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Allied Health Service

Muscular Dystrophy Queensland (MDQ) provides an allied health service that currently includes counselling, physiotherapy and occupational therapy.   These therapy services are provided in the south east corner of Queensland – within a two hour drive of our Nundah office and can be centre- based (Nundah), home visits or provided in community settings.

Occupational Therapy (OT):

An Occupational Therapist (OT) knows how to help people to participate in the activities of everyday life and to build their independence.  OTs achieve this by working with people and their communities to participate in the daily activities they want to do, need to do, or are expected to do.

How can an Occupational Therapist help me?

MDQ’s Occupational Therapists can help with

  • Goal setting to make positive changes to your life
  • Equipment prescription e.g. hi-lo beds and mattresses
  • Safety, especially if you have had a progression affecting your physical abilities
  • Transitions e.g. from school and changes to roles e.g. from worker to retiree
  • Minor home modifications and home access
  • Smart technology and environmental controls
  • Community access and participation
  • Employment
  • Ability to think (cognition), interpret and remember

At this stage, MDQ will refer to specialised providers for other services within Occupational Therapy e.g. for major home modifications or driving assessments.

Our Occupational Therapy service is mostly user pays e.g. for clients with an NDIA Plan; private health insurance; funding through the Chronic Disease Management Plan (Medicare). People with an NDIS Plan need to have funding under the ‘Improved Daily Living Skills’ section of their plan.

Enquiries

To talk through whether Occupational Therapy may be right for you or to make an appointment, please contact Muscular Dystrophy Queensland on 3243 9700 or email services@mdqld.org.au.

 NDIS Fees and charges (as outlined in NDIA price guide for Queensland)

Support Item: Individual Assessment, Therapy And/ Or Training (Includes Assistive Technology)
Support Item Ref: 15_048_0128_1_3
Description: Assessment, therapy, training, fitting and any approved travel to deliver support.
Price: $179.26 per hour

Physiotherapy (PT):

A Physiotherapist (PT) knows how to help people to manage their condition by providing symptom management and lifestyle modification advice and interventions, and prescribing assistive technology to improve mobility and independence.  They can provide individual programs for people with chronic conditions that address current issues as well as risk factors associated with physical limitations, pain and other co-morbidities.

How can a Physiotherapist help me?

MDQ’s Physiotherapists can provide

  • Physical and functional assessments including gait, balance, posture, range of movement, muscle strength, timed tests and outcome measures
  • Advice and treatment regarding symptom management – eg. Stretching and light exercise programs, pain management, balance, fatigue
  • Equipment prescription – manual and power wheelchairs, scooters, pressure relieving cushions, water wheelchairs, walkers
  • Assessment and referral for custom- made orthotics
  • Specialised seating assessment and recommendations
  • Hydrotherapy – individual and group programs
  • Respiratory assessment and management in the community setting
  • Training to family and support workers in home programs
  • Liaison with other health care professionals, medical specialists and educational settings to provide co-ordinated care.
  • Advocacy regarding mobility issues and assistive technology

Our Physiotherapy service is mostly user pays e.g. for clients with an NDIA Plan; private health insurance; funding through the Chronic Disease Management Plan (Medicare). People with an NDIS Plan need to have funding under the ‘Improved Daily Living Skills’ section of their plan.

Enquiries

To talk through whether Physiotherapy  may be right for you or to make an appointment, please contact Muscular Dystrophy Queensland on 3243 9700 or email services@mdqld.org.au.

NDIS Fees and charges (as outlined in NDIA price guide for Queensland)

Support Item: Individual Assessment, Therapy And/ Or Training (Includes Assistive Technology)
Support Item Ref: 15_048_0128_1_3
Description: Assessment, therapy, training, fitting and any approved travel to deliver support.
Price: $179.26 per hour

Allied Health Assistant (AHA)

The Allied Health Assistant supports the allied health team to do its work by helping in administration and clinical support.  At all times, the allied health assistant works under the direction and guidance of the therapists.

What does an Allied Health Assistant do?

You may receive a phone call from the AHA as he helps the team to do the necessary administration associated with running an allied health service, for example…

  • Setting your first and ongoing appointments with the physiotherapist, occupational therapist or counsellor
  • Helping with all the necessary forms you may have to sign e.g. NDIS Service Agreements and other NDIS forms
  • Making sure all the paperwork is safely and confidentially stored in your client file

 Clinical Support

These are billable services which means you can pay for the AHA service from the appropriate funding in your NDIS Plan or from another source

  • Individual sessions to carry out programs which have been developed by the physiotherapist or occupational therapist. These programs are only handed over to the AHA once the therapist has established that the AHA is competent in carrying out your particular program. There will be regular feedback opportunities amongst the client, AHA and therapist to make sure the program is going well and to make adjustments as needed
  • Assists the therapists with groups e.g. hydrotherapy, life skills, land- based exercise groups
  • Minor equipment adjustments under the direction of the physiotherapist and occupational therapist

Why use the AHA and not the therapist?

The NDIS AHA rate is less than the rate for the physiotherapist or occupational therapist which means that the client gets value for money by having an AHA involved in carrying out an established program under their direction.

Do I get to choose?

You have a choice about using an allied health assistant service and can opt out at any time if it doesn’t suit your needs

NDIS Fees and charges (as outlined in NDIA price guide for Queensland)

Support Item: Therapy Assistants (level 1)
Support Item Ref: 15_052_0128_1_3
Description: Support role for an allied health assistant working under the supervision of a therapist.
Price: $45.66 per hour

Next steps

Our allied health and client services team welcome you to get in touch with us, with any questions or enquiries you may have. Our contact details are:

Call us: 1800 676 364 or email the team.