DVA, EPC, NDIS and Workplace Injury Exercise Physiology Programs

Clinic 88 offers exercise rehabilitation programs by our Exercise Physiology experts. The rehabilitation programs are tailored to suit the individual needs of the client. All exercise programs are conducted by an Accredited Exercise Physiologist, within Clinic 88’s specially designed rehabilitation gyms.

DVA white and gold card

DVA white and gold card holders are accepted payment when referred by a GP. Either speak to your GP for a referral to Clinic 88 or call our front desk for some help.  We offer all kinds of mobility, strength, balance, fitness and injury rehab programs to DVA personnel.

Want to know if you can access Exercise Physiology through your DVA card? – Press here.

EPC programs

Enhanced Primary Care programs are GP referrals for chronic health conditions.  These may range from blood pressure issues, to diabetes, brain injuries (stroke as an example), mobility, stability and functional capacity.

These are Medicare rebateable sessions upon a GP referral (you receive a portion of the fee back through Medicare – processed on payment with your Medicare card). See your GP and ask if you are a candidate for an EPC referral to an Exercise Physiologist.

I have an EPC program – so what happens now?  Click here to see how it works or see the brief summary below.

In summary:

  • Yes you can get a Medicare Rebate for Exercise Physiology using the EPC program.
  • You need a doctor’s referral specifically to Exercise Physiology and the right type of physical condition.
  • You can get a $58.30 rebate for up to 5 visits per year, including all your allied health visits allocated.
  • There will always be a small gap fee.
  • We can process the rebate on-the-spot, straight back into your debit/savings account.

NDIS programs

Types of clients exercise physiologists work with:

Exercise physiologists can treat a wide range of conditions including:

  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Mental Health
  • Intellectual disability
  • Physical disability
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Stroke
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Chronic pain.

Everyone is different so the type of program an exercise physiologist develop for you will be based on your individual needs and aims.

You’re most likely to need exercise physiology services as part of your NDIS Plan if:

  1. Your goals relate to moving more independently, building strength, participating in community sports or improving fitness
  2. You are at risk of developing or have an existing condition that impairs physical movement
  3. Your disability makes it hard to maintain good health or a healthy weight

Within the 2019 NDIS Support Catalogue, Exercise Physiology is now included in the Improved Daily Living Skills Category in addition to the Improved Health and Wellbeing Category, creating more opportunity for choice and control for NDIS participants.

With the inclusion of Improved Daily Living, Accredited Exercise Physiologists (AEPs) can also apply directly to the NDIS Commission to provide services under Support Coordination and Early Childhood. This will be based on individuals meeting NDIS Practice Standards.

What to expect from an exercise physiologist within NDIS

When you visit our exercise physiologist, it is likely they will do an assessment. This will look at things like:

  • How you move
  • Your posture and balance
  • Fitness and strength
  • Respiratory and cardiovascular fitness
  • Diet and lifestyle
  • Current medications
  • Any limiting factors such as physical disabilities, injuries or pain.

They might also ask you to complete a questionnaire about your health history.

The exercise physiologist will use this information to develop a program that might include group or private fitness sessions, exercises to practice at home or lifting weights. You may also be given diet, nutrition or lifestyle advice and be supported to make changes that will help you achieve your goals.

Workplace Injuries

Clinics 88’s Pro-Active Program is designed to help the client regain physical functional capacity and allow them to self-manage their condition, returning to work and normal daily activities as quickly as possible.

These sessions are paid by your insurance company only after written approval has been given.  Please ensure written approval (from the insurer) have been accessed, submitted and approved prior to any treatment sessions. Please bring this approval with you.  If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to call 6253 2388 if you or your workplace case manager need some guidance.

Pro-Active Includes:

  • Initial Assessment & Report
  • Consultation with your GP, case manager and rehab manager where appropriate
  • One on one supervised exercise program with home program
  • Follow up phone calls to keep you on track
  • Physitrack app so you can monitor your own progress (and so can we!)
  • Pain management education if required
  • Ongoing self management progressive plans
  • Physical Review & Report when indicated
  • The program aims to empower you to understand  how to manage and progress yourself back to good health and function

The Pro-Active Exercise Program includes:

The focus of this program is to functionally strengthen the client such that they will be able to complete their work activities comfortably and safely and prevent any further injuries. The program initially focuses on specific injury rehabilitation then progresses to a prevention strategy to reduce any further vulnerabilities. Postural and movement awareness, education and strength are paramount to the client taking ownership and control over their future workplace capacity.

All exercise prescription is initially within our own rehab gyms, one on one monitored and progressed, with a focus on creating a program that can be achieved at home.