ACONT Inc. (Established September 1990)
ACONT - the Australian Committee of Natural Therapies Inc., is a national association representing Natural, Traditional, Bioenergetic and Magnetic Therapies.
ACONT is a Schedule 1 Association listed with the TGA -Therapeutic Goods Administration, representing qualified Natural Therapies Practitioners of many different ingestive modalities. All suitably qualified Schedule 1 practitioners receive a TGA Advertising Exemption Certificate, which allows them to acquire restricted advertising material concerning Schedule 1 products, and may assist in obtaining Schedule 1 products for their clients.
Established in September 1990, for the past 20+ years ACONT has been one of Australia’s leading professional bodies representing practitioners operating within the natural health industry. ACONT offers 4 membership types; Schedule 1 Practitioner, Practitioner, Student, Corporate memberships for all Complementary Therapists, providing numerous benefits including Therapeutic Goods Association TGA - Schedule 1 Certificate of Exemption (For suitably qualified practitioners), No continued education (CE) requirements and access to Practitioner Discounted Professional Indemnity, Public Liability and Products Liability Insurance through our brokers.
ACONT is here to represent all complimentary and natural therapy practitioners whether you have gained your qualification overseas or in Australia. We will also consider membership for those who have completed short courses or hold a credible qualification in an approved modality.
Australian Committee Of Natural Therapies (ACONT) -Schedule 1
ACONT is a Schedule 1 Association listed with the Therapeutic Goods Administration TGA, representing qualified Natural Therapies Practitioners of many different ingestive modalities. These modalities include the following:
- Acupuncture (must be State Registered in Victoria)
- Ayurvedic Medicine
- Bioenergetic Medicine
- Chinese Herbal Medicine (must be State Registered in Victoria)
- Chiropractic (must be State Registered)
- Modern Dietetics & Naturpathic Nutrition
- Osteopathy (must be State Registered)
- Western Herbal Medicine
All suitably qualified Schedule 1 practitioners receive a TGA Advertising Exemption Certificate, which allows them to acquire restricted advertising material concerning Schedule 1 products, and may assist in obtaining Schedule 1 practitioner dispensing only products for their clients.
ACONT List of Benefits
- ACONT is a Schedule 1 Association listed with the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA)
- Therapeutic Goods Association TGA - Schedule 1 Certificate of Exemption. Used for purchasing practitioner dispensing only products and advertising (For suitably qualified practitioners).
- Membership for many modalities
- No continued education (CE) requirements or points system
- Overseas qualifications considered for membership
- New and emerging modalities recognised
- Membership from only $50 pa (Student)
- Practitioner Discounted Insurance.
- ACONT Code of Ethics & Objectives
- Member Referral bonuses
ACONT Approved Modalities
ACONT Membership is geared towards all Complementary Therapists including:
Practitioners of Naturopathy, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Ayurvedic Medicine, Bioenergetic Medicine, Homoeopathy, Acupuncture, Acupressure, Naturpathic Nutrition, Herbal Medicine. and many more..
* For a full list of the modalities we cover click here
ACONT Medical Therapy Device Branch (AMTDB)
The Magnetic Therapists Association of Australia (MTAA) was absorbed into ACONT in 1996. During 1997 ACONT expanded, forming a new branch called ACONT Magnetic Therapist Branch (AMTB) and in 1999 further expanded to embrace Bioenergetic Medicine, which now is combined as the ACONT Medical Therapy Devices Branch (AMTDB).
The AMTDB is a Non-Schedule 1 branch (non-ingestive qualifications), specifically for members who have a special interest in Bioenergetic Medicine and Magnetic Therapies and other small devices. We encompass members who are Practitioners who use these modalities in their clinics, those who Manufacture and/or sell related products in their businesses, and those who are either studying, or simply interested in these therapies.
The Natural Healthcare Alliance Inc (NHCA)
The NHCA was formed early 2003 to represent the whole Natural Health Care Industry as a single contact point to the media, regulators (TGA, ACCC, etc), and Government departments. This is now a voice for the manufacturing and supply industry, practitioners and consumers, regarding supplements and devices in the Complementary Medicine profession. ACONT is a founding member of the NHCA and regularly attend meetings in Sydney.
ACONT Devices Council (ADC)
ACONT Devices Council (ADC) was officially formed in January 2004 when it was obvious that there was not a credible 'small devices industry body' in Australia to represent complementary medical devices to the TGA and government authorities.
Federation of Natural and Traditional Therapists Ltd (FNTT)
ACONT is a member of the Federation of Natural and Traditional Therapists Ltd (FNTT). The FNTT is the main umbrella organisation for associations of Natural and Traditional Health Therapists in Australia. Recently the FNTT has achieved a GST Registration Number which ACONT Practitioners who qualify can access.
Competency-Based Standards (CBS)
ACONT recognises the importance of Competency-Based Standards (CBS), and has helped in the development of several CBS for the professions of the Natural and Traditional Therapies through membership of the FNTT. The importance of the CBS are to ensure that any Natural Therapist, whatever the education pursued, can competently do what they say they do, whether that be Naturopathy, Homoeopathy, Bioenergetic, Herbal Medicine and Magnetic, or Remedial Therapies, etc. For further information on CBS contact the ACONT office.