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ndis Celebrating one year of Bupa Therapy It’s been almost a year since Bupa Therapy officially launched. The state-of-the-art therapy centre was completed last November and officially launched in March Major milestone The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is now supporting 200,000 Australians. T he NDIS is fully operational to help meet the growing demand for NDIS, rehabilitation and therapy services across Melbourne. S ince the centre first the G-EO System) to help people opened, it has focussed with limited mobility due to injury. on the delivery of “Since we introduced the physiotherapy, occupational G-EO robotic gait trainer, we therapy and speech pathology, have seen a growing demand for for people with neurological and the service – not only from within chronic health conditions. greater Melbourne but also from The centre offers multi- interstate,” Ms Aldous said. in New South Wales, the disciplinary therapy and a Australian Capital Territory coordinated care experience all certainly increased with a 100 under the one roof. per cent rise on the previous and South Australia, with ongoing roll-out in remaining states and territories. Minister for Families and Social Bupa Therapy Operations “The activity rate has month for enquiries and uptake. Manager Angela Aldous (pictured You know there is demand when below) said that as the awareness the G-EO is booked out four Services, Paul Fletcher (pictured of Bupa Therapy has grown, there weeks in advance. above), said the roll-out of the has been an increasing number of NDIS was having a positive impact enquiries about its services. on Australians with disability, their “We continue to try to families and carers, as well as bring our model of care to bringing jobs and economic growth. life and are always looking at “Since launching in 2013 at four trial sites, the NDIS has grown to supporting more than 200,000 “We are looking forward to welcoming a Neuro-Rehab physician who will consult from Bupa Therapy one day a week. “We have certainly come a feedback to better improve our long way and I’m excited for what service offerings,” she said. is next for Bupa Therapy in 2019. In August this year, Bupa Australians, including around 60,000 began trialling cutting-edge people who are now receiving robotic gait technology (known as The future is bright, and the best is yet to come.” support for the very first time,” Mr Fletcher said. “The NDIS is one of the most important social reforms in Australian history, not only delivering for those with disabilities, but driving new important economic benefits by creating new markets, new business and employment opportunities." 16 ndis