Osteopathy NDIS – Understanding What’s Covered

Is Osteopathy Covered By The National Disability Insurance scheme (NDIS)?

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) funds care and support for people with a lifelong significant disability.

At Pillar Health we offer Osteopathy for self managed and planned NDIS Clients.

Our Osteopaths at Pillar Health can help you achieve your health goals and to optimise your overall function for activities of daily living. At Pillar Health we offer NDIS services at the clinic as well as at home visits.

What Do Osteopaths Treat?

Your Osteopath can assist NDIS clients with goals associated with bodily movement, coordination, gait, strength, energy usage and in growing physical skills for activities of daily living.

Under NDIS your Osteopath may also be able to assist you with musculoskeletal pain or injury prevention goals only when this is included in your approved support plan.

Osteopaths can treat a wide range of conditions and presentations. Some of these may impact your health goals and affect activities of daily living. This may include:

  • Headaches
  • Chronic Pain
  • Postural issues
  • Arthritis
  • Repetitive strain injuries
  • Upper and lower limb injuries
  • Back and neck pain

Osteopaths use a combination of manual therapy and exercise prescription and advice. During your treatment your Osteopath may use a combination of the following techniques;

  • Soft tissue massage
  • Joint articulation
  • Manipulation (high velocity, lower amplitude)
  • Taping
  • Exercise prescription
  • Ergonomic and Postural advice
  • Education

Should I See An Osteo or Physio?

Osteopaths and Physiotherapists treat a range of similar conditions and presentations to help you achieve your health goals. Both professions have the knowledge and experience to treat and manage a range of musculoskeletal conditions and presentations.

Ultimately deciding whether to see an Osteopath or a Physiotherapist comes down to personal preference and what approach to treatment is best for the individual.

Are There Any Specific Osteopath Treatments That Aren’t Covered?

The NDIS goal is to assist in building lasting independence for movement, participation, lifestyle activities and function. If your Osteopathic treatment is not directly assisting in achieving your goals outlined in your support plan it will not be covered under NDIS.

What Osteopathic services can be offered?

Osteopathic treatment is very specific to the individual. Your Osteopath will work with you to assist in achieving your goals. Your Osteopathic treatment may consist of;

  • Manual therapy
  • Individualised exercise programs
  • Behavioural modifications
  • Ergonomic modifications
  • Home exercise programs

How Do I Claim Osteopathy Through The NDIS?

To claim Osteopathy services under NDIS you need to have an approved support plan.

For self managed NDIS clients who are seeking Osteopathic treatment to enhance your function for activities of daily living you will need to do the following:

  1. Bring a copy of your current NDIS support plan to your chosen Osteopath
  2. Ask your Osteopath to write a letter to your case manager. This is to include a description of the therapeutic and functional approach that will be used to reach your plan goals.
  3. Your case manager and NDIS will work together to determine what services are ‘reasonable and necessary’ to manage your functional needs.

How Do I Book Osteopathy NDIS Services?

Once you have an approved support plan with NDIS and Osteopathic services have been determined appropriate to be funded you can book in for an NDIS Osteopathy appointment.

To book an initial NDIS assessment/treatment with one of our Osteopaths at Pillar health you can book an appointment online via our website or call us on 8899 6277.

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Are Home visits available for Osteopathic services under NDIS?

At Pillar Health we offer Osteopathy NDIS appointments at our Malvern East Clinic as well as home visits. You can claim Osteopathic home visits under NDIS when the required approvals have been obtained.

If you have any questions with regards to this please give our lovely reception team a call on 8899 6277.

Who Is Eligible for At-Home Osteopath Treatment?

Once you have an approved support plan with NDIS and Osteopathic services have been determined appropriate to be funded under this plan then you are eligible for at-home Osteopathic Treatment.