Professional Associations and Registration
To ensure you are receiving the best medical care in Integrated Medicine, you should establish whether any practitioner you visit is registered with an appropriate professional body and has received adequate professional education.
All Medical Doctors MUST BE registered professionals. However, if you are looking for a doctor with an interest in Integrative Medicine there are 3 organisations with which they may be affiliated:
The Australasian Integrative Medical Association (AIMA). An association of doctors and other health professionals with a wide interest in integrating all medical approaches into integrated treatment approaches.
The Australasian College of Nutrition and Environmental Medicine (ACNEM). A training body for doctors who wish to forward their education in nutritional and environmental medicine. Doctors who are affiliated with ACNEM may identify that they do so as either a member (MACNEM) or fellow (FACNEM).
The Australian Lifestyle Medicine Association. ALMA focuses on lifestyle interventions to improve health within the framework of the Australian medical system. The association is open to all practitioners who are eligible to rebates within the Medicare Enhanced Primary Care scheme.
The following organizations are professional bodies representing other appropriate health practitioners that may contribute to an integrated model of care. Note that most of the professions have an appropriate State Registration Board and require Professional Indemnity Insurance.
Australian Physiotherapy Association www.physiotherapy.asn.au
Chiropractor’s Association of Australia www.chiropractors.asn.au
Australian Osteopathic Association www.osteopathy.com.au
Australian Association of Occupational Therapists www.ausot.com.au
Dieticians Association of Australia www.daa.asn.au
Speech Pathology Australia www.speechpathologyaustralia.org.au
Australian Psychological Society www.psychology.org.au
Two organizations dedicated to representing Complementary Health Practitioners
(naturopaths, nutritionists, homeopaths, herbalists, massage therapists etc) are:
Australian Traditional Medical Society (ATMS) www.atms.com.au
Australian Natural Therapists Association www.anta.com.au