Professional Associations Directory
The Australian Medical Association (AMA) is the peak membership organisation representing the registered medical practitioners (doctors) and medical students of Australia.
The AMA promotes and protects the professional interests of doctors and the health care needs of patients and communities.
The AMA advocates on behalf of its members and the community at the Federal and State and Territory levels by:
- working with governments to maintain and increase provision of world class medical care to all Australians;
- tracking and reporting government performance on health policy, financing, services and programs;
- challenging governments on policy that potentially harms the interests of patients;
- providing informed and authoritative expert medical commentary on health issues in the media, political debate, and public forums;
- leading the health policy debate by developing and promoting alternative policies to those government policies that the AMA considers poorly targeted or ill-informed; responding to issues in the health debate through the provision of a wide range of expert resources; and commissioning and conducting research on health issues.
The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) is the peak body representing the interests of Australian physiotherapists and their patients. The APA is a national organisation with non-autonomous state and territory branches and specialty subgroups.
The APA corporate structure is one of a company limited by guarantee. The organisation has more than 14000 members and over 300 members in volunteer positions on committees or working parties. The APA is governed by a Board of Directors elected by representatives of all stakeholder groups within the Association.
The APA is committed to the concept of continuing professional education. The APA offers members advanced training and the possibility of collegial support from physiotherapists working in a similar area through its 14 national groups.
The APA signifies a standard of professional and ethical behaviour over and above the requirements of registration. The APA has developed a strategic plan to steer its direction over the next few years.
The plan is strongly focused on providing opportunities for members through professional excellence and career success.
The APA is a member of the World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT).
AHPRA’s operations are governed by the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law, as in force in each state and territory (the National Law), which came into effect on 1 July 2010. This law means that for the first time in Australia, 14 health professions are regulated by nationally consistent legislation under the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme.
AHPRA supports the 14 National Boards that are responsible for regulating the health professions. The primary role of the National Boards is to protect the public and they set standards and policies that all registered health practitioners must meet. Each National Board has entered into a health profession agreement with AHPRA which sets out the fees payable by health practitioners, the annual budget of the National Board and the services provided by AHPRA.
The Chiropractors’ Association of Australia (National) Limited (CAA) is the peak body representing chiropractors.
An underlying principle of chiropractic is “healthy spine, healthier life”. By offering expert drug-free spinal health care and lifestyle advice, chiropractors help Australians lead and maintain healthy lives.
With over 2,600 members, the CAA is the largest chiropractic health body in Australia, and coordinates its efforts with its 8 autonomous CAA state & territory organisations.
The Chiropractic and Osteopathic College of Australasia is a non-profit, member-based organisation that provides high quality continuing education to its members.
Membership is open to registered Chiropractors, Osteopaths and related health care practitioners as well as students of Chiropractic or Osteopathy who are enrolled in an approved Australian educational institution. Corporate membership is also available.
COCA aims to assist all members of the chiropractic, osteopathic and related health professions to engage with best practice health care methods and to develop the skills required to practice competently.
COCA seeks ethical practitioners who value research, Continuing Professional Development, Evidence Based Practice and inter-professional cooperation in order to improve community health through quality care.
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Exercise scientists are 3 or 4 year (or equivalent) university trained exercise and sports science/ human movement studies graduates. They specialise in the design, implementation and evaluation of exercise and physical activity. They provide intervention for improving general health, prevention of chronic diseases, and sports performance enhancement.
Exercise physiologists are 4-year university qualified allied health professionals who specialise in the delivery of exercise, lifestyle and behavioural modification programs for the prevention and management of chronic diseases and injuries. EPs provide physical activity and behaviour change support for clients with conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, depressions, cancer, arthritis, COPD and many more.
ESSA provides the national accreditation program for exercise physiologists. Accredited exercise physiologists (AEPs) are recognised as allied health professionals and are eligible to register with Medicare Australia, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, WorkCover and have recognition among a number of health insurers.
Osteopathy Australia is acknowledged by government and stakeholders as the peak representative body for all Australian Osteopaths.
Osteopathy’s role in primary health and multidisciplinary care is recognised; and Osteopathy will continue to develop and strengthen as the manual healthcare of choice for all Australians. We support and expect continuing high quality university based education for graduates.
We will be the provider of choice for professional development; with core practice standards as a platform for an Osteopath’s professional journey and increasing diverse career opportunities.