The Complementary Medicine Association was one of the largest and longest established single modality associations in Australia, being founded in 1985.  The vision and purpose was to dedicate themselves to representing professional Naturopaths to Government bodies, Health Funds, Insurance Companies and the General Public.

As of January 2013 however, in a bold move away from its ‘single modality status’ the CMA decided to alter its acceptance criteria to not only those studying in and (duly) qualified in Naturopathy, but also; Homeopathy, Nutrition, Western Herbal Medicine, Chinese Herbal Medicine and Ayurveda.

The CMA Board of Directors decided it was time to grow the CMA family into a larger group of like minded (ingestive modality) professionals, without losing the integrity of the Associations beliefs, constitution and direction.  Thus in turn also giving the CMA and its members a bigger, stronger, more united voice and even more recognition with those departments and bodies most important to be ‘known’ by.

Some of the CMA’s main objectives are;

  • To ensure members are adequately qualified to practice
  • To encourage Continued Practitioner Education (CPE)
  • To ensure practitioners maintain professional indemnity insurance
  • To enforce a suitable code of ethics and by laws by which to abide by
  • To ensure professional standards of practice and clinical amenities
  • To oversee the servicing of health fund benefits to patients
  • To safeguard patients’ interests wherever and however possible
  • To handle patient complaints
  • To represent our practitioners in the utmost professional manner

If you cannot find the information you are looking for, email us at admin@cma.asn.au



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