Homeopathy has come up the ranks in recent years with qualification standards and so it should.
It started out at a TAFE diploma level to Advanced Diploma Level at Independent colleges. In some countries – like India, all homeopathic practitioners are at a GP medical standard, so they are Doctors.
Currently, in Australia, the laws have recently changed and as from January this year, all Homeopathic study will be at a University Bachelor level.
I was very fortunate to have completed outstanding education at Advanced Diploma Level, however, our college administration predicted these changes and our education was at a bachelor level so that we could segway into certain universities that recognised our studies.
My studies went for a period of 4 – 5 years (combination of full/part-time) and there was no government assistance. My diploma came at an investment in excess of $25,000.00 out of pocket.
With a combined education of nursing, massage and naturopathic studies, plus my homeopathic studies, I felt confident to commence private practice. Each year I attend numerous workshops, seminars, webinars and conferences to maintain my learning and keeping up to speed with new information. The learning never stops – good thing I love it!
In order to practice in Australia, you need to be registered with various governing bodies. This protects you – the client and the Practitioner. It also sets a standard that is required to be upheld and maintained.
This means we are governed by one or several associations which keep us accountable to the laws and standards of practice, which is ever evolving. This also means you can register as a provider with the private health funds. There is much time, effort and money involved in maintaining these standards on a yearly basis – no different to that of a GP. Currently, I am registered with the Australian Register of Homeopaths (AROH), the Australian Homeopathic Association (AHA) and the Australian Natural Therapies Association (ANTA).
These associations work tirelessly – mostly on very limited resources and volunteers to protect and support not just the Natural Therapy Industry but also protect the general public. They are also the political interface between us and government bodies.
Our practice is governed by many laws including privacy and confidentiality, Workplace Health & Safety and accountable record keeping. We are also governed by strict marketing/advertising laws.
All these assists in maintaining accountability as a Practitioner and ensuring Professional Standards are always met. And so it should be!
Disclaimer: Homoeopathy is a traditional medicine. It may be used in conjunction with other medicines. For any ongoing chronic condition, it is important to be assessed or examined by your healthcare professional or specialist. Always seek medical advice in emergencies.