Guidelines for Membership Categorisation
It is important that as an NZAMH Member, that you have the appropriate membership type for the activities that you do. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are an appropriate member of the NZAMH as being a member of the NZAMH under an inappropriate category may be grounds for disciplinary action under clause 10(a) of the NZAMH constitution.
If you are unsure of the membership category in which you should belong please contact Val or a member of the committee for clarification.
To assist you in determining whether you are currently an appropriately classified NZAMH Member we have the following membership types (as per our constitution).
Members of the Association shall be divided into 4 classes:
- a) Professional members – members practising herbal medicine, including:
(i) Full or part time practitioners giving advice to clients, whether the client is paying or not;
(ii) Those involved in the formulation or manufacture of medicinal herbal products for public consumption;
(iii) Those involved in the training or supervision of students in the practice of herbal medicine.
* Professional Non-Practising – where you are an existing Professional member but are ceasing practice, you may apply for Professional Non-Practising (PNP) status.
Under PNP you may look after immediate friends and family only, you must not treat members of the public in any way. You will need to update your membership renewal paperwork to indicate that you wish to move to Professional Non-Practising (PNP) membership.
- b) Associate Members – members who do not practice but have an interest in herbal medicine, including
(i) Educational Institutions;
(ii) Owners and/or employees of business retailing or wholesaling herbal medicine, who do not provide herbal advice or recommend medicinal herbal product to customers;
(iii) Other Individuals.
- c) Student members – members who are studying herbal medicine (if you have graduated then you must apply for professional membership).
- d) Fellow members – elected members of long-term standing who have distinguished themselves in any branch of the profession OR rendered any conspicuous service to the Association OR retired from professional practice after long service to the profession.
Guidelines for Continuing Professional Education
Our continuing education points system contains a list of activities through which you can obtain Continuing Professional Education (CPE) points. Each March, you will be sent a CPE form to fill out along with your membership renewal form.
Total annual requirement for NZAMH professional membership: 30 Points
Herbal Medicine Activity – 20 points compulsory minimum (Except where Higher Education/Research Activity – see next category)
This education requirement is directly related to the practice of herbal medicine. For example the research of medicinal plants, New Zealand Native herbs, herbal medicine professional and industry issues, the historical and traditional aspects of herbal medicine and the philosophical issues related to the practice of herbal medicine (May also include company seminars that include herbal content).
Higher Education/Research Activity – Up to 20 points.
NZAMH recognises the need for our professional members to increase their knowledge in research, to conduct research and to gain related higher qualification. Course work related to acquisition of bachelor degree or higher in science related subjects will receive appropriate CPE points as will research activity relevant to the practice of herbal medicine or the development of the herbal medicine profession.
Medical Science Activities (unrelated to Higher Education/Research Activity – up to 10 points)
Activities of a continuing education nature which related to nutrition, human biochemistry, physiology, pathology, symptomatology, diagnosis, pharmacology, internal medicine, epidemiology, psychology, psychiatry, health-related research and also the study of other health care modalities not regarded as herbal medicine, such as remedial body work, naturopathy, homeopathy, mind/body, kinesiology etc.
Other Subject Activities (Up to 10 points)
Activities that relate to the practice of herbal medicine, but may not be classifiable as either herbal medicine or medicinal science topics. This covers areas such as business development, marketing and promotion, health promotion, general health care philosophy, ethics and history. This may also include writing government submissions on related CAM health issues.
Must have current St John’s or Red Cross First Aid Certificate (or equivalent), unless special conditions apply i.e. unable to take part in a First Aid course due to disability. Please contact us for more details if required.