A discussion with the national committee members of the APA disability group, Catherine Kohlenberg, Denise Luscombe, Bas Jansen and state committee members provided five points as to why physiotherapy is important to people with disability.

Five points:  

1. Cerebral palsy-specific early interventions maximise neuroplasticity 

Physiotherapists play a key role in early intervention through utilising motor training-based activities that prompt neuroplasticity. By stimulating neuroplasticity, a physiotherapist works to rehabilitate and improve an individual’s quality of life. At Connect2Care, our physiotherapists work within an interdisciplinary team, providing the best outcomes for individuals.

2. Physiotherapists play a vital role in early childhood intervention 

Our physiotherapists work to ensure the best practices and guidelines for children and families through early childhood intervention. A physiotherapist takes on a “coach role” whilst other therapists form the team around the child. Connect2Care therapists work within the team and the community where family priorities are focused.

 3. Physiotherapists are trained to improve physical fitness

Lowered physical activity has implications for emotional well-being and overall health. Physiotherapists are trained to improve strength-building and motor skills. As Connect2Care works closely with the NDIS, all of our physiotherapists are available for face-to-face and telehealth appointments now!

 

4. Postural care: prevention is better than cure  

Understanding how to prevent issues with postural care is crucial! Supported lying is an aligning of the body in a non-destructive position in bed. Our physiotherapists can assess and support clients in developing prevention techniques for postural care.

5. To measure is to know 

Standardised assessments are leading to the identification and prevention of functional issues. This outcome-based approach to therapy is in keeping with the national standards set out by the APA and is practised by our physiotherapists. Whilst these tools are important, our therapists are also adaptive to client needs and will identify the appropriate tool on an individual basis.

NDIS Physiotherapy | Physiotherapy Services | Connect2Care

The NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme) has collated data in a report published the 30th of June 2020. The report details how families and carers of participants feel about the NDIS and if it has improved their lives over the past few years in the introduction phase.

 

Each family member and caregiver of a participant over the age of 25 were asked these five questions:
  1. Has the introduction of NDIS helped with rights and advocacy?
  2. Has the introduction of NDIS improved the level of support given?
  3. Has the introduction of NDIS provided greater access to community activities?
  4. Has the introduction of NDIS helped with future planning?
  5. Has the introduction of NDIS improved your wellbeing?

 

The research findings showed that families and carers of participants over the age of 25 improved in each criterion area, over a three-year period within the NDIS. Families and carers of participants of an older age were more likely to state that the NDIS with rights and advocacy and with future planning.

 

Families and caregivers that care for participants with physical disabilities and autism are less likely to agree that the NDIS helped engage with community activities than those with intellectual disability. It is up to us as NDIS planners and providers to increase access to these activities and raise the vulnerable to the same standard so that everyone has adequate access to NDIS service providers.
Families and carers of participants in remote or rural areas were more likely to agree that the NDIS has improved the level of support for their families. As Connect2Care expands, we will endeavour to service those with limited access to NDIS services.

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