This page provides answers to frequently asked questions about accreditation.
Accreditation is the process of assessing educational programs of study and the education providers that provide those programs to ensure that the provider and program produce graduates who have the knowledge, skills and professional attributes to competently practise in the profession.
The Chinese Medicine Accreditation Committee (Accreditation Committee) is the accreditation authority for Chinese medicine under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law, as in force in each state and territory (the National Law). See accreditation authorities under the National Law for further information.
The Accreditation Committee was established by the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia (the Board) under the National Law.
The Accreditation Committee:
- develops accreditation standards for approval by the Board
- assesses programs of study and education providers against the accreditation standards approved by the Board
- makes decisions about accreditation of programs of study, and
- monitors approved programs of study and education providers to ensure the Committee continues to be satisfied those programs and providers meet the accreditation standards.
Accreditation standards are used to assess whether a program of study, and the education provider that provides the program of study, provides graduates of the program with the knowledge, skills and professional attributes to practise the profession. See accreditation standards for more information.
The accreditation standards used to assess Chinese medicine programs of study and education providers can be viewed on the Board’s accreditation webpage.
An approved program of study qualifies a graduate to apply for registration as a health practitioner. Programs of study are approved by the National Board.
The National Board publishes the list of approved programs of study on its website.
The Accreditation Committee assesses education providers and programs against the accreditation standards and decides whether or not to accredit the provider and program.
The Board considers the Accreditation Committee’s decision and their report and decides whether or not to approve an accredited program as a qualification for registration as a Chinese medicine practitioner.
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:
- Australian College of Natural Medicine Pty Ltd trading as Endeavour College of Natural Health’s Bachelor of Health Science (Acupuncture)
- RMIT University’s Bachelor of Health Science/Bachelor of Applied Science (Chinese Medicine)
- RMIT University’s Master of Applied Science (Acupuncture)
- RMIT University’s Master of Applied Science (Chinese Herbal Medicine)
- Sydney Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine’s 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 programs:
- Western Sydney University’s Bachelor of Traditional Chinese Medicine
- University of Technology Sydney’s Bachelor of Health Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine/Bachelor of Arts in International Studies
- University of Technology Sydney’s 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. Western Sydney University has advised that no new enrolments will be accepted into this program after 2015 and it is therefore not included in the Accreditation Committee’s schedule above. The program transitioned as approved by the CMBA and continues to be recognised for registration.
An education provider must apply to the Accreditation Committee for assessment. The Accreditation Committee appoints a team of trained assessors to assess the education provider and program against the accreditation standards. This includes evaluating the application and visiting sites where the education provider delivers the program, including some clinical sites. The assessment team reports its assessment findings to the Accreditation Committee.
The Accreditation Committee considers the assessment team report and decides whether (or not) to accredit the program (with or without conditions).
If the Accreditation Committee decides to accredit a program of study (with or without conditions), it gives the Board a report about its accreditation decision. The Board then decides whether it will approve, or refuse to approve, the accredited program of study as leading to a qualification for registration.
The Board publishes a list of approved programs of study.
When a program of study is accredited with conditions, it means the Accreditation Committee has decided that, on the basis of the assessment teams findings:
- the program and education provider have substantially (but not fully) met the approved accreditation standards, and
- imposing conditions will ensure all accreditation standards are met within a reasonable time.
The Accreditation Committee will advise the education provider about what types of reports are required to demonstrate compliance with the conditions and when any reports are due.
If a program of study was subject to accreditation conditions when it transitioned as approved under the National Law, those conditions have continued to apply.
In monitoring approved programs of study, the Committee will assess how the education provider is addressing conditions. When the Committee assesses that an education provider has satisfactorily addressed the conditions, it advises the provider and the Board of its assessment. The Board can then decide to remove the accreditation conditions attached to the program.
An education provider that has changed, or plans to change, a program that is on the Board’s list of approved programs must notify the Accreditation Committee about the change. Contact the Accreditation Unit for more information.
An education provider must complete the application form for accreditation of a Chinese medicine program and submit the form plus all required documents to the Accreditation Unit. For further information, see the Accreditation Committee Application information page.
Education providers pay two types of accreditation fees – accreditation assessment fees and annual accreditation fees. The Accreditation Committee sets these fees on a cost recovery basis and submits them to the Board for approval.
For more information, see the Accreditation Committee’s Application information page.
Any education provider that wants a program to be accredited must advise the Accreditation Committee as soon as possible. This includes education providers that are planning to start new programs.
Under the National Law, the Accreditation Committee must monitor each approved program of study to ensure it continues to be satisfied the program and provider meet the accreditation standards.
The Accreditation Committee will advise each provider directly about what reports it needs to submit to the Committee.
For more information, see section 11 of Accreditation process: Chinese medicine.
The Accreditation Committee does not accredit programs for a set period. Instead, a program only continues to be accredited if the Accreditation Committee continues to be satisfied that the program and provider continue to meet the accreditation standards.
This will depend on the team’s assessment of the education provider’s application and supporting evidence. The Assessment Team will assess the written application and advise the Accreditation Unit of any information it requires the provider to submit before, or at, the site visit. The Accreditation Unit will then advise the provider of details and negotiate a detailed schedule for the site visit, including people to meet and locations to visit.
For students and the profession
One of the pathways to qualify for registration is to hold a qualification from an approved program of study.
See programs of study approved by the National Board. The Accreditation Committee operates separately from the National Board and does not deal with registration issues.
No. There is a separate process with specific registration standards that must be met when you apply for registration as a health practitioner.
For more information about the graduate registration process, visit the Graduate Applications page on the AHPRA website.
It could mean that your program is not currently approved by the National Board. The Accreditation Committee operates separately from the National Board and recommends that you direct your enquiry to the National Board.
Some providers of programs which were not approved at the time that Chinese medicine transitioned into the National Scheme have advised the Accreditation Committee they will be applying for accreditation and Board approval under the National Law.
No. However under the grandparenting provisions (section 303 of the National Law) the National Board has approved a number of overseas programs of study as adequate qualifications for general registration.
The Accreditation Committee establishes teams to assess education providers and programs of study against accreditation standards. Visit the Assessors page for information about assessment teams and the Accreditation Committee’s call for applications.