News (2012).

FCMA has sent a submission to Chinese Medicine Board of Australia (CMBA) for the Infection Control Guidelines for acupuncture practice in Australia on 4 October 2012

15th December 12

The FCMA is committed to maintain the highest standards of professional performance including risk management, for the sake of public safety. There is the potential risk of infection through skin penetration in the practice of acupuncture and acupuncturists should be informed and guided by proper guidelines. The FCMA supports the use of the Australian guidelines for the prevention and control of infection in healthcare (Australian Guidelines) to inform the development of specific guidelines for infection prevention and control for registered or endorsed acupuncturists.

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Special Presentation: Professional Issues for Registered Chinese Medicine Practitioners after 1st July 2012

7th August 12

1 July 2012 heralds a new era in the history of Chinese medicine development in Australia, with the commencement of statutory registration of Chinese medicine practitioners. From this day forth, only those whose credentials meet the required standards will be registered and allowed to practice legally. Furthermore registered Chinese medicine practitioners are required to practice under the legislative framework in Australia. As registered Chinese medicine practitioners, we should strive to observe the law and conscientiously fulfill our obligations and responsibilities whilst exercising caution in the use of our powers. To help members better understand the Codes of conduct and guidelines with which they must comply after registration, NSWACM, in association with the FCMA, is organising an special presentation on Sunday 29 July 2012 at Auburn RSL Club Sydney NSW. This is a very important event and we urge all members to participate. All non-members are welcome.

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Frequently Asked Questions about the Rebate of Consultation Fees from Private Health Insurers

13th July 12

The FCMA has released frequently asked questions about the rebate of consultation fees from private health insurers after 1 July 2012 when the national Chinese medicine registration is in place.

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Frequently asked questions to members of FCMA issued by Chinese Medicine Board of Australia (CMBA)

6th July 12

What is the Federation of Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture Societies Ltd (FCMA) doing for its members? While there are some aspects of the National Law that we do not agree with, our priority right now is helping members get registered. I have received a request for further information or documents but I cannot produce them in the time required – what should I do? AHPRA is setting short time-frames in an effort to get you registered on time. Try to do things quickly. If you cannot meet the deadline AHPRA has given you to provide additional information but your application is otherwise complete, you will receive limited registration on 1 July until your documents can be assessed. This will mean that you may continue to practise.

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AHPRA Advisory Notice For Employers

15th June 12

As you will be aware. from 1 July 2012 practitioners in these professins join the health professions already regulated nationally under the National Regulation and Accreditation Scheme (the National Scheme)

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Reminders from FCMA for its members after registration

27th May 12

The Secretariat of FCMA wishes to remind members: after 1st July 2012, we will be subject to the regulatory law of the Health Practitioners Regulation National Law Act 2009 (in the following called "National law"). So be sure to pay proper attention to the following aspects:

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The FCMA has released Newsletter May 2012.

27th May 12

Since January, the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia (CMBA) has been responsible for publishing the standards for registration with the CMBA. Professor Tzi Chiang Lin represented the FCMA in communicating concerns about the English Language Skills Registration Standard to the Federal government, State officials at different levels and Members of Parliament. He expressed dissatisfaction with the discrimination against applicants applying under the Grand-parenting arrangements on the basis of the English Language requirements.

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