How Will I Benefit from CMA Membership?

 

  • Our board of Directors are voluntary and unpaid.  They too are qualified natural therapists.  Working in and being a part of the industry at large themselves, they work to operate the association is such a way that is in the best interest of fellow practitioners (and students)
  • We have a simple application process with clearly defined categories of membership:
    • Student – Free whilst undertaking studies
    • Full – for those who have graduated at the appropriate level, whether practising or not
    • Provisional – for those holding (older) qualifications that do not meet the minimum education entry criteria, but who are undertaking current studies
    • Associate – for those that don’t hold a natural therapies qualifications but have a direct link or interest in the industry and support the views of the CMA
  • CMA has competitive membership fees, with simple a straight forward pricing structure
  • FREE access to EBSCO’s Alt Health Watch Resource Database
  • FREE access to nPod
  • Association membership with the WNF (World Naturopathic Federation)
  • Association membership with the ANF (Australian Naturopathic Federation)
  • CMA worked alongside other industry groups to form the Australian Naturopathic Council (ANC), a coordinating body representing the naturopathic profession
  • CMA worked collaboratively to create a unified voice for the complementary medicine industry in the formation OneCAM
  • We provide regular FREE member webinars
  • CMA Members receive external discounts on many seminars, events, workshops, webinars etc.
  • CMA arranges all your provider registrations and maintains all necessary fund updates on your behalf
  • Members of the CMA receive exemptions from the advertising restrictions as enacted by the TGA
  • Members are ATO recognised for GST exemption on patient consultations (where applicable)
  • Full and Provisional Members have the right to vote and hence have a direct input in the decisions of the CMA
  • Member participation and contribution is strongly encouraged
  • The CMA is a democratic organisation
  • We allow members to chose their own insurance policy, from their preferred insurer.  We don’t receive incentives or commissions for compelling members to join a specific company
  • Our Members are individuals, not numbers, as such every Member from students to long term full members, receive the utmost level of help and support at all times
  • Assurance that as a Not For Profit, your membership fees go back into the operation of the association to support and reflect the best interest of our Members
  • Where appropriate, the CMA will mediate in instances of patient complaint or dispute
  • In professional health care there is always the very real danger of becoming too specialised, too narrow in our approach, the CMA gives health professionals the opportunity to interact with others working in allied areas and thus broaden their perspectives

Historically, as complementary health care practitioners we have needed to safeguard our interests politically for both ourselves and our patients. Government actions have shown the need for political lobbying as a united group of professionals and the CMA has been and will continue to be, very active in this area.