It is a condition of ATMS membership that the professional conduct of members is bound by the ATMS Constitution, ATMS Code of Conduct and official ATMS policies as determined from time to time by the ATMS Executive.
A member of the public, or another practitioner, may lodge a formal complaint against a member for a breach of the ATMS Code of Conduct.
A complaint against a member is deliberated upon by the ATMS Complaints Committee. Should the complaint be upheld, a range of sanctions can be imposed depending on the severity of the misconduct. One sanction open to the Board of Directors is expulsion of the member from the Register of Members. Complaints which involve a serious
allegation may be referred to the Police or other relevant Government Agency for investigation.
The ATMS Complaints Committee publishes a yearly report of complaints in the ATMS Annual Report.
ATMS Official Policies
The following are the ATMS policies which have been determined by the ATMS Executive. All ATMS members must comply with these policies:
As the practice of natural medicine does not in any of its forms require an internal examination, any internal examination by a member, even if the patient submits, is regarded as indecent assault which is a criminal offence.
It is the ATMS policy that members do not massage the mammary glands of patients, and that only professional
techniques be applied to surrounding tissue.
Ingestion of Essential Oils
Suitably qualified practitioners may prescribe the ingestion of essential oils providing the essential oils are combined with other non-essential oil ingredients which are included for therapeutic use and product is listed or registered on the TGA ARTG. The prescribed level of essential oil should be regarded as safe. That is the level of prescribed oil should be less than the maximum levels established by the Australian National Drugs and Poisons Scheduling Committee.
Health Fund Receipts
It is ATMS policy that under no circumstances may a student, staff member or another practitioner use someone else’s
membership number for purposes of issuing receipts for health fund rebate. All information provided on a receipt must be completely true and correct.
Use of the Title ‘Doctor’
ATMS requires practitioners (who are not registered medical practitioners) who choose to adopt the title “Dr” in advertising, whether or not they hold a Doctorate or PhD, to make it clear that they do not hold a registration as a medical practitioner. In their advertising the title of “Doctor” or “Dr” will not be used, unless registered with an Australian medical registration board. In advertising they should include a reference to their health profession whenever the title is used.
Full Policy: ATMS Policy on using the title “Doctor”
Continuing Professional Education Program
It is ATMS policy that all Accredited members must fully participate in its CE program. Details of the CE program are found on the ATMS website at www.atms.com.au.
Accredited members’ CE activities are subject to a yearly audit. If audited, a member must provide satisfactory evidence that applicable Continuing Professional Education activities were undertaken.
Patient confidentiality is an essential requirement of healthcare practice. Wrongful disclosure of personal information in respect to a patient by a member of the Society, or a member of his or her staff, is a breach of the ATMS Code of Conduct and its ATMS Constitution. The Executive will give serious consideration to the termination of the membership of the Society of any member who directly or indirectly wrongly discloses such information. Members are required to abide by Privacy Law. Information to help members comply with their Privacy obligations is available on the ATMS website.
It is ATMS policy that Student members do not practise outside of supervised clinical practicum. As students are not fully qualified nor completely trained, they pose a risk to the public and therefore to the interests of the profession and the Society.
Occupational Health and Safety
It is the ATMS policy that members will comply with all the applicable Occupational Health and Safety requirements in their practice.
Telephone and Internet Consultations
The prescribing of medicines following a telephone or internet consultation, without having at least an initial faceto-face consultation with the patient, is non-professional and unethical. A correct diagnosis would not always be possible and inappropriate medicine could be prescribed resulting in harm to the patient. Consequently the practitioner would be held liable for professional negligence affecting not only the individual but the
profession at large.
Therefore the ATMS policy is that a telephone or internet consultation must not be conducted, without a prior face-to-face consultation.