BTFA-ARCCIM Research Capacity Building Program Update

The BTFA partnership with ARCCIM:UTS cannot be overstated. It underpins the BTFA leading the way nationally and internationally in research capacity building within our Profession.

The interrelated key elements of the BTFA Research Capacity Building program include:

• Research leadership
• Practitioner Research and Collaboration Initiative (PRACI) and
• Research knowledge and skill development workshops.

A summary of the program is provided below and is also available on the ARCCIM website.

Bowen Therapy International Complementary Medicine Research Leadership and Capacity Building Program

The goal of the BTFA program is to identify, nurture and support future Bowen therapy research leaders who can help develop research activity, as well as lead the growth of a sustainable research culture within the Bowen therapy profession.

The BTFA has funded two candidates for the Bowen Therapy CM Leadership Program. Congratulations to Barbara Beacham and Eleanor Oyston who were successful in their applications. All applications were peer-reviewed by a selection panel of senior ARCCIM academics.

Program Overview

The International Complementary Medicine Research Leadership and Capacity Building Program – hosted by the Australian Research Centre in Complementary and Integrative Medicine (ARCCIM) – was established in 2014 to provide essential mentoring, career development and research capacity building with the ultimate goal of nurturing and mentoring future complementary medicine leaders.

The ultimate goal of the BTFA Program is to identify, nurture and support future Bowen therapy research leaders (within the CM research community) who are able to help develop and lead a sustainable research culture within their practitioner community and Profession more broadly, and are also able to contribute to the evidence needed by patients, practitioners and policymakers.

The Program provides opportunities for successful applicants to mix with others interested in developing Complementary Medicine (CM) research, and to reflect and strategise in the context of not only their own career and profession but the bigger picture of CM (including Bowen therapy) research and the challenges/opportunities facing the national and international field. As such, the Program provides a unique opportunity for Bowen therapy professionals to lend essential ‘critical mass’ to the planning and development of a broad evidence-base for both Bowen therapy and CM use and practice.

Those chosen for the Program through the competitive application process will be known as the ‘Fellows’ of the Program. The ‘Fellows’ will attract Honorary Appointment as Visiting Research Scholars/Fellows with ARCCIM over the period of the Program in line with UTS policy. Fellows will be required attend an annual Program residential each year, either in Sydney or at an overseas location. Some financial support is provided through the Program to enable participation.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for the program, applicants must be a financial member of the BTFA, have been awarded a Masters or PhD qualification and be within no more than 10 years of last qualification (Masters or PhD) award at date of application deadline and, hold a position at a research institution/university or equivalent research-appropriate organisation.

Candidates must also show:

  • an emerging track record in Bowen therapy scholarship and research output;
  • the potential and commitment to further develop and make a substantial contribution to the national and international field of critical Bowen therapy research.