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General Codes of Ethics

Suggestion and Guidelines ... Code of Ethics and Scope of Practice.

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"Equal representation for the Natural and Medical Systems"

NOTE: It is highly recommended that Australian Natural Therapists voluntarily adopt this Pro-Active Code of Ethics/Conduct.


Code of Ethics - Scope of Practice

The Code which needs to be adopted is the Code for Unregistered Health Practitioners, with further additional Pre-active Codes, specifc for Natural Therapists.

Association Codes available at present:

  1. Individual State "Code of Conduct" for Unregistered Health Practitioners
    Health - NSW Gov : Code - Regulation - very important guidelines.

  2. ANTA - - Code of Professional Ethics - 12 pages, includes: advertising codes. ( PDF

  3. ANPA- Australian Naturopathic Practitioners Association - Code of Ethics - 1 page - includes : Practitioners must never claim to "cure".
    Advertising Codes .. A practitioner shall not advertise or lay claim to secret or exclusive methods of treatment.

  4. Aronah - Australian Register of Naturopaths and Herbalists - Code of Conduct - 26 pages ]

  5. ATMS - Australian Traditional-Medicine Society - Code of Conduct - 6 pages .. includes: Advertising Code : must not : Make claims of treatment that cannot be substantiated, make claims of cure, use the title of Doctor.

  6. NHAA- National Herbalists Association of Australia - Code of Ethics - 13 pages - includes: The practitioner shall be primarily concerned with the health care and safety of the patient and not be influenced by motives of profit. -

  7. AAMT - Australian Association Of Massage Therapists - Code of Ethics - 4 pages - very good practice guidelines for massage practitioners, all main topics of possible problems addresses, including; Draping Policy

  8. AHA - Australian Homeopathic Association - Code of professional Conduct - 9 pages - includes: Adverting codes: Not claiming superior competency or implying cure of any named disease and not offering guarantees of a particular outcome as an inducement.
    AHA has it's own "Registration Board - AROH: with a Code of Professional Conduct -
    The purpose of the Register
    is to protect the public by accrediting only practitioners who meet these standards.

  9. CMA - The Complementary Medicine Association - Code of Ethics & By-Laws - 11 Pages -

  10. cma- Complementary Medicines Australia - Codes of Practice CMA Marketing & Supply Code of Practice: Complementary Medicines - 50 pages

Codes for Comparison - Medical Codes:

  1. Medicine Australia - Code of Conduct - 98 pages ... very comprehensive ...

  2. AMA - Australian Medical Association - Code of Ethics - 1 long web-page .. including > Recognise your professional limitations and be prepared to refer as appropriate.


Colleges - Codes

  1. Endeavour - College of Natural Health - Contacted - waiting for Code of Ethics

  2. AIAS - Endeavour College of Natural Health - Contacted - waiting for Code of Ethics


Recommending a universal Code: "Code of Ethics/Conduct - Natural Therapy":

This code specifies critical ethical principles to guide Natural Therapists in their aim of providing health care.

Preamble: A qualified accredited Naturopath is "providing preventative and supportive health care", which are strictly "non-invasive and drug free".

Naturopathy is not competing or interfering with or against General Medical Practitioners.

  1. A Natural Therapist is NOT using medical diagnosis for the purpose of naming a disease state.
    NOTE:
    Naturopathic diagnosis is holistic in nature and used as a tool to efficiently recommend supportive treatment to enable a patient's system to heal itself.

  2. Natural Therapists do not treat "Diseases", they support a patient's ability to heal themselves.

  3. Natural Therapists do NOT treat notifiable conditions, and they do not "treat cancer".

  4. A Natural Therapist is NOT exploiting a patient for any reason.
    The prescribing of therapeutic like agents/products are strictly for the aid of the patient and not profit motivated.

  5. A Natural Therapist is NOT making any Therapeutic or Cure claims.

  6. Ensure that your patient is aware of your fees where possible. Encourage open discussion of health care costs.

useNature's recommended code: Code of Ethics/Conduct


Recommendations :

  1. Adhere to the universal Code of Ethics for Unregistered Health Practitioners.( Indivdual requirments should be aded)

  2. Codes should be taught at training facilities, ( Colleges - Universities) and included in examination questions.

  3. Practitioners, once accredited, need to add the Code of Ethics to their web-sites and strictly adhere to thoses codes.

  4. Read and apply the Code of Ethics/Conduct

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