‘Holding out’ means to present yourself in a way that suggests to others that you are something or someone that you are not.
A person who is not a registered Chinese medicine practitioner, must not:
- use any of these titles: Chinese medicine practitioner, acupuncturist, Chinese herbal medicine practitioner, Chinese herbal dispenser, or Oriental medicine practitioner; or
- claim to be registered under the National Law, or
- 'hold themselves out' as being registered under the National Law.
The National Law (see s.116 of the National Law) also prohibits unregistered persons knowingly or recklessly taking or using a title, name, symbol, word or description that, having regard to the circumstances in which it is taken or used, indicates or could be reasonably understood to indicate - the person is a health practitioner, or the person is authorised or qualified to practise in a health profession.
There are penalties for falsely using protected titles or holding yourself out to be a registered practitioner. Depending on the individual circumstances, a person may be investigated for holding themselves out, and prosecuted under the National Law.