The NZNMA (New Zealand Natural Medicine Association) was established in the early 1990s as a professional, non-profit organization of health professionals dedicated to the promotion of integrative healthcare incorporating Allopathic Complementary and Alternative Healthcare.
The aims of the association include research and education in all aspects of nutritional and environmental medicine as they pertain to the preservation of health and prevention of disease, providing treatment options to optimise health in the community.
The NZNMA is independent of all governments, government agencies and other organisations and relies solely on membership fees for funding.
Associate membership is available to registered health providers with tertiary degrees, such as pharmacists, chiropractors, psychologists and registered nurses.
NZNMA also convenes public meetings at which medical nutritional experts speak on different aspects of nutritional medicine.
A practitioner referral service is provided on this site. Those unable to access the Internet may call the Secretary to be placed in touch with an appropriate health practitioner in their locality. This service is available throughout New Zealand.
Natural Health Sciences
is defined as the study of the interactions of both nutritional and environmental factors with human physiology, biochemistry, pathology and anatomy and the clinical application of these interactions in the optimisation of health and the prevention and treatment of disease. This may involve the removal of certain foods or chemicals from the patient's environment, the use of rotation diets and the provision of vitamins, minerals, trace elements and essential fatty acids or other nutritional supplements. Excesses or deficiencies of any nutrient or the presence of basic chemicals or electromagnetic radiation results in cellular dysfunction and illness.
The NZNMA is governed by the Executive Management Committee who control the management of the administration of the affairs, property and funds of the society, and have the authority to interpret the meaning of the rules of the society and any matter relating to the Society.
The NZNMA Mission Statement
To facilitate the integration of and promote harmonious relationships with Allopathic, Complementary and Alternative HealthCare modalities in New Zealand .
To advance high quality education standards, research and peer review in an integrated medical model.
To promote high ethical standards of practice and professionalism within the HealthCare sector
To communicate, foster and promote the benefits of Complementary and Alternative Medicine/Integrative Medicine
To act and promote NZNMA’s goals without being aligned to any one political persuasion or party.
To foster and encourage applied research and educational development into the causes, prevention and cure of disease; based on complementary and alternative medicine/integrated medical science.
To promote the understanding and development of Complementary and Alternative Medicine by conducting educational activities such as conferences, seminars and workshops among the HealthCare community and the lay public.
To establish and provide a Complementary and Alternative Medicine library, for the use of members.
To produce NZNMA publications.
To liaise with other organisations, bodies and individuals, having similar objectives and interests both within New Zealand and overseas.
Levels of Membership
These have been updated, after being accepted at the NZNMA AGM, June 2006
Full Professional Membership (Professional Qualifications)
Full Membership of the NZNMA is open to all Natural Health Practitioners or other health professionals who hold a degree or its deemed equivalent, a minimum of 2 diplomas, or who has qualifications and training which are acceptable to the Executive Management Committee. You need to have been in full clinical practice for a minimum of five years and have undertaken recognised courses of training in the Health science subjects, e.g. anatomy, physiology, biochemistry & nutrition and be proficient in recognised diagnostic technique/s approved by the association.
Associate Membership (Professional Qualifications)
Associate membership of the NZNMA is open to someone who is a natural health practitioner, acceptable to the society. The new member must hold a minimum of a single diploma level qualification. This category is open to new graduates.
Voting rights apply for associate members; however they cannot hold executive office positions within the association.
Student Membership (Without Professional Qualifications) – not accredited
Student membership of the NZNMA is open to a person who is enrolled in a course of study in Health Sciences, at an approved teaching establishment or other establishment approved by the association.
Honorary Membership (Not accredited)
Where in the opinion of the Executive Management Committee a member has made some outstanding contribution to the society and has been so unanimously recommended by the Executive Management Committee, the Member may be elected at any General meeting as an Honorary Member of the Society. This category is open to persons who hold any Masters Degree or Doctorate issued from a recognised University, Academy, School or Institute not necessarily being in subjects of Natural Health Sciences. A person may be admitted to honorary membership without accreditation as a Natural Health Practitioner
The NZNMA requires ALL members to complete a minimum of 20 hours per year of continued education. Proof of this, in the way of photocopies of “Certificate of Attendance”, is to be provided to the NZNMA at the beginning of each financial year (1st April) when subscriptions are paid.
Once you have been accepted as a member of the NZNMA, you may also want to consider sending in an application to join Natural Health Practitioners of New Zealand "the charter" (previously called The New Zealand Charter of Health Practitioners) Once you become a financial member of the charter, you may choose to pay for professional indemnity insurance, to practice in the modalities you are registered in.
NOTE TO ALL APPLICANTS
Only applicants who are NZ residents and in active practice in New Zealand can be listed in the NZNMA register as being in ACTIVE PRACTICE. Overseas applicants who comply with the minimum requirements for NZNMA membership will be listed as members who are not in ACTIVE PRACTICE in New Zealand.
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