National Disability Insurance Scheme

Physiotherapists provide important support services to people living with disability. They are highly trained to manage acute, non-acute, life-long and life-limiting conditions. Physiotherapists build on their client’s strengths and address impairments or problems relating to activity and participation within the relevant environment. For a person living with disability, access to appropriate physiotherapy services positively impacts their personal, social and educational success and their potential to fulfil their goals.

We believe all people living with disability should have access to appropriate high-quality physiotherapy services, when and where they need it. Accessible, person-centred physiotherapy services—tailored to individual needs and available within a variety of settings in the local community—are important in optimising function and community participation.

As such, we believe physiotherapists should be appropriately recognised for their unique skills and wide scope of practice.

Given the specialised and highly skilled services physiotherapists provide in the community, it is important people with disability have access to treatment when and how they need it. We want to strengthen the capacity for people with disability to access mainstream physiotherapy services and ensure they have choice and control over the care they receive.

To ensure NDIS participants are able to receive disability services when and how they need it, the APA is:

  • advocating on behalf of physiotherapists to government to ensure physiotherapists are supported to do their role - the APA has met with government representatives to discuss key issues relating to physiotherapists working in the NDIS and providing disability support
  • advocating on behalf of physiotherapists to the NDIA to ensure physiotherapists are supported to do their role and educating the NDIA on the important role of physiotherapy in supporting people with disability - the APA has relationships with key NDIA staff to advocate and inform NDIA staff of the role physiotherapists play in supporting people with disability, promoting the scope of physiotherapy practice to support people with disability
  • supporting physiotherapists to work with the NDIA and understand how the new model of funding works - providing information through social media, email communications and LinkedIn with up to date information and relevant resources for physiotherapists working with people with disability
  • educating the general public on the value of physiotherapy for people with disability - showing images of people with disability in our National Advertising Campaign—Choose Physio - promoting the role of physiotherapy for people with disability through social media.

The promotion of physiotherapists’ skills and knowledge to consumers, government and the NDIA will increase understanding of the role physiotherapy plays in supporting people with disability. It is hoped that in turn, greater awareness will result in:

  • improved choice and control participants have in seeking physiotherapy services, with more physiotherapists offering NDIA service
  • appropriate remuneration and recognition for physiotherapists providing disability services
  • increased recognition of the physiotherapy scope of practice by the NDIA