What we do.

Competency of Practitioners

Competency is acquired through appropriate education and training plus adequate experience in practice, which takes years to accomplish. It is appropriate to require health professionals, including Chinese Medicine practitioners, to reach defined professional standards before they are allowed to independently treat patients.

Chinese medicine practitioners in China, for example, are required to study for 4 years (more than 4,000 hours) at universities or colleges of Chinese Medicine, with courses covering both Chinese Medicine and conventional Western medicine, which is followed by internship for 1 year in large hospitals.

Competency of practitioners means safety for clients or patients. A strong demand has come not only within the profession, but also from the increasing number of patients, for recognised means to distinguish the well trained practitioners from others.

FCMA maintains strict requirements of membership qualifications and therefore holds the highest standards in the Chinese Medicine profession. And to upgrade professional standards in the field, it holds lectures, seminars, and national or international conferences of different sizes for practitioners or interested persons or groups, which have been bringing to Australia some of the worlds best speeches/lectures in Chinese Medicine by many leading specialists from China and other parts of the world, introducing to our country the best studies and latest techniques in the field.

Accreditation

Accreditation is a very important part in the legislation of health professionals. Being involved in various teaching programs in China and Australia, including those at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University (RMIT), where Bachelor- Degree and postgraduate courses have been introduced. As Chairperson to the RMIT Course Development Committee and Management Committee in Chinese Medicine, Professor T. Chiang Lin has contributed to the design of courses of different types in Chinese Medicine for use in Australia.

Integrity

FCMA has a highly respected Code of Ethics, which is regarded as the spirit of the Federation. Members of FCMA feel proud to be represented by the Federation because of its ethical standards.

Registration of Chinese medicine

FCMA has as one of its main aims the registration of Chinese Medicine in Australia, for which Professor T. Chiang Lin the National President has arranged and personally attended many meetings between the Australian and Chinese Health Departments during the past few years. And it was after visits paid by Professor Guoben Zhu the Deputy Director -0 general of State Administration of TCM, China and Professor Huizhi Li, Secretary-General of the China Association of TCM when the decision was made for the Review Committee on the Registration of Chinese Medicine to be set up by the Victorian Health Department; report by the Committee will be received by the Australian Health Ministers Advisory Council (AHMAC) as a blue print for registration of Chinese Medicine in the whole country, Professor T. Chiang Lin is member of both the Review Committee and the Reference Group under the Committee.

Communications Bridge

FCMA has been working closely with Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) of the Federal Health Department in providing information about Chinese Medicine to the government and that about the governments regulatory requirements to the members.