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27 July 2023

ATMS supporting natural medicine practitioners and viable education pathways

Eight years ago, a decision was made to remove Advanced Diploma’s in Naturopathy,
Nutrition, Homeopathy and Herbal Medicine from the Vocational and Education Training
(VET) sector. The Australian Traditional-Medicine Society (ATMS) opposed the decision
at the time; however, it suited the Community Services and Health Industry Skills
Council to remove four complementary therapies from the VET sector.

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15 September 2022

Evidence base for natural medicine in Australia is already established says professional association

The Australian Traditional-Medicine Association (ATMS) welcomes the focus on Australian natural medicine, from the screening of Insight on SBS, on Tuesday, 13 September 2022.

Through an engaging discussion, there were calls from members of the audience for the establishment of an evidence base for natural medicines in Australia, particularly for Naturopathy.

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11 May 2022

Association calls for clarity on natural medicine policies prior to Australian election

Advocating on behalf of its national network of 9,000 accredited practitioners, the Australian
Traditional-Medicine Society (ATMS), has called for clarity on natural medicine policy priorities from
all major candidates prior to the next term of Government.

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31 March 2020

Clear The Confusion - One Clear Definition For Permitted Healthcare Services

There is currently widespread confusion in the massage and myotherapy industry after recent government announcements shutting down “non-essential services”.

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31 March 2020

Clear The Confusion - One Clear Definition For Permitted Healthcare Services

There is currently widespread confusion in the massage and myotherapy industry after recent government announcements shutting down “non-essential services”.

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09 April 2019

Leader of natural medicine industry welcomes Health Minister’s review of natural therapies rebate

On Sunday 7 April 2019, Federal Minister for Health, Greg Hunt, MP announced that the Government will commission a new review of natural therapy rebates.

The Australian Traditional-Medicine Society (ATMS) welcomes the review and will continue to lobby on behalf of natural medicine practitioners in Australia

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11 February 2019

Response to 60 Minutes report on Complementary Medicines

On Sunday 10 February 2019, Channel 9 aired a 60 Minutes program called ‘Trick or
Treatment’, examining extreme reactions to products not listed on the Australian Register of
Therapeutic Goods (ARTG).

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11 July 2018

ATMS Launch “HOW DARE THEY!” Campaign


The Australian Traditional-Medicine Society (ATMS) has launched the How Dare They! campaign aimed at the Federal Parliament as the Coalition Government moves to scrap the private health insurance rebate on natural therapies. 

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17 May 2018

Australians turn to natural therapies in the millions. Natural Medicine Week shines a light on Australia’s burgeoning natural therapy industry


Australians are continuing to turn to natural therapies for their preventative health and wellbeing management with research revealing over 68% of the population having used at least one complementary medicine in the last 12 months.

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2 May 2018

NTRAC Review of Rebates on Natural Therapies is
flawed according to leading natural medicine


The Australian Traditional-Medicine Society (ATMS) invites the Deputy Leader of the Opposition, Hon. Tanya Plibersek MP, and Opposition Shadow Health Minister, Hon. Catherine King MP, to have a fully informed conversation with them about the contribution of natural medicine to preventative health, and to reconsider their proposed policy regarding the removal of the GST exemption for certain natural therapies. Read More

August 2016

11-08-2016 – ATMS Response to Naturopathy story Click Here

June 2016

6-6-2016 – Natural medicine week shifts focus Click Here

May 2016

25-05-2016 – First Natural Medicine Week Provides Insight Click Here

3-05-2016 – ATMS launches first natural medicine week Click Here

April 2016

1-04-2016 – First Natural Medicine Week launched in May Click Here

July 2015

10-7-2015 – ATMS Response to Naturopathy story Click Here

17-7-2015 – ATMS submission to the Department of Health on the review of medicines and medical devices regulation Click Here

May 2015

1-5-2015 – ATMS Statement: ATMS does not condone or recognise ‘slapping therapy’ as a form of Traditional Chinese Medicine Click Here 

March 2015

13-03-2015 – ATMS responds to NHMRC statement Click Here

April 2014

 9-4-2014 – ATMS calls on Federal Government support and recognition for homeopathy Click Here

December 2013

19-12-2013 – ATMS response to proposed Australian Register of Naturopaths and Herbalists – ARONAH Click Here


November 2013

25-11-2013 – Response to the Sun Herald: “Medibank clamping down on remedial massage palours offering rebates for sex services” Click Here

22-11-2013 – Response to the ABC Radio interview with Alan Levinovitz Click Here

7-11-2013 – Response to The Friends of Science Click Here

2-11-2013 – ATMS 29th AGM Click Here


August 2013

20-8-2013 – Media Release: The Future of POP’s – ATMS Open Forum Click Here


July 2013

10-7-2013 – Media Release: ATMS signals position on TGA advertising changes Click Here

10-7-2013 – Q&A: ATMS signals position on TGA advertising changes Click Here


April 2013

9-4-2013 – Media Release – Sleep and Alzheimers Click Here


January 2013

29-1-2013 – Media Release: Asprin and Eye Health Click Here