With the aim to provide medical professionals of qualified in natural therapies, The Complementary Medicine Association (CMA) was formed in New South Wales, Australia in 1985 and became a limited company in 2000. CMA forms with a dream of highly ethical and joined association which will demolish all the rivalry exist among the earlier successful associations for many years.
The association is independent without any affiliation to Colleges, Industries or other organizations which may present a collision of interest. Inspite of having many similarities with other ‘umbrella groups’, CMA have some unique qualities which make the association more represented, ethical and democratic foundation.
- As an Australia based association, all the members get a vote to run the association.
- They have strictly maintained professional Constitution, Code of Ethics and Public Complaints system.
- Every member must obey the rules and regulations originated by the Federal Executive via a witnessed declaration at time of application.
- The association has strict educational entry qualifications. Every full time member has considered same and standard educational qualification. The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) identifies each full time member as health care professionals and consequently the imposed GST on consultations have removed.
- Every practicing members need to have Professional Indemnity Insurance, recent senior level First Aid Certificate and affiliate Continuing Practice Education (CPE).
- All members are recognized natural therapies by more than 40 national health funds and free professional advertising by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA).
They are trying so hard to establish an ethical and proficient association having of prime contact practitioners for representing to Government Health Funds and the Public so that they can obtain complete government authorization for the members and to form a professional peer group registration.
The main visions of CMA are:
- To promote, encourage, provide internship and counsel in the field of complementary and alternate medicine and its best associated treatments.
- To establish and maintain the ethical relations with all the educational organizations of the world having the same or similar ambitions.
- To provide education to the public as to what Natural Therapists do, and services who want to have the access access the natural treatments.
- To provide and maintain a professional code of ethics and support the mutual interests of the members.
- To create and pursue policies with the aim to unite the trained natural therapists of Australia and to provide them more professional image with their modalities to the society.
- To provide support to the practicing therapists in the many aspects.
- Attain full registration for them in all states.