Role of a Physiotherapist in NDIS

What is the role of Physiotherapist in NDIS?

Embarking on the journey with the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) can often feel like navigating a labyrinthine garden—intricate, complex, but undeniably rewarding. Within this garden, numerous paths converge, each led by various professionals who guide us through the flora. Among these, the physiotherapist emerges not just as a guide but as a gardener, meticulously nurturing the ground for optimal growth and recovery. The role of a physiotherapist in NDIS is as pivotal as it is profound, aiding participants to bloom in their unique landscapes.

Understanding Physiotherapist in NDIS

Before we proceed to the verdant role of physiotherapists, let’s first illuminate the terrain of NDIS. The scheme represents a beacon of support, designed to provide tailored and funded support to individuals with disabilities. Like a well-tended garden, NDIS is about fostering growth, independence, and quality of life, ensuring every participant can navigate their path with dignity and strength.

The Gardener’s Touch

Cultivating Strength and Mobility

Physiotherapists in the realm of NDIS are akin to skilled gardeners who understand the delicate balance required to cultivate strength and mobility. Through a bespoke concoction of exercises, therapies, and interventions, they nurture the body’s ability to move and function optimally. Whether it’s rehabilitating physical injuries or addressing congenital conditions, their expertise lies in understanding the intricate anatomy of growth and recovery.

Sowing the Seeds of Independence

Independence is a blossoming flower in the garden of NDIS, and physiotherapists play a crucial role in nurturing this bloom. By empowering participants with tailored exercise programs and mobility strategies, they lay the groundwork for individuals to navigate their daily activities more efficiently. This empowerment is akin to teaching one to tend their own garden, ensuring they can flourish even in the physiotherapist’s absence.

Pain and Discomfort Management

Chronic pain and discomfort are the weeds of one’s wellbeing garden, often hindering growth and vitality. Physiotherapists, with their therapeutic interventions, work diligently to prune these intrusions. Through techniques such as manual therapy, exercise, and the use of assistive technologies, they alleviate pain, enhancing the quality of life for NDIS participants.

Equipment and Adaptations

Just as a trellis supports a climbing plant, physiotherapists provide support structures in the form of equipment and home adaptations. From recommending the right wheelchair to advising on home modifications, they ensure the environment is conducive to the participant’s growth and accessibility needs, enabling them to navigate their space with ease.

Personalised Care Plans

Every garden is unique, and so is the care it requires. Physiotherapists in NDIS craft personalised care plans that resonate with the individual goals and aspirations of the participants. Whether it’s improving mobility to partake in a beloved hobby or strengthening muscles to achieve greater independence, these plans are tailored to harvest the dreams of each participant.

A Blooming Partnership

The journey with a physiotherapist in NDIS is a partnership, a shared cultivation of one’s potential. It’s about planting the seeds of hope and watching them bloom into a garden of possibilities. Their role transcends mere physical rehabilitation; it’s about nurturing the soul’s resilience, enabling participants to carve their path in the garden of life.

The Evergreen Impact

The impact of a physiotherapist on NDIS is evergreen, leaving a lasting imprint on the lives of participants. Through their dedication and expertise, they transform the landscape of disability, ensuring it’s one marked by growth, independence, and vitality. As we wander through this garden, let us appreciate the vital role these professionals play in cultivating a world where every individual can thrive in their own unique way.

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Chapman Ma

Physiotherapist, BSC

Chapman graduated from Curtin University with a Bachelor of Science (Physiotherapy) in 2023, and has spent many years working in the disability sector offering his compassion to those that needed it. Having spent half a decade in the disability sector, Chapman understands that everyone has a unique life and their own important vision.He is now working in private practice to chase his initial passion for promoting active lifestyles in musculoskeletal physiotherapy.

Chapman has always been passionate about sports and has played competitively in badminton, soccer and volleyball throughout his life. He’s also recently taken a newfound interest in Boxing, and believes it to be a great adjunct to exercise rehabilition. Competitions from a young age led to him injuring his left ankle on five occasions. This drove him to seek physiotherapy, which sparked his direction to attempt a career in physiotherapy. Following his passion, Chapman has a great interest in treating knee, ankle and other sports injuries so that patients from all levels of ability can achieve their goals and surpass their potentials.

Outside of the clinic, you’ll likely find Chapman running, playing sports/boxing or at the gym. You’ll definitely find him spending time with his dog Taco or chanelling his energy into video games to keep in touch with his inner child, but he’ll always put his best, mature self in the clinic for all his patients.

Tatiana Quintas

Physiotherapist, BSC

Tatiana was born in A Coruña, a city in the North West of Spain, but moved to Barcelona to study Physiotherapy and got graduated at Rovira and Virgili University in 2012. Since I was a kid, I was deeply interested in the human body and anything related to science ( yes, I ́m a bit of a nerd). I was so into it that, before I became a Physio, I was an anatomical pathology technician performing autopsies. But luckily, my insatiable thirst for knowledge led me to study Physiotherapy.

Being a Physio allows me to combine my biggest passions; science, communication and helping others. For me is very important that all the patients feel that they are in a safe space when they come to the clinic, where their concerns and well-being are the top-priorities. My approach is very focused on educating people about their condition and giving them helpful tools so they can feel in control of their body and health.

My treatments involve a lot of listening to the patient, talking and of course manual therapy, dry needling and exercise based rehabilitation.

Since I graduated, I have been lucky enough to work as a Physio in different countries; Spain, France, Guatemala, on a cruise ship around the world and now in Australia. I can’t wait to start this new career journey! Outside of work you will find me going for a walk at the beach, having a coffee with my friends or organizing my next trip, since traveling fuels my soul.

Caitlin Marshall

Senior Physiotherapist, BSC Women’s Health Specialist, Clinical Pilates Instructor

Caitlin completed her Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy at Curtin University in 2009 and has since gained experience in a variety of areas within private practice. Her most recent role involved developing NDIS plans for children aged 0-7 years, gaining extensive experience in both the physiotherapy and management side of NDIS.

Caitlin has completed Clinical Pilates programs which has given her the knowledge and experience to teach both mat and equipment based Clinical Pilates, as well as utilising the principles and rehabilitation exercises with individual patients.

Caitlin enjoys working in all areas of musculoskeletal physiotherapy, helping her clients to achieve their best possible outcome, combining manual therapy, dry needling, education and exercise based rehabilitation. She finds these forms of management excellent to assist clients to achieve long term goals of returning to sports or hobbies and preventing future injuries.

Having completed a Women’s Health course, Caitlin has developed a particular interest in treating women’s pelvic health and continence issues. She enjoys working with women of all ages experiencing bladder and bowel problems, pelvic pain and sexual dysfunction and particularly enjoys working with pregnant and postnatal women to help them to achieve their best quality of life.

Outside of work Caitlin thoroughly enjoys snuggling up with her golden retriever Bailey, as well as spending quality time with her friends and family over a glass of wine and a beautifully constructed cheese board.

Tahlia Cranley

Director, Senior Physiotherapist, BSC Clinical Pilates Instructor

Tahlia is the Director of Perth Physiotherapy and Pilates and has been a physiotherapist for over 13 years. She graduated from Curtin University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science (Physiotherapy) and commenced work initially as a rotating physiotherapist in the hospital setting before realizing her true passion was in private practice.

After leaving her full-time clinical role and deciding to open her own practice in 2016, Tahlia started Perth Physio & Pilates in a room attached to a gym, before moving to the clinic’s current location in 2018. Tahlia became a business owner to be able to provide patients with the best possible care, and provide her staff with an enjoyable and supportive work environment.

Growing up playing state level basketball Tahlia was constantly in and out of the physio. This is initially what sparked her interest in the career. Having worked in the industry for many years, she has developed a special interest in treating sacroiliac joint (SIJ) pain and dysfunction, spinal pain and cervical (neck) pain and headaches. Within her consultations, Tahlia looks beyond just the symptoms her patients present with to identify the root cause of the problem, aiming to fully resolve the cause to prevent the pain or issue from recurring.

Tahlia utilizes manual therapy, dry needling, neuromeningeal manipulation, clinical pilates / ‘Physiolates’ and exercise rehabilitation to treat her patients. She is continually completing professional development to learn and extend her knowledge as both a physiotherapist and business owner to ensure she is providing her patients with the most effective treatments.

Outside of work, Tahlia enjoys spending time with her family and keeping up with her two young children. She likes hiking, basketball, camping and heads to the snow whenever she gets the chance to carve it up on the snowboard.

Joshua Mazza

Physiotherapist, BSC

Joshua graduated from Curtin University with a Bachelor of Science (Physiotherapy) in 2023. I got into physiotherapy as from previous experiences of having knee/ back pain through both playing footy (AFL) and weightlifting, I understand the frustration, loss of identity and reduced confidence that can develop as a result of being taken away from the things you love. Therefore, I am extremely passionate to help and guide people through that journey of getting back to meaningful activity, whether that is footy on the weekend or picking up your grandkids.

I’ve been a sport trainer with Stirling Saints Amateur Football Club for 3 years and more recently at Swan Districts Football Club (WAFL) for the 14/15’s development squad carnival. As a result, I enjoy treating all things sporting injuries, tendonopathies and common overuse injuries that can develop. Furthermore, I also have a strong interest in the more persistent/ chronic conditions such as low back pain. However, no matter the condition, I aim to really take the time to listen to a patients story, give a clear explanation of their pain/ condition, and provide a thorough treatment/ management plan as well as the confidence to help achieve their goals!

Outside of Physio, you will most likely find me in the gym, playing the guitar, or watching the footy – Go Bombers!”