The Complementary Medicine Association (CMA), became an incorporated association in NSW in 1985, and became a limited company in 2000.
The CMA was formed to provide health care professionals who were qualified in natural therapies with a new highly ethical association under which they could unite and hopefully leave behind them the years of rivalry which existed between older more established associations.
While similar in some ways to other existing ‘umbrella groups’ we are totally different in many ways, which we believe makes our Association a more evenly represented, democratic, and ethical organisation.
- We are an Australia wide association.
- All members receive a vote and thus run the organisation.
- We have a professional Constitution, Code of Ethics and By-laws which are strictly policed.
- We accept Naturopaths ONLY.
- The association has strict educational entry requirements.
- Practicing members must carry Professional Indemnity Insurance.
- Our full members are recognised as health care professionals by the Australian Taxation Office [ATO], and consequently have an exemption from charging GST on consultations.
- Members are recognised naturopathic providers by over 40 health funds nationally.
- All practicing members undertake Continuing Practice Education [CPE].
- All practicing members hold current First Aid Certificates.
- All members are recognised by the Therapeutic Goods Administration [TGA] for professional advertising exemptions.
- We are independent Association with no affiliations to Colleges, Manufacturers, or other bodies, which may present a conflict of interest.
We have worked hard since our inception in 1985 to build an ethical and highly skilled Association of Prime Contact practitioners to represent to Government Health Funds and the Public. We are committed to obtaining full government recognition for our members and the profession in the form of professional peer group registration.
Until this occurs however, the CMA is committed to protecting the public by providing and policing both a high and professional standard of Naturopathic services.
Aims of CMA
The main aims of the CMA are:
- To promote, encourage, provide internship and counsel in matters relating to Complementary Medicine and its associated Therapies and Modalities at the highest level of professional responsibility.
- To establish and maintain relations with institutions, organizations, colleges and others throughout the world having the same or similar objects.
- To promote and protect the mutual interests of its members.
- To educate the public as to what Naturopaths do.
- To provide a service to people who wish to have access to natural remedies.
- To provide and maintain a professional Code of Ethics.
- To create and pursue policies with the aim to unite the trained Naturopaths of Australia.
- To provide a more professional image for Naturopaths to the community.
- To provide support in the many aspects that confront the practicing Naturopath.
- CMA aims to attain full registration for Naturopaths in all states.