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"I Am On The NDIS. Can I Use My Funds For a Personal Trainer?"

The Discipline Fitness Coach is an NDIS provider not just Personal Training Services for people with the NDIS!


After discussing this with other allied health professionals and other services and support providers aswsociated with the NDIS, you don't specifically NEED Personal Training in your NDIS plan to get access to one. Discipline Fitness has helped people in the past and present on the NDIS with personal training.


How does it work?


There are 4 different items across both the NDIS core and capacity-building support categories you can use to fund your first session. Discipline Fitness works in the general community, we are supporting the NDIS participant with social and community participation. Which can be funded. Check out the graph below as these are all items that can be claimed to access NDIS funding for personal training.


NDIS FUNDING CATEGORIES FOR PERSONAL TRAINING

NDIS Support Category Number

NDIS Support Category

NDIS Support Category Name

Example of Support by The Discipline Fitness Coach

4

Core Supports

Assistance with social, economic and community participation

Discipline Fitness facilitates a fitness activity in the community to allow participants to socially engage

9

Capacity Building

Increased social and community participation

Discipline Fitness engages a participant in regular physical activity, including walking, to increase a participant’s fitness levels and confidence so that they can walk to shops independently.

12

Capacity Building

Improved health and well-being

Discipline Fitness provides personal training to a participant to improve their health and well-being.

15

Capacity Building

Improved daily living skills

Discipline Fitness works as an allied health assistant to provide personal training under the recommendation of the participant's allied health therapist and therapy plan, to improve daily living goals.

THE NDIS PERSONAL TRAINING PRICE GUIDE

As it stands the NDIS personal training price guide is a single line item standing on its own (see below), in its capacity-building category along with exercise physiology under the improved health and wellbeing (we have also outlined this above under the support category 12). This makes it seem like it is a specific function with a specific outcome for specific goals – but the truth is the benefits of personal training are so varied that it does contribute to all types of goals and people. It is outlined below


The supports in this support category help participants to improve their health and well-being.


Physical Wellbeing Activities


These support items maintain or increase physical mobility or well-being through personal training or exercise physiology. Physical well-being activities promote and encourage improved physical capacity and health.


These supports can only be delivered by the following types of professionals:

  • Exercise Physiologist – A person who is an accredited exercise physiologist with Exercise and Sports Science Australia.

  • Personal Trainer – A person who has a personal training qualification (Certificate III, IV or Diploma) in Fitness or equivalent.

The DIsicpline Fitness Coach fulfils the Personal Trainer professional category.


Personal Training may be provided to people on the NDIS
Page 86 of the 23/24 NDIS Pricing Arrangements and Price Limits Guide


MORE THAN JUST IMPROVED HEALTH AND WELLBEING


For the NDIS core funding category ‘Assistance with Social, Economic and Community Participation’ – considering personal training sessions often occur in the local community whether it be in the park or local mainstream gym – it does assist with community and social participation. Similarly the capacity building support ‘Increased Social and Community Participation’, is increasing social and community participation – while getting in a good workout.


As for the latter two, ‘Improved Health and Well-being’ as well as ‘Improved Daily Living Skills’ often people have broad goals around improved well-being and are trying to stave off the effects of ageing, degenerative conditions or combating a sedentary lifestyle. Many participants report that the personal training sessions are supporting them in their allied health therapy, as increasing strength, range of motion and gross motor skills are beneficial in many facets of allied health work.


This was always a goal at Discipline Fitness, to connect people to their local communities through the gym and fitness. The benefits of exercise combined with the benefits of improved social engagement and connection to the local community.


THE DISCIPLINE FITNESS COACH NDIS PERSONAL TRAINER – A GREAT SUPPLEMENT TO OTHER NDIS SUPPORT SERVICES AND THERAPIES


If your goal is less social and more health-aligned – The Discipline Fitness Coach can recommend to you an NDIS exercise physiologist and work under their recommendations and exercise prescriptions. The NDIS personal training line item is less than half that of exercise physiology it might be a more cost-effective solution.


It must be stated that personal training IS NOT a substitute for existing therapies, but what is learnt is that it is a brilliant supplement for existing therapies. It has been shown to help people with occupational therapy and other allied health therapies.


If you or someone you know is seeking a Personal Trainer that can provide their services to people under the NDIS, then get in touch, today!

To help educate you more here is a link to the NDIS Pricing Arrangements and Limits. This is updated frequently so stay tuned for the latest version.

NDIS Pricing Arrangements and Price Limits 2023-24 v1.1
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT NDIS FUNDING FOR PERSONAL TRAINING


DOES NDIS COVER GYM EQUIPMENT?

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) provides funding to Australians with a disability to help increase their independence and quality of life. While NDIS does not cover the cost of purchasing gym equipment directly, it does provide funding for personal training services which may include the use of gym equipment within a gym or private setting.


For example, an NDIS participant may choose to use their funding to access one-on-one personal training sessions with Discipline Fitness at the facility they operate from, which may include the use of gym equipment.


DO THE NDIS FUND GYM MEMBERSHIP?

The NDIS supports a range of services and activities designed to improve the quality of life for those living with disabilities, and this may include gym memberships but it is reviewed on a case-by-case scenario. It cannot be commented on specifically, but, it’s more common than not that it won’t be covered, unfortunately.


You can read an example of the information and a review a sample case from the NDIS.gov.au website here.


DOES THE NDIS FUNDING COVER PERSONAL TRAINING?

The short answer is Yes, you can access funding via the NDIS to have an NDIS personal traininer. The extended answer is, treally depends. It is recommended you read the above article, discuss it with the NDIS directly and talk to Discipline Fitness to work through your plan individually to work out how you may access the funding to have an NDIS Personal Trainer.

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