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Exploring Alternative Therapies under NDIS

Discover the range of alternative therapies available under the NDIS, including their benefits and how to access them for improved well-being.

Exploring Alternative Therapies under the NDIS

Exploring Alternative Therapies under the NDIS


The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a revolutionary program in Australia that provides support to individuals with disabilities. While traditional therapies like physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy are well-known, there is a growing interest in alternative therapies. This article explores the potential of alternative therapies under the NDIS and how they can complement traditional treatments.

What are Alternative Therapies?

Alternative therapies encompass a wide range of treatments that fall outside conventional medical practices. These therapies often focus on holistic approaches to health and well-being. Some popular alternative therapies include:

  • Acupuncture
  • Chiropractic care
  • Massage therapy
  • Art and music therapy
  • Yoga and meditation

Benefits of Alternative Therapies

Alternative therapies can offer numerous benefits for individuals with disabilities, including:

  • Improved physical health and mobility
  • Enhanced mental well-being and reduced stress
  • Increased social interaction and engagement
  • Complementary support to traditional therapies

NDIS and Alternative Therapies

The NDIS recognizes the importance of a holistic approach to disability support. While the scheme primarily funds evidence-based treatments, there is room for alternative therapies if they are deemed reasonable and necessary. Participants can discuss their interest in alternative therapies with their NDIS planner or support coordinator to explore potential funding options.

How to Access Alternative Therapies under the NDIS

To access alternative therapies under the NDIS, follow these steps:

  1. Discuss your interest in alternative therapies with your NDIS planner or support coordinator.
  2. Provide evidence of the potential benefits of the therapy for your specific needs.
  3. Ensure the therapy aligns with your NDIS goals and plan.
  4. Seek recommendations from healthcare professionals or therapists.
  5. Submit a request for funding through your NDIS plan review process.


Alternative therapies can play a valuable role in enhancing the quality of life for individuals with disabilities. While accessing these therapies under the NDIS may require some additional steps, the potential benefits make it a worthwhile consideration. By exploring alternative therapies, NDIS participants can take a holistic approach to their health and well-being, complementing traditional treatments and achieving their goals.

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