The Australian Traditional-Medicine Society (ATMS), in collaboration with other Chinese medicine associations, has at least since May 2018, lobbied Ministers, Members of Parliament, and Public Servants in the Department of Health to gain their support for our Chinese medicine practitioners. We have now had some success.


For Chinese medicine practitioners the benefit is now being fully acknowledged as an Allied Health professional, even though Registration was achieved in July 2012. For example, this enables them to be deemed an essential health provider in some jurisdictions and to continue working during the restrictions imposed through COVID-19 lockdowns. It will also give greater access to the Department of Veteran Affairs (DVA), Chronic Disease Management (CDM), and the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Even rebates from Private Health Insurance will improve.


Chinese medicine includes Acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, and Chinese herbal medicine dispensing (though it doesn’t include Chinese massage, Tai Chi etc.).


For more information on Allied Health Professionals, please visit the Australian Government, Department of Health website:


Please ALWAYS refer to the most current advice from your State on COVID operating restrictions before you make the decision to practice.


ATMS will continue to work closely with and lobby the Australian Government on behalf of our accredited members.