ASSOCIATION

Background and History

Established on the 1st January 1995, the association, originally titled the Australian National Acupuncturists Association (ANAA), was originally set up to address many of the problems facing Acupuncturists and Chinese Herbal Medicine Practitioners (i.e.. lack of representation, questions re: educational standards, association politics etc. Issues).

In addition, the association was concerned with helping educate the public in having a deeper understanding of TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) – a major aim which the association is still pursuing to this day.

Furthermore, over the last few years, our association has submitted many reports and proposals to both Stage and Federal Governments

  1. The discussion paper on changes to the QLD State Skin Penetration Act
  2. The discussion paper on changes to the QLD State Health Act
  3. Various Acupuncture Association proposals re: National Education Standards
  4. Research papers into various health issues (i.e.. diabetes, osteoporosis, etc.), to name a few


Today, A.N.A.C.H.A. is a not-for-profit association, dedicated to charitable activities, which is open for all Acupuncturists and Chinese Herbalists to apply, regardless of state or territory. All applications are welcome.

Purpose

  • To provide an information and supportive network for practitioners of acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and TCM.
  • To promulgate and uphold the standards of acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and TCM education standards of practice and professional ethics
  • To promote equitable statutes and regulations relating to acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and TCM
  • To offer support and guidance to students of acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and TCM and their respective training programs and research
  • To provide a forum for the sharing of knowledge in the field of acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, TCM and related disciplines
  • To educate the general public and heath care professions regarding the nature and scope of acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and TCM
  • Such other activities of a charitable and scientific nature related to Oriental medicine as may benefit the knowledge and well-being of the people

Qualifications and Education Information 
(Including Overseas)

Organization’s qualifications and educational standard for acupuncture, herbal medicine.

ANACHA Ltd minimum qualifications and education standards for recent graduates (April 2004) wishing to apply for membership to the association under the categories of Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine. 

 AcupunctureHerbal Medicine
QualificationAdvanced DiplomaAdvanced Diploma
Educational StandardYears and Hours corresponding to current industry accepted standard*Years and Hours corresponding to current industry accepted standard*
Other RequirementsAssociation approved training organization**Association approved training organization**
*As defined by respective State Government training and educational standards organizations involved with the Industry.
**The Associations recognizes all State Government approved training organizations but is not limited to or restricted by the decisions of these organizations. In addition each applicant is judged on his / her own individual merits as well as qualifications. Where there is any contention regarding the Association’s decisions, an applicant my be required to site a series of examinations (equal to that set by the Victorian Chinese Medical Registration Board).
Organizations qualifications and students for grand parenting Provisions Applicants

All grand parenting Provisions applicants are required to have the following minimum standards, regardless of years of experience.

 AcupunctureHerbal Medicine
QualificationDiplomaDiploma
Educational Standard2 years (1000 hours+)2 years (1000 hours+)

Additional Requirements

  • Copies of qualifications i.e. JP Certified photocopies.
  • Course outlines, including subjects and related hours.
  • Results of subjects, if available
  • Copies of lecture notes, etc
  • Applications may also be required to provide non-identifible case studies to prove compentancy and expierence.

N.B.

1. All graduates must hold qualifications bestowed prior to April 2004 to be classified under Grand parenting Provisions.

2. Qualifications are to be of Diploma Level or equivalent, given the accepted levels at the time the Applicant underwent his/her studies.

3. Number of years practice and good record to be taken into consideration by Association Board or Assessment Team

4. For further details regarding process for assessing Grand parenting Provision qualifications, examination options, and rights of appeal or complaints refer to Guidelines for the Approval of Applicants of Chinese Medicine as a Qualification for Membership – 2004

Organization’s qualification & students for Overseas Graduates.

A. Overseas Graduates graduated prior to April 2004, qualifications and education standard level or acupuncture & herbal medicine as the same as Grand Parenting Levels.

 AcupunctureHerbal Medicine
QualificationDiplomaDiploma
Educational Standard2 years (1000 hours+)2 years (1000 hours+)

B. Overseas graduates graduated post April 2004, qualifications and education standard level for acupuncture and herbal medicine same as post April 2004 australian graduate levels.

 AcupunctureHerbal Medicine
QualificationAdvanced DiplomaAdvanced Diploma
Educational StandardYears and Hours corresponding to current industry standardYears and Hours corresponding to current industry standard
Other RequirementsOriginating country national or state approved training organization. (where applicable)*Originating country national or state approved training organization. (where applicable)*

* Qualifications should be of equivalent length and standard as present Australian standard. 

Additional Requirements ( For both A and B)

  • Copies of overseas qualifications i.e. JP Certified photocopies, including English translations (performed by Government recognized translation service)
  • Additional evidence e.g. independent Government recognized certifying body to validate qualifications.
  • Course outlines, including subjects and related hours
  • Results of subjects, if available
  • Copies of lectures notes, etc.
  • Applications may also be required to provide non-identifible case studies to prove compentancy and expierence.

N.B.

For further details regarding process for assessing Grand parenting Provision qualifications, examination options, and rights of appeal or complaints refer to Guidelines for the Approval of Applicants of Chinese Medicine as a Qualification for Membership – 2004

Insurance

Current professional indemnity insurance with a recognized insurance company (in Australia or brokered in Australia) in the case of practicing members. In addition, member needs to provide photocopy evidence of policy.

  • Minimum value of PI cover for acupuncture and/or herbal medicine
Acupuncture$2 million4 million aggregate
Herbal Medicine$2 million4 million aggregate
NaturopathyN/AN/A

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