A therapy assistant in the NDIS – also known as an allied health assistant – is employed to support the work of NDIS registered therapists.
The key idea behind embracing therapist assistants, whose rates are less than those of a senior, professionally trained therapist, is to help a NDIS participant’s funding go further. The benefits of this are enormous as the more essential help a participant can get, the greater their chances of living more independently and with more confidence.
At LifeLift, our NDIS approved and AHPRA registered allied health therapists mentor our dedicated Level 1 and Level 2 therapy assistants to support the delivery of personalised NDIS programs to NDIS participants at home or work, Monday to Friday.
What does a therapy assistant do in the NDIS?
A NDIS therapy assistant can manage less complex clinical and non-clinical tasks that support NDIS participants to reach their goals.
For example, they may guide a participant to complete their daily occupational therapy or physiotherapy rehabilitation program, assist them with building everyday living skills, and support self-care.
An allied health assistant, therefore, frees up senior therapists to conduct higher-level tasks, such as assessments and regular reviews, and writing plans, programs and reports, allowing more people to benefit more quickly from their expertise and knowledge.
Funding for a NDIS therapy assistant falls under the Capacity Building section of a NDIS plan.
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What NDIS therapy assistant requirements are there?
Currently, the National Disability Insurance Agency does not require a NDIS therapy assistant to have formal qualifications.
There is, though, a requirement for them to be supervised by a NDIS approved allied health professional and to be covered by professional indemnity insurance.
Assistants will often be students who are completing university degrees in fields such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy.
While some people hire their own therapy assistants, at LifeLift we provide NDIS therapy assistants who are covered by our insurance, are guided by our experienced therapists, and have demonstrated their compassion and commitment to our clients who live with a range of disabilities.
What are Level 1 and Level 2 therapy assistants?
A Level 1 therapy assistant is an allied health assistant working under the delegation of and direct supervision at all times of a therapist.
The assistant must be covered by the professional indemnity insurance of the supervising therapist (or the therapist’s employing provider).
A Level 2 therapy assistant is an allied health assistant working under the delegation and supervision of a therapist, where the therapist is satisfied that the allied health assistant can work independently without direct supervision. The assistant must be covered by the professional indemnity insurance of the supervising therapist (or the therapist’s employing provider).
NDIS providers must also follow the NDIS Code of Conduct.
Therapy Assistant NDIS FAQs
Q1: Can a NDIS therapy assistant help me?
At LifeLift, we’re always focused on helping NDIS participants get the most out of their NDIS funding.
To find out if a NDIS therapy assistant can support you, please contact us.
Q2: Can I book a therapy assistant NDIS?
Contact our team to determine if a therapy assistant NDIS is suitable in your situation.
Q3: What services do you provide at LifeLift?
Q4: What are the rates for a NDIS therapy assistant?
The NDIS provides some guidance here, however, we’re happy to talk you through rates, fees and costs.
Please contact us for details.
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