What we do

The principal focus of FCMA is support for its members and advocacy for the profession of Chinese medicine. To that end, it provides regular seminars in both the clinical and professional aspects of Chinese medicine, and has aligned its policies with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act 2009 (the National Law) and with the registration standards and guidelines of the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia (CMBA).

In the legislative and regulatory sphere, FCMA makes representations to the government and to regulatory agencies on behalf of all Australian practitioners in order to improve the status of Chinese medicine. This work is undertaken by its dedicated Communications and Policy Committee which prepares multiple letters and submissions each year, addressing the concerns of the profession.

FCMA also engages with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia (CMBA) through the Professions Reference Group (PRG) consisting of representatives from all 15 registered professions, and through the Chinese Medicine Reference Group (CMRG) where practitioner representatives, legal representatives and community representatives meet to discuss proposals or other issues facing the profession and the community, in order to find sound policies that support both practitioners and consumers (doctors and their patients).