Your patients trust you with their health and wellbeing every day. In your hands they receive the care they need to live their lives to the fullest. Now it’s your turn to put your trust in our hands. The APA have partnered with BMS Risk Solutions Pty Ltd. to bring you an enhanced member insurance program.
Your hands are in good hands
The APA provide a high quality insurance program that represents great value for members.
The APA Member Insurance Program offers a wide range of benefits to meet your professional needs and protect your hard-earned reputation, including:
Beyond a professional indemnity insurance policy, members who require additional insurance products, including for their businesses, will be able to purchase them within minutes through a sophisticated and secure online platform.
Increased evidence-based practice risk resources will also be created and published. This data-driven material will help to reduce practice risk by affording members greater insight into emerging trends both in Australia and across other jurisdictions, particularly Canada.
APA members will also have exclusive access to an experienced insurance and claims service and specialist legal support.
Market Leading Benefits - Boundary Violation Coverage
We recognise your professional landscape is shifting. Global trends, in our profession and others, have shown us that the likelihood of an allegation of sexual misconduct against professionals like you is on the rise.
Such allegations can cause significant distress and financial hardship. The APA is committed to supporting members who inadvertently find themselves in the midst of such allegations.
APA Insurance provides members with $2 million additional cover to support inquiries and investigations relating to allegations of abuse, including sexual misconduct.
This is an excellent level of cover, above industry standard, at no additional cost to you.
BMS is a global Lloyd’s broker, and the largest majority employee-owned insurance business in the London market. BMS has teams in Australia and Canada specialising in providing insurance cover and value-added services to associations and their members.
BMS’s Australian and Canadian teams provide coverage and additional services to more than 400,000 healthcare and regulated professionals through 60+ associations, including over 12,000 members of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.
Business Entity cover
Business entity cover is professional indemnity and public liability insurance for your business. This is different to your personal insurance coverage, or that of clinicians working in your practice. If your business is named in a legal action, these costs are not covered by your standard APA insurance policy. This is where business entity cover comes in.
It is important to note that business entity cover does not cover clinicians for their actions while working within your clinic.
The “Retroactive Date” of your APA Business Entity policy will be the start date of the policy, unless otherwise stated. If you did not take out Business Entity Insurance on or before 31 December 2019, you currently have a gap in cover. Although your Business Entity Policy cannot be backdated, backdating the retroactive date of your policy means you have cover for any new claims that you become aware of, arising out of past work (known claims are excluded).
It is good practice for all businesses to cover their entity risk. If a clinician in your business is named in a legal proceeding, it’s not unusual for the business to be investigated as a means of determining liability and fault, if any exists.
If you are a physiotherapy only practice with five or fewer physiotherapists employed there is no additional premium payable under the policy you hold through your membership however, you still need to apply for cover to obtain a certificate with your business name insured.
If you employ more than five physiotherapists and/or have any other health professionals working in your practice, your APA member insurance policy will not cover your business entity. In this instance, there may be an additional premium payable.
The premium is individually assessed for each business and can be determined by logging into your APA account and visiting the BMS online portal here.
BMS has recently launched a self-service microsite to help our members gain business entity cover. If you decide to take out this insurance, it is important to do so via the BMS microsite.
Once purchased (even if there is no premium payable), the site will automatically issue you a Certificate of Currency, noting your business entity name, via email.
Please note that if you do not apply for business entity coverage you will not be automatically covered under your insurance as part of your normal APA membership and insurance policy.
Looking to purchase additional insurance cover? Log in and click below to access our new member-only online self-service insurance platform that allows you to purchase additional insurance cover anytime, anywhere, from our official insurance broker partner, BMS Risk Solutions.
If you are currently a part of the APA Member Insurance Program, coverage is already provided for professional indemnity, public liability and products liability. You can now purchase additional insurance cover including business, cyber and personal accident, as well as business entity insurance, in a convenient and hassle-free manner.
BMS Risk Solutions – additional cover
Insurance policy documentation
To assist in your enquiry, APA has provided a number of documents. Just click on the links below to download your files.
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