Posted On : 12 May, 2020
If you are into natural medicine, you may want to explore Ayurveda, but, you may have a question, like “Is Ayurveda Recognised in Australia?”, we are here to answer.
Ayurveda is recognised in Australia as a Complementary Health Medicine. Ayurveda or Ayurvedic medicine originated from India around 5000 years ago. It mainly offers natural treatments.
Ayurvedic Practitioners in Australia are mostly registered with Australasian Association of Ayurveda, also known as AAA. Ayurveda came into existence in Australia in 1988, with the formation of AAA. Today AAA has the largest number of Ayurvedic Practitioners registered in Australia. There are over 120 Ayurvedic Practitioner registered with AAA and Melbourne alone has over 40 Ayurveda practitioners.
There are other Registered Associations that recognise and register Ayurvedic Practitioners such as Australasian Ayurvedic Practitioner Association (AAPA) and Australian Natural Therapists Association (ANTA). An Ayurvedic Practitioner Registered with any of these associations enjoys the professional indemnity insurance and public liability insurance. These standard requirements for an Australian Ayurvedic Practitioner help keep Australians safe by ensuring the high standards of Ayurvedic practices are maintained by All Ayurvedic Practitioners.
Till April 2019 Ayurvedic Practitioner could offer the Private Health Fund Rebates as Naturopath, but unfortunately all the natural pathies were taken out of the Private Health rebate scheme after April 2019. We hope it to return soon in the future, as more and more Australians choose natural and complementary medicine as their treatment of choice.
Ayurvedic Practitioners are also governed by a Constitution and Professional Code of Conduct and Ethics for Non- Registered Health Practitioners in Australia. Non-Registered Health Practitioner includes the Health Practitioners who are not registered with Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Mainstream Medical Doctors, Nurse and Pharmacists etc. are registered with AHPRA.
Ayurvedic practitioners include following:
1. Ayurvedic Doctor: An Ayurvedic Doctor hold a Bachelor or above qualification in Ayurvedic Medicine. This qualification is mainly offered in India and srilanka and known as Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery or BAMS. It is usually a six years full time University study. This qualification should not be confused with a Medical Doctor in Australia. Ayurvedic Doctors are recognised as Naturopaths in Australia by the Vetassess Governing body. An Ayurvedic Doctor is qualified to make Ayurvedic diagnosis, based on various Ayurvedic principles including Ayurvedic body type and dosa imbalance in the client, considering various other factors. Ayurvedic Doctor can offer all components of Ayurvedic Treatment including, Diet and Lifestyle recommendations, single or compound Ayurvedic Medicine Herbal Products, Yoga, meditation, various Ayurvedic therapies including massage, shirodahra etc and Panchakrma detox program.
2. Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant: This Qualification is offered in Australia by various Registered Training Providers at various TAFEs. There are two qualifications offered in Australia’s namely Diploma and Advanced Diploma. Ayurvedic Lifestyle consultant can offer various Ayurveda based Lifestyle and diet recommendation, including yoga, meditation and may offer single herb Ayurvedic medicinal preparations to their clients based on their level of qualification. They can also offer various Ayurveda therapies including massage, shirodhara etc.
Ayurvedic medicine is a very vast area of natural medicine. Classic Ayurvedic medicine is mainly plant based, but may sometimes contain processed heavy metals and animal products.
Australians should find a relief in knowing that Ayurvedic Medicine in Australia is strictly monitored by various legal authorities including TGA Act 1989. These authorities ensure that only plant based Ayurvedic medicines with some exceptions (milk and milk products and bee wax and bee honey etc.) are prescribed in Australia.
One should be very mindful about the source where they buy their Ayurvedic Medicines. As a Registered Ayurvedic Practitioner would only prescribe what is legislatively advised in Australia. But you may still find various Ayurvedic Medicines being sold in various Indian Grocery stores or some other retail shops or even online. This type of Ayurvedic Medicine may not have passed the strict Australian legal requirements including correct import Licensing for Ayurvedic Medicine in Australia, quarantine measures and custom clearance in Australian Border security to protect Australian natural Flora and Fauna.
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