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Lactation Consultant

Application for Lactation Consultant

Provider Recognition

Bupa has absolute discretion in granting recognition to any ancillary provider. Meeting the criteria below does not guarantee recognition. Bupa will exercise this discretion where required, on a case-by-case basis.

To attain Bupa recognition as a lactation consultant, you must meet and satisfy all aspects of our recognition criteria, as follows:

  • Be a full member of a relevant provider Association, which meets the requirements, set out in the Bupa Accreditation Requirements for Professional Associations. An example of a relevant provider Association is the Lactation Consultants of Australia and New Zealand Ltd;
  • Must maintain a minimum number of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours directly relevant to the applicant’s context of practice;
  • Possess public risk/liability insurance for not less than $2,000,000 per claim and professional indemnity insurance for not less than $2,000,000 per claim;
  • Maintain current and up-to-date skills in CPR and first aid application;
  • Bupa recognised providers are required to be in private practice. Our definition of private practice for the purposes of the Bupa recognition criteria is as follows:
    "Private practice means that the person is self employed and solely responsible for their own operating cost, sick leave, annual leave etc, and that their income is primarily derived from the fee to patient/client for services rendered, at that practice. Where a provider practices in conjunction with other providers, they can be deemed to be in private practice providing that the income of that group is derived from fees received from patients/clients of the practice. The group or individual practitioner is not funded or contracted to any public or private authority except for the payment to that authority for rent of premises"

Please read the following documents carefully, so that you are fully aware of Bupa’s expectations for all Bupa recognised Ancillary providers:

If you wish to apply for recognition with Bupa, please supply the following information:

  • A completed and signed Bupa Application for Recognition form (PDF, 175KB);
  • Evidence of your International Board Certified Lactation Consultant certificate;
  • Evidence of your current Professional Indemnity Insurance policy;
  • Evidence of your Business Entity Name and Trading Name (including the submission of your Australian Business Number - ABN); and
  • A sample copy of a business tax invoice/receipt - An example is a receipt provided to your patient/client as proof of payment for lactation services.

Once you have signed and completed the application form, please email all required documentation, including the above referenced documents to

Should you have any questions concerning the recognition process, please contact the Health and Benefits Operations team on 1800 060 239.