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Exercise options during the COVID-19 pandemic

DVA and exercise during the COVID-19 pandemicThe Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) is offering great support to provide the best care to veterans during the COVID-19 pandemic.On 1 April 2020, DVA expanded access to telehealth services which has been well received by all our Veterans currently being treated at Moonee Valley Health and Fitness. This enables medical, community nursing and many allied health services to continue to be provided to Australia’s veteran community, via videoconference or telephone (‘telehealth’).With the introduction of these telehealth options we are still able to offer Physiotherapy, Exercise Physiology and Dietetics to our veteran patients. You can now access our essential health services in your home, and will support self-isolation and quarantine policies to reduce the risk of exposure and the spread of COVID-19.This expansion allows all Veteran Gold Card and Veteran White cardholders to access our health and fitness professionals via telehealth, where clinically appropriate, and at no cost.Compared to the the services funded under the Medicare Benefits Schedule, DVA’s funding arrangements for allied health services are significantly broader, and encourages veterans to continue to use these services under their current DVA funding arrangements.These temporary arrangements will be in place until 30 September 2020, when they will be reviewed in light of the need to continue the fight against COVID-19.Exercise & Gym Rehab at MVFitOther Support services and resources for veteran patientsMental health support - Visit Open Arms: Veterans & Families Counselling Service or call 1800 011 046, 24 hours a day, 7 days a weekAccess to prescriptions and pharmaceuticals - Vulnerable people, including eligible veterans, can order their Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) and Repatriation Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (RPBS) prescriptions remotely, and have their medicines home-delivered, once a month, to [...]

Understanding the DVA Treatment Cycle

If you are confused by the Allied Health treatment cycle, we are here to help explain the new process that has been introduced to help give you better care based on your health needs. How does the treatment cycle work? You can be referred by your usual GP to an allied health provider, if you have a clinical need for allied health treatment. Referrals can also be initially made by a specialist doctor or hospital discharge planner. Referral arrangements to specialist doctors (for medical treatment such as psychiatry or surgery) remain unchanged. Dental and optical services are not included as part of the treatment cycle arrangements, as referrals to these services are not required. At the beginning of the treatment cycle, your allied health provider will prepare a Patient Care Plan and ask you about your health goals. At the end of the treatment cycle the allied health provider will send a report to your usual GP. The report outlines the treatment provided, the progress of the treatment towards meeting agreed goals and recommendations for further treatment, if required. Your GP will use this report to review the progress of treatment and assess if further allied health treatment is clinically required, or whether other treatment options are needed. Your GP will provide you with a new referral to your allied health provider, if it is needed. You will continue to have access to the care you need. You can have as many treatment cycles as your GP decides are clinically necessary. You can have a separate treatment cycle for each allied health service you require. This includes having treatment cycles for different allied health services at the same time. For example, you may have services [...]

DVA Funded Exercise Programs

Our DVA funded exercise rehab programs and our gym memberships are specifically designed for Veterans, to keep you active, mobile, pain free and healthy. Our program combines a multi-disciplinary approach looking at fitness, movement, flexibility, pilates, diet and exercise. It is designed to achieve long lasting results in clients and has already delivered outstanding results! Are you are looking for any of following and are a Gold or White Card holder? DVA Funded Exercise Programs Free Fitness for Veterans Veterans Gym Memberships DVA Wellness Programs Our team of Allied Health Professionals are here to help Veterans like you Studies have shown that regular exercise can be used to combat the symptoms of PTS, and can help with depression and anxiety that has been noted in soldiers or first responders transitioning into different roles. We have physiotherapy, exercise, dietetic and exercise rehabilitation services for all Gold and White Card holders covered by DVA's health care arrangements. To be eligible for our program you will need a referral from your GP and be eligible for treatment services under DVA. Private options for the program are also available. Our aim is to always treat and devise an exercise regimen for veterans based on their condition, and to provide them with the skills to manage the exercise component of their treatment on their own. DVA does not fund ongoing, regular participation in exercise programs or ongoing group exercise supervision by exercise physiologists. If veterans wish to continue with an exercise program following their treatment, it becomes a private arrangement between the veteran, the gym and our exercise physiologist. To learn more visit - https://www.mvfit.com.au/our-services/dva/

Allied Health Supporting People with Disabilities

Building allied health capacity to support people with disabilities Overview The Victorian Government is developing a capability framework, tools and training packages to assist allied health professionals to support people with disabilities and complex support needs. Resources will also be developed to assist people with disabilities, their families and carers to navigate allied health services. The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is changing the way disability services are funded and accessed to ensure all people with disabilities get the support and services they need and deserve. A highly skilled and professional workforce is the foundation of a high quality NDIS. Our Exercise Physiologists, Physiotherapists and Dietitians play an important role in delivering the scheme. Supporting people with disabilities and complex support needs is an area of allied health practice that requires additional training after professionals attain entry-level qualifications. However, there are no consistent state or national frameworks to support allied health capability development in this area. This project aims to build allied health capacity to improve outcomes for people with a disability and is a priority under Keeping our sector strong, Victoria’s workforce plan for the NDIS. How can you participate? They have developed two surveys to shape the capability framework and they will be open until Nov 7th 2019. As a person with a disability, carer or advocate Share your thoughts about what makes a good allied health professional. What makes a good allied health professional? This will help us improve the ways allied health services support people with disabilities. This survey is for people with disabilities, carers and advocates. Questions 1 to 4 ask about you. Questions 5 to 7 ask about an experience you have had with an allied health professional. https://engage.vic.gov.au/allied-health-ndis-capability-framework/people-disabilities-carers-and-advocates [...]

NDIS Quarterly Report June 2019

NDIS Quarterly Report Released June 2019 The NDIS Quarterly Report from April 1 2019 - June 30 2019 has been released showing data that close to 100,000 participants are receiving supports for the first time.Acting NDIA CEO (Vicki Rundle) has said "The positive impact that the NDIS continues to have on the lives of Australians with disability and their families and carers is demonstrated by improved participant satisfaction results"Highlights of the Quarterly Report included:90% of participants were satisfied with their planning experience;6% growth of the NDIS provider market with 21,510 registered providers;The rate of unscheduled plan reviews has fallen, indicating some improvement with participant plan satisfaction;Of the total number of registered providers, 46% are individuals/sole traders and 54% are organisations/companies;7.3% of participants identifying as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander entering in this quarter; and10.3% of participants who received an NDIS plan were of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse heritage.Vicki Rundle commented that "while the latest Quarterly Report results are promising – there is still room for improvement and we continue to work on a number of initiatives to further enhance the experience participants have with the Scheme".The NDIS Quarterly Report for June 2019 as well as all the previous reports can be found at https://www.ndis.gov.au/about-us/publications/quarterly-reports Victorian Performance Report as of 30 June 2019 Participants and Planning An additional 11,293 participants with plans this quarter (excluding ECEI). At 30 June 2019, plans approved and ECEI referrals represent: • 68% of 2018-19 bilateral estimate met (1 July 2018 - 30 June 2019) • 75% of scheme to date bilateral estimate met (1 July 2013 - 30 June 2019) Participant satisfaction has increased in the quarter, with 90% of participants surveyed rating their satisfaction with the Agency's [...]

Services funded under the NDIS

The following services are funded under the NDIS: Exercise Physiology – NDIS participants can work with our EP's to: increase functional capacity & resilience reduce injury and chronic disease risk with targeted risk assessments & exercise programs provide exercise therapy & exercise rehabilitation to reduce the impact of disability increase feelings of wellness and confidence with development of fitness & strength // You can view more details of the Exercise Physiology support budget types here Therapeutic supports - provide individualised assessments, therapy & training services to identify & quantify effective and sustainable outcomes, including type and frequency of therapies. Personal training - assist participants improve cardiovascular fitness, strength, & muscle tone/control Physiotherapy – facilitate therapies to restore mobility, and assess specific functional needs Dietetics - provide participants with nutritional advice and meal plans Information for NDIS participants on developing your first plan You may have a few questions about developing your first plan. We understand that every person living with a disability has different needs, and we’re here to help you develop a plan that you have choice and control over. Watch this video for more information on developing your first plan. MVFIT is a Registered NDIS Provider Learn more about the NDIS services MVFIT provide here. NDIS Online Referral Form - Complete our online referral and a member of the MVFit Allied Health team will be in touch.

Exercise Physiology – Support Budget Types

Once your NDIS plan is approved, you need to understand different budgets, who can help you start using your plan, and how your plan is managed. This is a brief explanation of how our exercise physiology approved NDIS services can be used in relation to your budget. The NDIA commission are constantly making changes to how the NDIS works, and the below information is based on the current information as of July 2019. NDIS Exercise and Personal Training There are three types of support budgets that may be funded in NDIS plans: Core Supports Capacity Building Supports Capital Supports Your funding is based on what is ‘reasonable and necessary’ to achieve your goals in addition to the support provided by family friends and other community and government services. Exercise Physiology services currently can be funded with Capacity Building Supports. NDIS Funds for Exercise Physiology Moonee Valley Health and Fitness’s Accredited Exercise Physiologists are trained to prescribe exercise programs to people who will benefit from greater mobility, balance and overall health. These are usually gym based programs delivered in our onsite gym in Travancore, VIC 3032. Using your Capacity Support Budget. Capacity Building Supports help build your independence and skills to help you reach your long-term goals. Unlike your Core Supports budget, your Capacity Building Supports budget cannot be moved from one support category to another. Funding can only be used to purchase approved individual supports that fall within that Capacity Building category. The Capacity Building categories that Exercise Physiology currently fall under are Improved Health & Wellbeing and Improved Daily Living. Capacity Building and Exercise Physiology Services The capacity building support services [...]

Research – Physical Activity and Psychological Well-Being in Cancer Survivors

Physical Activity and Psychological Well-Being in Cancer Survivors Research Thesis by L’shae Dib looking at ‘Physical Activity and Psychological Well-Being in Cancer Survivors’. The research is being carried out in partial fulfillment of the Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours). This research is supported in kind by La Trobe University. The following researchers from The School of Psychology and Health, Department of Psychology and Counselling at La Trobe University, Australia will be conducting the study: 1. Professor Carlene Wilson : Chief Investigator 2. Doctor Gemma Skaczkowski : Assistant Researcher 3. Professor Pauleen Bennett : Assistant Researcher 4. Doctor Tiffani Howell : Assistant Researcher 5. L'shae Dib (honours candidate) : Student Researcher Survey Link - https://tinyurl.com/CancerPhysicalActivity What is the study about? It is a study looking at the level of physical activity that cancer survivors engage in and their overall psychological well-being. They aim to look at factors that influence physical activity, such a pet ownership or age. Survivorship care aims to enhance quality of life and emphasises “living well” after a cancer diagnosis. Physical activity is an important part of survivorship care, but we don’t know enough about how much cancer survivors are exercising or the impact this activity has on their well-being. This study explores these issues and may help us provide better care to cancer survivors in the future. Survey Link - https://tinyurl.com/CancerPhysicalActivity What will I be asked to do? If you want to take part in this study, we will ask you to complete an online questionnaire. It will take approximately 20-30 minutes of your time to be part of this study. What are the benefits of the study? [...]

The NDIS rollout for Victoria

As of July 2019, All eligible Victorians now have access to the NDIS. The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) was rolled out in Victoria first started in July 2016. Initially it was rolled out in stages so current and new disability service providers had time to prepare. Victoria statistics as of 31 March 2019 - 71,770 people in Victoria are benefiting from the NDIS - 14,698 people are now receiving support for the first time - 5,895 children are being supported by the ECEI program All eligible Victorians now have access to the NDIS. To become an NDIS participant a person must: Have a permanent impairment Be aged less than 65 Live in Australia in an NDIS area Be an Australian citizen We are a recognised NDIS service provider based in Melbourne for Exercise Physiology, Personal Training, Physiotherapy and Dietetics. For more information of our NDIS services visit - https://www.mvfit.com.au/our-services/ndis/ call our clinic (03)9996-0790 or fill out our online NDIS referral form. Finding where to access the NDIS in your area of Melbourne. The areas listed below are local areas to Moonee Valley Health and Fitness, and we are a registered NDIS service provider. Brimbank Melton Brimbank Melton Hume Moreland Hume Moreland Western Melbourne Hobsons Bay Maribyrnong Melbourne Moonee Valley Wyndham // The Local Area Coordination (LAC) partner for these regions in is the Brotherhood of St Laurence // The Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) is the Brotherhood of St Laurence If you are yet to be approved as a NDIS participant and live in any of the areas of Melbourne mentioned above, your main contact point should be the Brotherhood of St Laurence to begin the process and help you on your NDIS journey. [...]

Prostate Cancer & Exercise Research

New weapon against prostate cancer Did you know everyday more than 45 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer in Australia? Exercise is being teamed up with drug therapy to see if it can become a potent weapon against prostate cancer. EX-HEART trial Everyday more than 45 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer in Australia. Baker Institute EX-HEART Trial Androgen Deprivation Therapy (ADT) is a potent anti-cancer therapy that reduces prostate cancer mortality. However, ADT may increase the risk of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. The purpose of this research study is to evaluate the impact of ADT on cardiovascular structure and function, as well as the impact of exercise training during ADT on cardiovascular structure and function. Participate in the trial with Baker Institute Who can participate? Men 40 years or older. Diagnosed with prostate cancer. Scheduled or within one-month of receiving ADT. Benefits of participation? Comprehensive cardiovascular screening including echocardiography, cardiac magnetic resonance imaging and cardiopulmonary exercise test. 3-month best practice exercise intervention. Supervised by an accredited exercise physiologist who specialises in prostate cancer. Individualised exercise prescriptions. Small group exercise sessions. Delivered at one of four fitness centres around Melbourne. All screening and training is provided free of charge to participants. All participants will receive the exercise intervention with the control group offered a delayed intervention (wait list control). Contact Baker Institute if you are interested If you are interested in participating or would like further information, please contact Baker Institute: Ashley Bigaran T 03 8532 1108 E Ashley.Bigaran@baker.edu.au Contact Moonee Valley Health and Fitness Our Melbourne clinic is based at 378 Mount Alexander Road, Travancore [...]