Breaking news for Accredited Exercise Physiologists under the NDIS

With great excitement, ESSA is pleased to announce the outcome of long term advocacy and lobbying efforts and share the Hon Stuart Robert MP’s media release of the NDIS increased price limits.

Within the 2019 NDIS Support Catalogue, Exercise Physiology is now included in the Improved Daily Living Skills Category in addition to the Improved Health and Wellbeing Category, creating more opportunity for choice and control for NDIS participants.

Exercise Physiology services have also received a 12.3% increase to fees (inclusive of GST), with capacity to claim for travel, cancellations and requested NDIA reports.

“This is a great outcome for ESSA and our Accredited Exercise Physiologists who provide significant help to improve the quality of life of those individuals living with disabilities,” says Katie Lyndon, ESSA Policy & Practice Innovation Manager.

“Importantly, this change will create more opportunity for NDIS participants to exercise choice and control over their access to services that will help optimise their health outcomes and quality of life.”

With the inclusion of Improved Daily Living announced today, Accredited Exercise Physiologists (AEPs) can also apply directly to the NDIS Commission to provide services under Support Coordination and Early Childhood. This will be based on individuals meeting NDIS Practice Standards.

ESSA encourages all Accredited Exercise Physiologists working under the NDIS to consult the new NDIS Price Guide (2019-2020) as well as the Support Catalogue which lists Exercise Physiology services.

“We are pleased that policy makers have listened to ESSA and have provided better support of the Exercise Physiology workforce in the delivery of services within the NDIS. There are multiple physical, mental, and social benefits attributed to exercise interventions and this policy change will ultimately help improve the quality of life of Australians living with a disability,” adds Mrs Lyndon.

For more information, please visit the ESSA for an Active Nation campaign.