Exercise and Disability

Around 1 in 6 Australians, about 4.4 million people, live with disability.

Due to the additional barriers they face, physical activity levels in those with disability are low. This increases their risk of chronic diseases and poor health outcomes.

We want to change that.

We’ve created a range of FREE resources to help people living with disability, as well as their carers, families and friends, to learn how to exercise safely. Download our Exercise and Disabilities eBook, check out our blogs and hear inspirational stories from those living with different disabilities.

Resources

Exercise & Disability eBook

Exercise & Disability eBook

This eBook is designed to empower those living with disability, as well as their carers, family and friends, to be more active.
Physical Activity Guidelines

Physical Activity Guidelines

This downloadable PDF is an easy read version of the Australian Physical Activity Guidelines.
Exercise via the NDIS

Exercise via the NDIS

Learn how to access exercise physiology services through the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Hear stories to inspire you

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FAQs: Accessing an Exercise Physiologist

What is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP)?

An Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) is an allied health professional that prescribes individualised exercise therapy to help people manage their chronic conditions, disabilities, long-term injuries and so much more. They are the most qualified professionals in Australia when it comes to the prescription safe and effective of exercise therapy.

How can an AEP help me?

AEPs are uniquely qualified to not only prescribe safe and effective exercise interventions for those living with disability, but also to support long-term lifestyle change. They understand the complexities associated with a wide range of disabilities and will work with you and your care team to improve functional capacity, independence, mental health, and quality of life.

Which disabilities can an AEP help with?

An AEP can help people living with any and all disabilities. From physical disabilities (like spinal cord injury) to intellectual disabilities (like autism) and psychosocial disabilities, AEPs have the necessary training, skills, and expertise to work with individuals across all spectrums of disability, regardless of the severity.

Can I access an AEP with my NDIS funding?

Yes! If you have been allocated funding under support category 12. Improved Health and Wellbeing, or support category 15. Improved Daily Living Skills in your NDIS plan, you can use these funds to access exercise physiology supports.

I was told I can’t have funding for exercise physiology because I don’t have a physical condition. What do I do now?

Exercise therapy doesn’t just benefit those with physical disabilities. Research shows that exercise has profound and measurable benefits for people living with intellectual and psychosocial disabilities, such as autism spectrum disorder (ASD), Down syndrome and schizophrenia. If delivered by an appropriately trained and qualified professional, it can help to manage symptoms and improve functional capacity. Exercise also plays a vital role in the physical and mental health of people with these disabilities. There is ample evidence that exercise physiology services should be “reasonable and necessary” for people with these types of disability.

If you’ve asked to have exercise physiology in your NDIS plan, but your planner has rejected your request, you can apply for an appeal to have the decision changed. You can appeal the decision by follow the steps on the NDIS webpage that outlines how to review a planning decision.

It’s important to gather as much evidence as possible before appealing this decision. Evidence may be peer reviewed journal articles, case studies or your own progress reports, if you have already been seeing an AEP and have seen improvement in your abilities. Speak to your AEP for help to compile appropriate evidence.

Where can I find an AEP?

You can find an AEP near you by using the search function on the ESSA website. Simply put in your postcode and select “NDIS” under the “claiming” tab.

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Contact your local accredited exercise professional today!