The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) welcomes the announcement from the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) that it will scrap its tiered-pricing model in favour of a more sustainable increased hourly rate for physiotherapists working with and treating the complex health needs of Australians living with significant disabilities.

The change is a reversal of the original National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Independent Pricing Review recommendation from 2018.

Minister for Families and Social Services, the Honourable Paul Fletcher MP announced a 6% increase to the hourly rate, bringing it to $190 per hour. In a significant win for physiotherapists working in WA, NT, SA and Tasmania, the rate will increase to $220 per hour, an acknowledgement of the smaller markets in which they operate and the corresponding greater business costs associated with supporting NDIS participants in these states.

APA National President Phil Calvert said it was a good outcome for all parties involved. “The APA worked hard to ensure that the skills and experience of physiotherapists were properly recognised so that they are able to continue to provide important treatment services and liaise fully with families and other health providers for the best possible outcomes for NDIS participants.”

“This increased hourly rate allows physios to work to their full scope and run sustainable business practices, providing optimal care to the most vulnerable Australians requiring NDIS support.”

The APA has worked closely with the NDIA over the past 12 months to support its case for the increased rates. Further collaborative work is now being undertaken to develop a consumer and provider price guide that will explain how physiotherapy treatment is charged and the services it provides to make a positive difference to the lives of NDIS participants. The guide will be released in time for the July 1 roll out of the new pricing model.   

The media release from the Minister for Families and Social Services can be seen here.

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Phil Calvert is available for further comment or interview.  

 
 

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