The Australian Holistic Healers
and Counsellors Association (AHHCA) is a not-for-profit organisation and was founded some 15 years ago by a group of
practitioners in central Victoria.
At the time it was apparent that there
was a growing number of "multi-modality" practitioners using a wide
range of healing modalities and techniques. The principle of
treating the "whole" person (physical, mental, emotional and
spiritual) was a commonly held belief and was to become a corner
stone for Holistic Healing.
The AHHCA was to represent practitioners
as well as begin the process of self-regulation of this professional
A Code of Ethics and Statement of
Purposes was established.
It was decided that members would need a
minimum of three healing modalities (and 250 hours) and be
associated with the growing number of accredited schools and
The dedication of a few saw the
Association through those early fledgling years to the present time
where new members with much energy and vision are ready to take it
to the next stage.
Statement of Purpose
Acceptance of Model Rules as per
Schedule 3 of the Associations Incorporation Act
Statement of Purposes
a To advance the formal and
professional recognition of Holistic Healers and to set minimal
educational standards for Holistic Healers.
b To become an ongoing contact
for Holistic Healers. To provide professional advice and
an opportunity for social interaction.
c To organise workshops and
seminars for post-graduates as well as the general public.
d To set professional
standards and code of ethics for practising Healers.
e To seek affiliation and
where possible, accreditation with like-minded groups and
associations, both in Australia and overseas.
f To become a point of
reference to the general public and others working in
health-related areas, for information and resources concerning
Holistic Healers and Holistic Healing.
g To be a forum for discussion
about the changing nature of Healers and Healing, their public
perception and recognition.
h To encourage the teaching of
Holistic Healing principles through community groups,
educational, medical and paramedical institutions, so that more
people will be able to appreciate the role that Holistic Healing
has in the broader field of health care.
i To assist members to obtain
professional indemnity insurance.
j. To produce a (quarterly)
Code of Ethics
Treat as confidential all
information of clients.
Practitioner should never offer a
medical diagnosis or a prognosis; this is the role of a medical
doctor or suitably qualified primary contact practitioner.
To ensure that clients realise that
any recommendations or advice offered is for their consideration
only, and that client - should feel in no way compelled to act
To use healing methods or techniques
that are gentle, natural and that will do no harm to the client.
To ensure that clients are advised
to seek medical opinion whenever any of the 'red light' symptoms
To encourage clients to seek out a
medical practitioner who most closely meets their personal
needs, and to seek the advice and help of their doctor whenever
To present oneself in a professional
manner reflected in standards of dress, cleanliness, speech,
Maintain a high level of
professional competence, seeking always to improve one's
standards and skills.
Serve those in need irrespective of
nationality, sex, age, marital status, race, culture, creed,
political views or social standing.
Respect the rights and dignity of
Not to discredit the Association by
words or actions.
Not to puncture the skin, unless
To be sympathetic to clients' needs,
expressing a genuine concern and sensitive care.
To encourage clients to take greater
responsibility for their own health and well being.
To ensure that the role of the
practitioner is to facilitate to health, healing and wellbeing
of the individual through an eclectic use of healing methods and
information and resources, for the purposes of treating the
whole person body, mind, emotions and spirit.
To ensure that advertisements
clearly state one's qualifications (e.g.) Holistic Healer,
Holistic Health Practitioner (not medical Doctor) and not make
claims to be able to cure diseases. Appropriate wording
(e.g. "may also assist in the treatment of ...").
The practitioner does not enter into
any contracts or pre-conditions of treatment.
All members must accept full
responsibility for the Holistic services they provide.