Navigating the NDIS price guide – Improved Health and Wellbeing
Under Improved Health and Wellbeing, the NDIS price guide funds the services of dieticians and exercise physiologists. Either could be instrumental in achieving your goals. To get the most from your NDIS funding, it is important to understand what is available.
Tim was funded under Improved Health and Wellbeing to engage an exercise physiologist. The 2017-18 price guide allowed an exercise physiologist to bill at $145.63 an hour. Tim (names changed) was funded for $2912.60, enough for 20 hours over 12 months.
Tim would have liked more time than that with the exercise physiologist, but he settled for the 20 hours. With this constraint, he struggled to achieve his goals – as the report from the physiologist noted. At this point, Tim was disappointed in his achievements.
Tony received the same budget under Improved Health and Wellbeing. At his first meeting with his Support Coordinator, Tony said he was not happy with the sum allocated for an exercise physiologist, and would like to know whether he had other options. During the discussion, Tony also said he had a friend, James, who was in a similar position. Both were worried that they had too little funding to achieve their health and wellbeing goals.
“When engaging with service providers, make sure you ask about all the options available. Often there is flexibility in what you require, and ways in which your budget can be stretched."
The Support Coordinator suggested to Tony that he and James get together and attend group sessions with an exercise physiologist. Group sessions were billed at $48.54 per person. Tony could afford almost three times as many group sessions as one-on-one sessions.
With the help of his Support Coordinator, Tony contacted an exercise physiologist. Together, they devised a plan that provided one-on-one sessions and group sessions. Tony is very happy with the outcome, and has achieved his health and wellbeing goals. His friend James is also pleased with the result. As well, they have enjoyed catching up with each other at their group sessions. Both are planning on including exercise physiology in their next NDIS plans.
“It is important to understand your plan, with the help of either your Local Area Coordinator (LAC) or your Support Coordinator,” says Fiona Scoullar, NDIS Service Development officer with AQA.
“It’s also worthwhile speaking to your peers and other NDIS participants. They may have good advice, be in a similar situations, or have experience that they can share with you.”