Fasiu & Tracey's Story – NDIS Success
We regularly hear of the success stories of Australians who have improved their lives due to exercise interventions with an Accredited Exercise Physiologist through NDIS funding. Here’s an inspiring NDIS story for our 30th anniversary.
After being referred to an Accredited Exercise Physiologist through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), Fasiu saw a dramatic improvement to his health and lifestyle after just three months of his exercise program with Tracey. One of the best parts of Fasiu’s story though, is the social connections and friendships he made during his treatment, including being a mentor for other amputee patients.
Fasiu's journey is a success story for the NDIS of how exercise is medicine and the important role Accredited Exercise Physiologists play within this scheme.
In 2015, Fasiu was diagnosed with JK321 neoplasma, a rare blood disorder. Very quickly Fasiu was faced with the tough reality that his only option to survive was a bilateral lower limb amputation at his knees. Fasiu had no option but to go ahead with the surgery. Hospitalised then from June 2015 until August 2016, Fasiu returned home to adjust to his new normal. Sadly, after a change in circumstance, Fasiu was also facing this new life alone.
Fast forward to 2018, and Fasiu was provided his new prosthetics, but even after 12+ months, Fasiu was still heavily reliant on his wheelchair for mobility. Determined to improve his balance and better manage his daily living activities, Fasiu’s new goal became that he wanted to return to “as normal a life as possible”.
In July 2020, Fasiu was referred to an Accredited Exercise Physiologist under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) for his bilateral amputation where he began working with Tracey at Soul Fit Woonona.
When Fasiu commenced his exercise program with Tracey, he relied heavily on his wheelchair and walking frame for mobility. A 10m walk test took him 10.19 seconds to complete and he found most of the physical assessments difficult. The Berg Balance Test revealed he was at an increased risk of falling and strength tests showed poor upper and lower limb strength. When completing the sit to stand test, Fasiu required the use of support to execute the movement. Fasiu’s blood pressure was high (level 2), and on top of living with Type II Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM), he was generally in poor health.