Activate Ability: Exercise Physiology for people with special needs

ACTIVATE health is a registered provider with the National Disability Scheme (NDIS) working with people with disability, their carers, medical, and support team, and NDIS planners to:

  • Achieve physical goals for increased independence, joining the workforce, and increased mobility.
  • Achieve optimal health; all people should be able to exercise daily to increase health, add life enjoyment, and prevent disease.
  • Improve Quality of Life through physical and mental wellbeing.
  • Achieve socialisation goals, group activities, and community participation.
  • Prevention and management of common comorbidities such as depression and anxiety, type 2 diabetes, obesity, reduced functional ability, low strength and fitness, and Cardiac diseases.
  • Achieve normal development for motor skills and coordination,  musculoskeletal development, and  exercise participation for all ages ONE TO ONE HUNDRED.

Exercise Physiology services through the NDIS include both Individual and or Group Supervised Exercise physiology sessions targeting the needs and goals of the individual and their special needs. Exercise Physiology is claimed under the Improved Health and Wellbeing Section of Funding for those with a permanent disability, where that disability impacts on their ability to perform daily activities.

ACTIVATE Health Exercise Physiology NDIS Programs include:

  • Individual Assessment and Consultation – Individual provider management plan and services request report provided
  • Individual Exercise Physiology sessions in our private practices, Hydrotherapy pools, or at home,
  • Group Exercise Physiology – small groups with similar needs and goals.

Disabilities that may benefit from Exercise Physiology:

  • Autism (ASD)
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Amputation
  • Muscle Dystrophy
  • Down’s Syndrome
  • Stroke
  • Vision or Hearing Impairment
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Brain injury
  • Musculoskeletal disability, ie spinal injury
  • Motor Neuron disorders
  • Intellectual disability

Activ Play (NDIS Early Intervention)

Our early intervention Exercise Physiology program provides accessible exercise for children ages 2-12. We off an adaptive gym that is designed to support the needs of all abilities.

We offer individual and small group Exercise Physiology interventions for toddlers and children with special needs. Our practitioners are highly passionate and experienced with Exercise interventions for children. We ensure programs are goal and participation directed whilst enabling fun, interactive, and ‘play’ based activities.

Research shows children with disability engage in less physical activity compare to their typically developing peers. Here at Activate Health, we believe every child deserves access to inclusive and engaging exercise services!

Some of the conditions we treat include:

  • Autism/ASD
  • Intellectual Disability
  • ADHD
  • Hypermobility
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Downs Syndrome
  • Global development delay
  • Childhood Cancer
  • Physical Disabilities

Why is exercise important?

Exercise has a wide variety of benefits for children such as:

  • promotes healthy growth and development
  • increased independence for daily tasks
  • fine and gross motor skill development
  • improve focus, school performance and sleep
  • develop relationships and social skills
  • decreased adult disease risk
  • reduced screen-time and sedentary activities
  • improved self-confidence, self-esteem and a sense of belonging



Activ Teens (NDIS participants 12-18 years)

Activ Teens is an inclusive and engaging individual and group exercise service for adolescence. We take special consideration in structuring our sessions to suit every individual. Our Exercise Physiologists ensure your exercise program targets your goals in a safe and interactive manner!

Why is group exercise beneficial?

Exercise in a group based setting has many benefits for teenagers such as:

  • Increased social behaviour and communication skills
  • Further development of gross motor skills
  • Increased mental resilience
  • Increased independence and functions for daily tasks
  • Improves self-esteem and confidence
  • Reduces the risk of developing chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.


Activate Hydrotherapy

Some physical conditions (Cerepral Palsy, Spinal damage, MS)

Exercise therapy in the waters enables multiple benefits including independence of movement not able on land, pain management, improve cardiovascular and respiratory fitness not able on land, supported body weight, pain management, reduced muscles spasm, improved circulation, increased muscles through resistance against the water, and enjoyment.

Sessions can be performed in our Fully Equipped Exercise therapy Gymnasiums (Rockhampton, Yeppoon, and Emu park) or at a facility of client choice).

All Exercise physiology interventions covered under the NDIS incur NO out of pocket expense to the Individual. Rates are changes at indicated NDIS rates , please contact the clinic for the most updates prices.

Group Exercise Physiology

Group participants are assessed for physical and intellectual abilities, with care taken to form groups of similar levels and needs maximising results and enjoyment. Group sizes vary from 2-6 depending on the type of the class and needs of the individuals. Socialisation and sensory needs are catered for with an individualised and graded approach. Parents and carer’s may or may not be required within the group sessions, this is assessed and based on the needs of the group and individual.

Activate Ability small groups (not limited)

  • Activ PLAY: Kindy Gym
  • Activ TEENS: Gym Circuit
  • Activate Hydrotherapy
  • Activate Neuro (Parkinson’s, MS, and stroke etc)
  • Boxfit
  • Yoga (coming soon)