You may, or may not, be aware of the changes that the federal government are bringing to private health insurance that may affect your ability to claim for some of your favourite modalities. From 2019, any cover that attracts the government’s 30% rebate for premiums will no longer be able to provide claims for “natural” therapies. This, unfortunately, includes Bowen Therapy.
At the BAA, we are talking directly with the health insurers as the legislation does provide some wiggle-room for them to issue insurance policies that cover natural therapies, as long as the premiums don’t attract the 30% government rebate. We encourage you to contact your insurer directly to ask about their intentions for the future and to let them know that you value this part of your policy.
Regardless of the outcomes, it does not change what the Bowen Association Australia does and will continue to do. We are the industry professional association for Bowtech-trained Bowen Therapists in Australia. We will continue to represent Bowen Therapists to government, industry and the public. We will continue to hold our members to a high standard of professionalism, ensuring that they hold a nationally-recognised qualification, the necessary professional indemnity and public liability insurance and that they pursue continuing professional education annually, so that they are equipped with the latest knowledge in the ever-expanding understanding of the body and its workings. We will continue to fund research projects. We will continue to inform the public about this wonderful bodywork.
We highly recommend that you always check that your Bowen Therapist is a member of a professional association. A professional association will always be run by members of the profession and be a not-for-profit enterprise. A professional association will always have continuing professional education requirements to ensure that members are maintaining and building their skills. Non-Bowtech Bowen Therapists may also be registered with the Bowen Therapists Federation of Australia, and some broader associations, Massage and Myotherapy Australia and the Australian Traditional-Medicine Society, also recognise Bowen Therapists.