Australia’s chronic health crisis

The Australian National Health Survey data is in for 2022, and some of the findings are concerning.

Standouts include:

Eight in ten Australians (81.4%) had at least one long-term health condition. A long-term health condition was defined as a condition that had lasted or was expected to last for six months or more.

One in two (49.%) Australians had at least one chronic condition. Females were more likely to have at least one.

The most prevalent chronic conditions experienced in Australia in 2022 were:

  1. Mental and behavioural conditions – 26.1%
  2. Back problems – 15.7%
  3. Arthritis – 14.5%
  4. Asthma – 10.8%
  5. Diabetes – 5.3%
  6. Heart, stroke and vascular disease – 5.2%
  7. Osteoporosis – 3.4%
  8. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) – 2.5%
  9. Cancer – 1.8%
  10. Kidney disease – 1.0%

Australians need our help! The need for preventative health care has never been more evident. 

Among the various complementary therapies gaining recognition, Bowen Therapy emerges as a promising modality. This holistic bodywork technique, rooted in gentle and precise moves on specific points of the body, shows promise in supporting people with chronic health issues by assisting the nervous system towards its parasympathetic (rest and digest) state.

Bowen Therapy aims to stimulate the body’s natural healing mechanisms, making it a valuable ally in helping people manage conditions like back problems, arthritis, and even mental and behavioural concerns. Being stuck in an adrenal state makes it hard for the body to mend itself, so by supporting the nervous system, the body can more readily return to homoeostasis. Moreover, its non-invasive nature makes it suitable for individuals seeking preventative measures to maintain overall well-being. As part of a comprehensive healthcare strategy, incorporating Bowen Therapy can contribute to reducing the burden of chronic conditions and promoting a healthier, more resilient Australian (and global!) population.

Did you know?

Labour Market Insights anticipates the demand for massage therapists is expected to grow by 20% by 2026. While Bowen Therapy is not massage, there is a compelling opportunity to explore learning Bowen Therapy. As a specialised modality within the broader bodywork and complementary medicine fields, Bowen Therapy offers practitioners the chance to enhance their skill set and potentially capitalise on the rising need for holistic healthcare practitioners in this evolving job market. Bowen’s effectiveness in helping people manage chronic health conditions positions practitioners to meet the escalating needs of the expanding healthcare industry.

There’s never been a better time to become a Bowen Therapist or to upgrade your qualification to learn how to better help people with chronic health conditions. 

Up to $2,000 funding is available to eligible applicants through the Skills Checkpoint for Older Workers program, but only until 1 July 2024!

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  • Isabel Dupuy says:

    Yes I would like to finish my certificate with Sean which was thwarted by Covid times and parents dying, if you would be so kind!
    It’s interesting that much of this has bern exacerbated by certain interferences into the immune system by coercion and manipulation
    I was a Registered Nurse. The Health System is toxic filled with well meaning people… but iatrogenesis didn’t make it in your list and that is the big shame!
    I spoke to the head of Flinders Medical School about this, as a client. It’s terrifying going into the Western Medical System.

    • Kelly says:

      Hi Isabel, thanks for your comment. Sounds like it’s been a challenging few years. We hope you can resume your study with us. FYI, this data was collated by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

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