Chinese Herbal Medicine Practitioner
Chinese herbal medicine practitioners are registered healthcare providers who are professionally trained to treat range of health conditions and to enhance wellbeing. Patients range from infants to the elderly.
Chinese herbal medicine is part of an integrated system of primary health care, known as traditional Chinese medicine and its origins date back to China more than 5000 years ago.
A qualified practitioner is able to prescribe a Chinese herbal formula that specifically matches and treats the patient’s individual health problem.
Chinese herbal medicine is effective treatment for a wide range of health disorders and may also be used to assist with general health maintenance and disease prevention.
Just some of the conditions Chinese herbal medicine can treat are: insomnia and fatigue, digestive disorders, constipation and diarrhoea, colds and influenza, headaches, skin disorders, anxiety, depression and stress, infertility and allergies.
A career in Chinese herbal medicine is rewarding for individuals who are passionate about health. If you are patient, tactful and compassionate, and have good problem solving skills and the willingness to engage in life-long learning, then a career as a Chinese herbal medicine practitioner may be the right choice for you.
Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association
The Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association Ltd (AACMA) is the leading national professional association of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine practitioners. AACMA has more than 2200 members, consisting of qualified practitioners and student members. High standards of education and practice are maintained by AACMA accredited practitioners due to the profession's determination to provide excellence in acupuncture and TCM health care.
AACMA members are bound to a high standard of ethical and professional conduct through adherence to our national practitioner accreditation standards, Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice.
Student Membership is open (free) to students enrolled in accredited Chinese medicine courses and enables students to keep abreast of trends in the profession and other issues of importance. Student Members also enjoy other benefits and concessions which the Association may negotiate from time to time.
The Chinese medicine profession joined the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme for the Health Professions on 1 July 2012. This is the same scheme that regulates medical practitioners, physiotherapists, chiropractors, dentists, nurses and midwives etc. Chinese medicine practitioners must now be registered with the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia (CMBA) in order to offer acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine services to the public. Membership of AACMA provides an additional layer of protection for the public and a range for support for practitioners in maintaining and developing their professional standards and meeting their obligation under the national law.
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