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What are the benefits of natural medicine?

Natural medicine has many benefits, not just for users but also the general public. Because natural medicines involves a wide range of modalities, there is also a wide range of benefits that each modality can offer. Learn more about the different types of Natural Medicine.

From an Australian healthcare perspective, incorporating natural medicine into our health system is a cost effective and clinically effective strategy that helps resolve the issues of cost, access, and quality.

How does natural medicine work with Health Funds?

As a consumer, if you use recognised natural medicine medicine, you may be able to claim treatment under your private Health Fund depending on your provider and policy. To learn more, contact your provider.

As a practitioner, ATMS is a ‘professional organisation’ within the meaning of section 10 of the Private Health Insurance (Accreditation) Rules 2008. This potentially allows ATMS accredited members to be recognised as approved providers by the various private health funds. Approved health fund provider status is, however, subject to each individual health fund’s requirements. If you’re a practitioner, learn more about Health Funds.

How can natural medicine and modern or conventional medicine work together?

The Australian Traditional-Medicine Society (ATMS) believes that natural medicine works as a complementary option to modern medicine. It has been shown that better results for patients occur when natural medicine is used in conjunction with modern medicine.

How do I know if my natural medicine practitioner is qualified?

To ensure you are consulting with a qualified natural medicine practitioner, always check that they are accredited with a professional industry association, like the Australian Traditional-Medicine Society (ATMS). Before approval as a member, every ATMS practitioner is individually assessed to ensure the high standards of ATMS are satisfied.

ATMS is committed to establishing and maintaining high professional standards across natural medicine modalities, for the protection and benefit of consumers and the advancement of the industry.

How do I choose which modality is right for me?

Consultation with a qualified natural medicine practitioner is one place to start. We also encourage you to research the different natural medicine modalities accredited by ATMS based on your personal likes and dislikes. The Natural Medicine Explained page can assist you to locate the most appropriate modality for you and your concerns, and to take the first step along the path towards holistic natural medicine treatment.

How do I find a practitioner for my needs?

If you have decided on a modality that is right for you, go to Find a Practitioner to find a qualified, trusted natural medicine practitioner near you. To safeguard the public, every ATMS practitioner is individually assessed to ensure the high standards of ATMS are satisfied before becoming accredited.

I'm interested in becoming a natural medicine practitioner. Where do I start?

Congratulations on the first step in your journey to helping people via natural medicine! In order to become an Accredited ATMS Member, you first need to secure the correct qualifications for your modality/modalities of choice, which you can do by using the ATMS natural medicine college locator. Find a College now.

Once you have qualifications that are accredited by ATMS, or if you are a student enrolled in an accredited educational program, you may be eligible for ATMS membership and can apply following the procedure outlined here.

ATMS offers three categories of membership:

  • Accredited Membership – This is the practitioner category of membership.
  • Student membership (FREE) – This category is for students studying ATMS accredited courses. It is not suitable for practitioners as it does not offer all the benefits a member in practice requires.
  • Associate membership – This category if for anyone interested in natural medicine. Again is not suitable for practitioners as it does not offer all the benefits a member in practice requires.
Is natural medicine expensive?

The idea that natural medicine is expensive is a myth. In many cases, natural medicine is actually a better value proposition. This is because it focuses on preventative methods of treatment to maintain overall health and wellbeing, which in the long term can save you money on hospital medical costs.

Many modalities are also covered by private health insurance which means that you can claim costs – dependent on your individual policy. For more information visit our Health Insurance page.

What do you mean by modality?

A modality is the industry term to describe the various models of natural therapy. For example, remedial massage is one modality, while naturopathy is another.

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Health funds and natural medicine

Some health funds in Australia will provide insurance rebates when you choose to be treated by a recognised and accredited member of the Australian Traditional-Medicine Society.

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