Psychosocial Impairments

Conditions Primarily resulting in Psychosocial Impairments

Psychosocial disability is a term used to describe a disability that may arise from a mental health issue. Not everyone who has a mental health condition will have a psychosocial disability, but for people who do, it can be severe, longstanding and impact their recovery. People with a disability as a result of their mental health condition may qualify for NDIS therapy services.

Psychosocial disability can include impairment to both physical and mental function. Where the disability results in physical impairments, it is more easily understood how Physiotherapy interventions will assist. That said, Physiotherapy and Exercise Physiology interventions can also be helpful in the management of mental health impairments where it is proven to improve mood and anxiety levels, or increases access and involvement in the community. We see many NDIS participants with Psychosocial Impairments in our clinic, in our rehabilitation gym, for hydrotherapy programs and in their homes. 

Why see a Physiotherapist

Our Physiotherapy and Exercise Physiology team will develop a treatment program individually tailored to help you to achieve the goals of your NDIS plan. Your therapy is centred on your impairments – the impact of your mental health condition, rather than the condition itself. Your therapist will often form part of your existing treatment team including general practitioners, support workers, psychologists and psychiatrists. 

Psychosocial Disability Recovery-Oriented Framework

The NDIS Recovery Framework is informed by research, submissions, consultations, articles reports and policy documents, both nationally and internationally. It is also informed by the experiences of NDIS participants and their families, carers, service providers and state and territory governments.

The vision is that participants living with psychosocial disability are supported in their recovery journey to live a meaningful life in their community and can access and choose supports that enable independence and social and economic participation. The framework is intended to support and enhance the self-determination of people living with psychosocial disabilities. 

Our therapy team aims to support the six principles of this framework:

1. Supporting personal recovery

2. Valuing lived experience

3. NDIS and mental health services working together

4. Supporting informed decision making

5. Being responsive to the episodic and fluctuating nature of psychosocial disability

6. A stronger NDIS recovery-oriented and trauma informed workforce

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