Australian Professional Recognition

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The College makes every effort to ensure that its courses are accredited or approved by all relevant major Professional Associations and encourages its students and graduates to make an informed decision about membership benefits before applying for Professional Association membership.

The College provides an equal opportunity for all Professional Associations which accredit or approve its courses to provide information about their Association to College students and graduates. This information is made available to students and graduates by way of the campus libraries, trade shows, and other College-authorised events.

College administrative and academic staff do not promote or recommend any relevant Professional Association over another, to students or graduates through administration or in the classroom or clinic.

Australian Professional Recognition

Bachelor of Health Science (Acupuncture)

Graduates of the Bachelor of Health Science (Acupuncture) may apply for membership with the following associations:

  • Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association Ltd (AACMA)
  • Australian Natural Therapists Association (ANTA)
  • Australian Traditional Medicine Society (ATMS)
  • Federation of Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture Societies of Australia Ltd (FCMA)
  • Complementary Medicine Association (CMA) – Chinese Herbal Medicine

Graduates must also apply for registration with (CMBA) Chinese Medicine Board of Australia if they wish to practise in Australia.

Bachelor of Health Science (Naturopathy)

Graduates of the Bachelor of Health Science (Naturopathy) may apply for membership with the following associations:

  • Australian Natural Therapists Association (ANTA)
  • Australian Traditional Medicine Society (ATMS)
  • Australian Naturopathic Practitioners Association (ANPA)
  • Naturopaths & Herbalists Association of Australia (NHAA)
  • Complementary Medicine Association (CMA)
  • International Institute for Complementary Therapists (IICT)

Bachelor of Health Science (Nutritional and Dietetic Medicine)

Graduates of the Bachelor of Health Science (Nutritional and Dietetic Medicine) may apply for membership with the following associations:

  • Australian Natural Therapists Association (ANTA)
  • Australian Traditional Medicine Society (ATMS)
  • The Nutrition Society of Australia (NSA)
  • Complementary Medicine Association (CMA)
  • International Institute for Complementary Therapists (IICT)

Note:

  • This degree does not meet the professional accreditation requirements of the Dietitian’s Association of Australia (DAA) for graduates to practice as an Accrediting Practising Dietitian
  • This degree does not meet the requirements of Australian Association & Register of Practicing Nutritionists (AARPN) – AARPN was formed in 2019 and requires 50% of Bachelor studies to be completed face to face on campus.

Diploma of Remedial Massage

Graduates of the Diploma of Remedial Massage may apply for membership with the following associations:

  • Australian Natural Therapists Association (ANTA)
  • Australian Traditional Medicine Society (ATMS)
  • Massage & Myotherapy Australia (MMA)
  • Myotherapy Association Australia (MAA)
  • Association of Massage Therapists (AMT)
  • International Institute for Complementary Therapists (IICT)

Membership

The natural health industry has a range of Professional Associations that can provide ongoing professional development as well as the opportunity to be a part of a supportive network of those involved in your profession.

Endeavour College believes that supportive, vibrant and innovative industry-based organisations are essential to the growth and development of both the industry and its professionals. Many of these Professional Associations are represented on our Course Discipline Committees, which are an important element in our continuing course development.

We don’t endorse any particular professional organisation or association and, as there are multiple representative associations, we recommend students research the philosophical differences and consider their professional memberships based on their own individual career paths and personal aspirations.

Some questions to consider in making your decision:

  • How long has the association been established?
  • How large is the membership base of the association?
  • Who are the Board members of the association?
  • What resources does the association offer its members:
    • Access to Code of Ethics, Policies and Guidelines on Professional Practice & Clinical Standards
    • Links to Health Fund and Government policy information and regulation
    • Government advocacy and lobbying
    • Free Student Membership
    • Continuing Professional Education
    • Practitioner register
    • Social Media community
    • Listing on online Practitioner search
    • Online access to Research, Webinars and Resources
    • National Seminars & Symposiums
    • Student Bursaries & Awards
    • Research Grants
    • Discounts
    • eNews and/or Journal

In a competitive membership environment, some professional organisations may set their membership standards higher than the federal government’s requirement under TEQSA for achieving your degree. In sectors where health rebates are available, under the Private Health Insurance (Accreditation) Rules 2011, membership of at least one professional association is required for health rebates. The legislation also defines the Professional Association requirements in Part 2 No. 10. ‘Treatments provided by other health care providers’.