Late last year, the Australian Federal Government announced a plan to remove several key natural therapies from their definition of private health insurance general treatment. In short, this means that the rebate that applied to certain modalities as part of a private health insurance plan will not be offered.
The therapies affected by these policy changes are;
- Alexander Technique
- Bowen Therapy
- Tai Chi
From April 1st, 2019, the above therapies will no longer be funded under health insurance policies that are government-subsidised. While individuals will still be free to access these services, they will no longer be able to claim benefits from their insurer.
The International Institute for Complementary Therapists believes that these cuts are misguided and damaging to the proven, powerful health benefits of holistic and natural therapies, and will prove harmful to the industry moving forwards. It is our sincere hope that the government reconsiders this decision in the future and again treats these natural therapies as effective, legitimate treatments that evidence has proved them to be.
For any affected customers or practitioners that relied on these insurance rebates and who now worry for their financial security, IICT is ready and willing to help ease that burden. Such benefits include (but are not limited to);
- Lower prices than most competing professional associations
- No annual training requirements
- No compulsory professional development conditions
- No high registration fees
- All modalities practiced covered under a single membership with an annual fee
- Discount insurance
- Membership starts from as little as $1 for students and $179 for qualified practitioners (+GST)
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If you think that an IICT Membership could assist you or someone you know during this period of uncertainty, feel free to head to the link below to see if our Membership is a good fit.
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*The 'Every Therapist Covered' Guarantee is available within 120 days of purchasing a IICT membership for newly approved members with qualifications that meet our minimum training qualification requirements and match our current list of approved modalities with IICT's recommended insurance brokers. Insurance policies advertised are available through our recommended insurance brokers ‘BMS Group' and is additional to membership fees advertised. Student Membership is $39pa + GST for a total price of $42.90; Full Membership is $179pa + GST for a total price of $196.90; Executive Membership is $199pa + GST for a total price of $218.90. All prices listed on this website are effective from January 1st 2019. Membership plans purchased and set duration prior to this date, are subject to the pricing set at the time of purchase. Membership plans purchased and set duration prior to this date, are subject to the pricing set at the time of purchase. All discount coupons are valid for ‘one time use’ and cannot be redeemed for subsequent membership renewals or when re-joining IICT after a membership plan has expired. Only ATPs are eligible to use logos on training certificates.