The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is the new way of providing services to Australians living with a disability, as well as the families and carers who support them. Inclusivity into mainstream fitness services including personal training and small group exercise classes have become a developing way for participants to improve their fitness levels in a safe and nurturing social setting.
As fitness professionals and educators, PT National’s aspiration is that one day there will come a time when only one Olympics exists, as our future will hold witness when abled bodied and disabled athletes compete on one world stage. This is the impact of the NDIS and we will support its purpose.
The NDIS supports people with disability to:
These are the services available for all Australians including mobility, education, balance and stability, strength and body awareness that will assist participants with activities of daily living. It also provides personal trainers the opportunity to recognise the importance of their role as a trainer, and how the attention to detail is expressed in each and every training session that is mutually beneficial to their client, professional development and fitness careers.
It is imperative that gymnasiums and fitness centres have the most suitable training facilities that support participants when exercising. This includes disabled parking, accessibility, ample space, lighting, access to gym equipment, and suitability of music and volume.
This should be in an environment that is accessible for both trainer, parent and carer who can work together with and for the participant.
Personal trainers are encouraged to build professional relationships with professional networks who support each NDIS participant. This may include: medical and allied health professionals, plan managers, carers, local area coordinators (LAC), and family members.
Selecting the right systematic process to your service delivery is imperative. You will need to discover how you will deliver your personal training sessions, along with their duration, location and time that meets the needs of your client. Furthermore, you will need to develop a systematic process that can be easily followed. This may include:
Personal trainers have an imperative role in furthering their reach to people living with a disability, as the principles of fitness apply to everyone. The SIS30215 Certificate III in Fitness, and SIS40215 Certificate IV in Fitness courses contain particular units of study that focus on supporting special populations in a fitness setting including:
SISFFIT002 Recognise and apply exercise considerations for specific populations
SISFFIT015 Collaborate with medical and allied health professionals in a fitness context
SISXCCS003 Address client needs
When speaking with personal trainers currently supporting clients living with additional needs this is what they discovered since the inception of the NIDS on 1st July 2016.
Caleb is a 16 year old high functioning participant who is going into senior school. He loves Cronulla Sharks and would love to play rugby league for them. His ultimate goal is to perform the push-up. His family exercise at home but they were concerned that they would prescribe him with exercises that may injure him. His father wanted to be able to include him in fitness and was seeking the support of educated trainers suitable to Caleb’s needs and interests. He is a self-managed participant and has a service level agreement where he trains one day per week, for half an hour, with a personalised fine motor skill, balance and strength program.
Matthew is a 16 year old low functioning participant who is going into senior school. He loves music and is in a dance group at school. He is involved in the special Olympics where he is competing in ten pin bowling. His mum’s goal is to manage the behaviour common to adolescents and believes supervised exercise is the pathway to achieving this goal. He is managed through National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) and has a service level agreement where he trains one day per week with facilitated play, gait pattern when walking and gross motor skill program.
Author – Adam Holding
PT National Learner Support