NDIS Physiotherapy


Welcome to Family Physio, your friendly neighbourhood provider of comprehensive physiotherapy services! Today, let’s delve into a topic that is particularly close to our hearts: The intersection of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and physiotherapy as it relates to mental health. We’re here to guide you through the labyrinth of this intriguing connection, providing essential insight and understanding every step of the way.

NDIS: An Overview

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a transformative initiative launched by the Australian Government. It’s an extensive support structure, uniquely tailored to empower individuals with disabilities.

As professionals who have worked with numerous NDIS participants, we at Family Physio can attest to the remarkable benefits this scheme provides. It opens up avenues to services like personal care, assistive technology, social activities, and, significantly, physiotherapy. The intent is to ensure everyone has the opportunity to lead an independent, fulfilling life, regardless of their disabilities.

How NDIS Works: A Closer Look

NDIS operates on a simple yet efficient model. Participants create their unique plans outlining their specific goals and the supports they need to achieve them. The heart of this system is its focus on individual needs and aspirations.

For instance, let’s consider John, a Family Physio client and NDIS participant. John struggles with an anxiety disorder, making social interactions challenging. His NDIS plan includes not only psychological therapy but also physiotherapy to manage his anxiety symptoms better. This comprehensive approach reflects the core strength of the NDIS system.

Understanding the Role of Mental Health

At Family Physio, we firmly believe that mental health is just as vital as physical health. Mental health encompasses our emotional, psychological, and social wellbeing, influencing how we think, feel, and behave.

Understanding this connection has allowed us to assist clients like Sarah, a young woman experiencing depression. Our team worked closely with Sarah to devise a physiotherapy regimen that helped her navigate her depression, improving her overall quality of life.

The Power of NDIS Physiotherapy in Mental Health

Physiotherapy isn’t just about rehabilitating injuries or managing chronic conditions. Its scope extends to managing and improving mental health. By incorporating specific exercises and techniques, physiotherapy can assist in controlling stress, anxiety, depression, and other mental health conditions.

Take the case of Michael, a Family Physio client with PTSD. His customised physiotherapy plan includes breathing exercises and low-impact activities. This combination has helped him manage his PTSD symptoms, enhancing his overall wellbeing.

NDIS and Mental Health: A Crucial Intersection

The beauty of NDIS lies in its holistic approach to disability, which includes mental health. Under NDIS, physiotherapy can form an integral part of the individual’s plan, considering they meet the eligibility criteria.

We’ve seen the powerful benefits this approach brings in many of our clients at Family Physio. Like Karen, who, after starting physiotherapy for her depression, has seen significant improvements in her mental health.

NDIS Support for Mental Health

The NDIS provides an array of mental health supports. This support ranges from psychological services and physiotherapy to social participation activities and more, enhancing the mental well-being of NDIS participants. It’s all about offering a balanced, comprehensive approach to mental health.

Tackling Mental Health Conditions with NDIS Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy can effectively manage a plethora of mental health conditions, including but not limited to anxiety disorders, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

For example, our team at Family Physio worked with Thomas, who struggled with severe anxiety. Through targeted physiotherapy under his NDIS plan, Thomas has made remarkable strides in managing his anxiety.

The Triple Benefits of NDIS Physiotherapy for Mental Health

Physical Benefits

Physiotherapy serves to bolster physical health, thereby directly impacting mental wellbeing. It helps in managing sleep disorders, enhancing energy levels, and alleviating physical discomfort that can otherwise hinder mental health.

Psychological Benefits

The psychological benefits of physiotherapy are manifold. It offers effective stress management strategies, enhances mood, and improves self-esteem, providing individuals with robust tools to deal with mental health conditions.

Social Benefits

By encouraging participation in physiotherapy sessions, NDIS fosters increased social interaction and community participation. This interaction is particularly beneficial for reducing feelings of isolation that often accompany mental health issues.

Accessing NDIS Physiotherapy for Mental Health

Eligibility Criteria

To access physiotherapy for mental health, you need to be an NDIS participant and have physiotherapy approved as a service in your plan.

The Application Process

If you wish to include physiotherapy in your NDIS plan, it’s essential to discuss it during your planning meeting. It’s crucial to demonstrate how physiotherapy will help you achieve your outlined goals, especially those linked to improving your mental health.

In Conclusion

The potent connection between NDIS and physiotherapy as it relates to mental health is a boon for those eligible. It offers a unique, holistic approach to mental health management, seamlessly blending physical and psychological care. So, if you qualify and feel that physiotherapy could be beneficial for you, don’t hesitate to include it in your NDIS plan.


  1. Can anyone access NDIS physiotherapy for mental health? Only NDIS participants who have physiotherapy approved in their plan can access this service.

  2. Which mental health conditions can NDIS physiotherapy help manage?  Physiotherapy can assist in managing anxiety disorders, depression, PTSD, and more.

  3. What are the potential benefits of NDIS physiotherapy for mental health? Expect a range of benefits, from physical enhancements like better sleep to psychological benefits such as stress management, and social benefits like increased community participation.

  4. How can physiotherapy be included in my NDIS plan? During your NDIS planning meeting, express your interest in physiotherapy and explain how it will contribute to achieving your goals.

  5. Does NDIS offer other mental health supports aside from physiotherapy? Yes, NDIS provides a broad spectrum of mental health supports, including psychological services and social participation activities.

With Family Physio, you are never alone on your journey towards better mental health. Let us assist you in navigating the NDIS process and setting up a physiotherapy regimen tailored to your unique needs. Get in touch with us today at 07 3060 0150 or via email at bookings@familyphysio.com.au. We’re eager to join you on this important journey towards better mental health!