COVID-19 advice to BTFA members

All Bowen therapists must be aware of the potential health implications of the extremely serious coronavirus (COVID-19) currently spreading worldwide, including Australia.

Think about how the virus could affect your clinic and take necessary precautions as advised by the Australian Government Department of Health. Focus on the best way to protect your own health and how to reduce the risk of transmitting the virus to others. The Australian Government Department of Health has provided specific information for those working in the health care sector.

The BTFA recommends therapists ensure they are familiar with, and up to date on, best practice standards around hygiene and infection control. We recommend you review the recommendations from the Australian Government on a regular basis. You can also refer to the BTFA’s Information Sheet for BTFA Members issued on 16th March 2020 which contains information on hygiene protocols.

It is very important that you ensure full clinical record keeping, including informed consent and contraindications for insurance purposes.

This website will be updated regularly as per advice received by the Australian Government.

Update Monday 6th April 2020

The BTFA and the BAA send a joint letter to Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt regarding the exclusion of Bowen therapists from practicing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Update Friday 3rd April 2020

BTFA’s insurance partner Aon Australia has released two COVID-19 statements relating to policy response and remote working, as well as a free webinar:

Aon Document 1Policy response to COVID-19
Aon Document 2Remote working

Aon Australia FREE webinar (claim 2 CPE points) – ‘An enterprise approach for protecting people and operations’

Update Wednesday 1st April 2020

JobKeeper Payment announced for sole traders

The Morrison Government has announced a JobKeeper Payment for sole traders affected by COVID-19. It’s a $130bn support package to keep Australians in work.

Sole traders may be eligible to receive the JobKeeper Payment if their turnover has reduced. Following registration by the eligible business, the Government will provide $1,500 per fortnight per eligible employee for a maximum of 6 months.
To register, go to https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/services/centrelink/jobseeker-payment

From The Guardian online, 1st April 2020: Am I eligible for the Jobkeeper payment? Here’s everything you need to know to register

Update Monday 30th March 2020

Online CPE training opportunities
The BTFA is currently looking into more online webinar opportunities for BTFA members, given that most face-to-face trainings have been cancelled as a result of COVID-19. The CPE Subcommittee has recently approved 3 new online trainings that people can do from home. BTFA members can claim up to 5 CPE points for each of these online trainings  (proof of attendance is required). These are available online at:

You can find a list of recommended webinars for Bowen therapists here (many are free). After watching a webinar, please ensure you fill in the required webinar application form in order to claim CPE points.

Update Sunday 29th March 2020

Media statement from Prime Minister Scott Morrison
The National Cabinet has agreed to limit both indoor and outdoor gatherings to two persons only. Exceptions to this limit include:

  • People of the same household going out together;
  • Funerals – a maximum of 10 people;
  • Weddings – a maximum of 5 people;
  • Family units.

Update Friday 27th March 2020

The BAA and BTFA have issued a joint letter from both associations addressed to the Health and Finance Ministers. The letter outlines a request for support packages for industry and individuals in therapeutic roles to assist them through the COVID-19 emergency. Read the letter here.

Update Wednesday 25th March 2020
COVID-19 COMMUNICATION TO BTFA MEMBERS 25 MARCH 2020

With the health and safety of our members and their clients top of mind, and the deadly, life-threatening nature of COVID-19, we are advising BTFA members to consider closing their Bowen clinics as of midnight tonight, Wednesday 25th March 2020 until further notice based on advice issued by the Australian Government.

If you continue to practice Bowen therapy, please be advised that this is at your and your clients’ own risk. We also recommend you contact your insurance company for updated insurance advice with regards to COVID-19.

You will also need to consider the healthcare concerns of yourself and those around you when deciding whether to close your Bowen clinic. You, or those people closest to you may have healthcare concerns that make it necessary for you to limit your physical interaction with others. Coronavirus is highly infectious and it has recently been reported that it can remain on plastic and steel surfaces for up to 72 hours.

Update Tuesday 24th March 2020

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has issued a Media Statement which includes clarification on current and new social distancing measures. This contains information relevant to Bowen practitioners. Please download the PDF and carefully read the updated advice.

Update Monday 23rd March 2020

COVID-19 and insurance

If you have specific queries regarding insurance and litigation around COVID-19, we will be providing our members with an update from Aon Australia as soon as possible. If not with Aon, we recommend you get in touch with your insurance company directly with any queries, as advice may differ depending on your insurer.

Can I still treat clients?

At this stage (dated Monday 23rd March 2020) we understand you can, depending on the regulations issued in your state. However, this may change as per the daily advice issued from the Australian Government – therefore we urge you to keep up to date with their advice.

You must of course practice very strict hygiene and infection control when treating clients and follow the protocols as advised by the Australian Government Department of Health.

Australian Government releases COVID-19 infection control training module

The Department of Health has recently released an online COVID-19 infection control training module for health care workers in all settings. It covers the fundamentals of infection prevention and control for COVID-19. You need to register online here – registration is open to anyone. BTFA members can claim 5 CPE points for undertaking this training (proof of online participation is required).

Dr Norman Swan’s advice to massage therapists re COVID-19

WATCH: Dr Norman Swan, presenter of the ABC radio program The Health Report provides advice to massage therapists with regards to COVID-19. (4.41 minutes). The same advice can be applied to Bowen therapists.
Video courtesy of Massage & Myotherapy Australia

Update Monday 16th March 2020
INFORMATION SHEET FOR BTFA MEMBERS REGARDING COVID-19

Important resources

Please keep up to date on COVID-19 via the website links below.

Australian Government Department of Health
Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice for the health and aged care sector
COVID-19 General information (updated daily)
COVID-19 More specific information (including hygiene) – key information for practitioners
COVID-19 Health Information hotline – 1800 020 080
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s Media Statements
Australian Medical Association
World Health Organisation

News sites

The Guardian Australia
Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)
ABC Radio – The Health Report podcasts
Or check your local state news outlet for information relevant to your state.