our business as we are further informed. Our priority is the health & well being of our patients and our staff. Thanks for your understanding.

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