The Accreditation Committee started to assess and accredit education providers and programs under the National Law in 2015. The National Law requires the Committee to assess an education provider and program against the Accreditation standards; Chinese medicine (accreditation standards) and decide whether or not to accredit the relevant program. If the assessment finds the accreditation standards are substantially met, the Committee may impose conditions on the accreditation to enable the education provider and program to meet the outstanding standards in a reasonable time.
The Accreditation Committee has accredited the following programs with the imposition of conditions.
- Endeavour College of Natural Health Bachelor of Health Science (Acupuncture)
- RMIT University Bachelor of Health Science/Bachelor of Applied Science (Chinese Medicine)
- RMIT University Master of Applied Science (Acupuncture)
- RMIT University Master of Applied Science (Chinese Herbal Medicine)
- Sydney Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine Bachelor of Traditional Chinese Medicine
- Think: Colleges Pty Ltd trading as Southern School of Natural Therapies Bachelor of Health Science (Chinese Medicine)
The Accreditation Committee is currently assessing the following program.
- Western Sydney University Bachelor of Traditional Chinese Medicine
The Accreditation Committee expects to start to assess the following programs in 2017.
- University of Technology Sydney Bachelor of Health Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine/Bachelor of Arts in International Studies
- University of Technology Sydney Bachelor of Health Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine
The Committee provides a report on each accreditation decision to the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia (the National Board) and the National Board decides whether or not to approve the accredited program as providing a qualification suitable for registration. A list of National Board approved programs is published on the Approved programs of study page on the AHPRA website.
Western Sydney University’s Bachelor of Health Science-Master of Traditional Chinese Medicine transitioned as National Board approved when Chinese medicine joined the national registration and accreditation scheme in July 2012. If an education provider is no longer accepting new enrolments to a program that transitioned as National Board approved, it is referred to as being “in teach out”. Western Sydney University has advised that they will not be applying for assessment of this program because it is in teach out, it is therefore not included in the Accreditation Committee’s schedule above.