What is the Traditional Healers Fellowship?
In 1976 a group of Traditional Healers formed an interest group which in
1982 became known as the Natural Path Society.
The aim of this Society was to:
- Promote health through the use of Traditional Healing.
- Promote and protect the practice of Traditional Healing.
- Maintain and elevate the reputation of Traditional Healing.
- Secure a high standard of knowledge and proficiency in the art,
science and philosophy of Traditional Healing.
- Protect the rights of its members.
- Forge links between Traditional Healers worldwide.
- Act as a forum for Traditional Healers and foster
the interexchange of professional knowledge and skills
between Traditional Healers.
Because of its international focus,
operation as a local incorporated society became more and more impractical
as time went on and in 1992 the Traditional Healers Charter™ was
established in order to provide a written agreed professional standard for
Traditional Healers and to provide formal recognition for Traditional
This Charter details the criteria of practice
relating to the Traditional Healing profession and provides accord in, and
- The level of education and training required for practitioners of
- Ethics and standards of professional practice for Traditional
- Continuing professional education and other ongoing requirements
for Traditional Healers.
In 2002 the Traditional Healers Charter
became affiliated with the Traditional Medicine Network and in 2004 the
Traditional Healers Fellowship took on the administration of the
Traditional Healers Charter. This provided added resources including those
needed for the publication of printed periodicals and for a presence on
the World Wide Web.
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What is a Chartered Member?
A Chartered Membership is an solemn
agreement between the Traditional Healer and the Traditional Healers
Fellowship, and therefore with other Traditional Healers. This
concept is extremely ancient. The text of such an agreement or charter was
first published in classical Greece around the 5th. Century BC as a part
the Hippocratic writings. It is in the form of an oath that a practitioner
of medicine would give in the presence of his peers, and went as follows:
swear by Apollo the Physician and Aesclepios and Hygeia and
Panacea and all the gods and goddesses, making them my witnesses,
that I will fulfil according to my ability and judgment this oath
and this covenant:
To hold him
who has taught me this art as equal to my parents and to live my
life in partnership with him, and if he is in need of money to
give him a share of mine, and to regard his offspring as equal to
my brothers in male lineage and to teach them this art - if they
desire to learn it - without fee and covenant; to give a share of
precepts and oral instruction and all the other learning to my
sons and to the sons of him who has instructed me and to pupils
who have signed the covenant and have taken an oath according to
the medical law, but unto no one else.
I will apply
dietetic measures for the benefit of the sick according to my
ability and judgment; I will keep them from harm and injustice.
I will neither
give a deadly drug to anybody if asked for it, nor will I make a
suggestion to this effect. Similarly I will not give to a woman an
In purity and
holiness I will guard life and my art.
I will not use the
knife, not even of sufferers from the stone, but will withdraw in
favour of such men as are engaged in this work.
Whatever houses I
may visit, I will come for the benefit of the sick, remaining free
of all intentional injustice, of all mischief and in particular of
sexual relations with both female and male persons, be they free
What I may see or
hear in the course of the treatment or even outside of the
treatment in regard to the life of men, which on no account one
must spread abroad, I will keep to myself, holding such things
shameful to be spoken about.
If I fulfil this
oath and do not violate it, may it be granted to me to enjoy life
and art, being honoured with fame among all men for all time to
come; if I transgress it and swear falsely, may the opposite of
all this be my lot.
It is likely that this
"covenant and oath" was already ancient during the days of Hippocrates, as
it forswears surgery, something that was generally practiced by the
physicians of that time but was shunned by the Traditional Healers of
Aesclepios' time some 700 or so years earlier. Whatever the case may have
been, this oath contains both affirmations and prohibitions that should
still apply today to all those sincerely engaged in the service of man, by
the treatment of their diseases and is certainly valid for today's
The Traditional Healers Charter fulfils the
same role as that ancient oath and covenant for today's Traditional
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The Benefits of Chartered Membership.
- By subscribing to be a Chartered member you help to protect the
interests and reputation of Traditional Healers worldwide.
- By being a Chartered member you support and provide evidence of the
high level of education and training of Traditional Healers.
- The certificate issued by the Traditional Healers Fellowship to
indicate your Chartered status, provides evidence of your commitment to
high standards of practice and ethics to your clients and the public.
- The Traditional Healers Fellowship provides linkages with other
Traditional Healers for the purpose of the exchange of ideas and for the
pooling of traditional healing resources.
- The Traditional Healers Fellowship respects and supports indigenous
and ethnic healing practices and promotes and supports their right to
exist and to evolve according to their cultural needs.
- The Traditional Healers Fellowship promotes recognition, respect,
equality and unity among all Traditional Healers, irrespective of their
ethnic and religious background.
- Being a Chartered member will enable you to personally contribute to
Traditional Healing on a worldwide basis through the publication of
articles and by providing support to other Traditional Healers.*
* Please note that publications of the
Traditional Healers Fellowship are at this point in time only
available in English.
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How to Become a Chartered Member.
You may apply by telephone, by email
or by mail to the Post Office Box given below and an application form will
be forwarded to you. Application forms will be forwarded either by fax or
by email as a PDF file, or by mail. If you wish to have the applications
forms sent by mail, please send a stamped, self addressed envelope if in
Australia, overseas applicants must enclose international postal coupons
for the value of AUD$5.00 with their letter.
Completed application forms accompanied by
supporting documentation, two identical passport size photographs and
the current application fee (please enquire) must be returned to the
address below, documents sent by fax or other electronic means will not be
accepted. Please note that the application fee is non-refundable.
You will be notified as soon as possible of the
Education and Standards Board decision regarding your acceptance as a
Chartered member. Once accepted for Chartered membership,
your credentials will be issued and sent by mail upon receipt of the
yearly membership fee. Chartered membership credentials (certificates) are
valid for one calendar year only.
At the beginning of each subsequent calendar year,
a new agreement that confirms that you are still in accord with the
requirements of the Traditional Healers Charter, will be sent to you. This
must then be returned by you appropriately signed, together with two
passport size photographs and the yearly membership fee, upon which the
credentials for the following year will be forwarded to you.
Below is a broad outline of the Traditional
Healers Fellowship currently recommended guidelines for acceptance as a
Chartered Traditional Healer:
- A formal recognised qualification in the particular area of
Traditional Healing in countries and in places where such training is
available, equivalent to at least 4 years full-time study, or,
- In countries where training as set out in 1. is not available,
supported evidence of the successful completion of an apprenticeship
with a recognised Traditional Healer at a level deemed acceptable by the
particular healing traditions, or,
- The completion of a combination of relevant courses or a combination
of 1. and 2. as deemed acceptable by the Council.
- Areas of required expertise: i. traditional philosophy; ii.
traditional diagnostics; iii. nutrition therapy; iv. traditional
internal medicine; v. traditional physical therapy; and vi. traditional
psychotherapeutics. A background in modern medical science subjects will
be required for applicants that live in countries or places where such
training is accessible.
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For an Application Form and Further Information
Traditional Healers Fellowship.
P.O. Box 432,
Elizabeth, South Australia 5112.
Phone/Fax: (08) 8254 8602
Int'l. phone/fax: + 61 8 8254 8602
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