What sorts of NDIS therapies are available?
Therapy is an essential process to help you achieve your health, fitness and wellbeing goals.
Whether it’s supporting you at home or in your community, for your education, independent living, transition to work or finding the right job, there are many kinds of therapy support that the NDIS provides funding for.
NDIS participants have access to a range of therapies that aim to increase their social, economic participation and independence. These therapies not only include allied health support, but also behavioural supports.
Understanding and accessing your NDIS funds may be complicated as some of the therapies can appear in different funding categories, so it’s important to keep track of your spending if you (or your providers) are claiming from different categories.
The amount of NDIS therapy you can access will depend on your needs and how much funding you have for that area of support. Generally, if the therapy is deemed reasonable and necessary to assist with your disability (usually a supporting report from your provider showing that therapy or its outcome aligns with your goals), you can access the needed funding. Thus, this is also an important aspect to bring up when reviewing your NDIS plan.
The support category that covers for therapy include the support budget from Core – “Assistance with daily life”; and Capacity Building – “Finding and keeping a job”, “Improved health and wellbeing”, “Improved relationship” and “Improved daily activity”.
CORE SUPPORT THERAPY
- Assistance with Daily Life
Funding in this support category are for therapies like dietetics and psychology to assists with services comprising of diet plan development, meal deliveries, household decision making and others that provide therapy or behavioural support.
CAPACITY BUILDING THERAPY
- Finding and Keeping a Job
This is an employment related support category that helps with transition to work, counselling and support on preparation for employment.
- Improved Daily Living
This support category funding allows therapists to work collaboratively with participants to improve their independence, community participation and achieve their goals through therapeutic treatment from allied health services such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy, podiatry, dietetics and speech pathology.
- Improved Health and Wellbeing
Participants can access funds from this category to seek consultations from exercise physiologists, personal trainers and dietitians.
- Improved Relationships
Therapies in this category are mainly related to behavioural interventions and social skills development.
To learn more about the hourly rates for the different therapies that you can access, check out the Support Catalogue here.
To book an NDIS appointment for yourself or someone you know, please contact your local Life Ready team.