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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:

  1. Promote health through the use of Traditional Healing.
  2. Promote and protect the practice of Traditional Healing.
  3. Maintain and elevate the reputation of Traditional Healing.
  4. Secure a high standard of knowledge and proficiency in the art, science and philosophy of Traditional Healing.
  5. Protect the rights of its members.
  6. Forge links between Traditional Healers worldwide.
  7. 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 Healers worldwide.
    This Charter details the criteria of practice relating to the Traditional Healing profession and provides accord in, and recognition of:

  1. The level of education and training required for practitioners of Traditional Healing.
  2. Ethics and standards of professional practice for Traditional Healers.
  3. 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:


         I 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 abortive remedy.
        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 or slaves.
        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 Traditional Healer.
     The Traditional Healers Charter fulfils the same role as that ancient oath and covenant for today's Traditional Healers.

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The Benefits of Chartered Membership.

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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:

  1. 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,
  2. 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,
  3. The completion of a combination of relevant courses or a combination of 1. and 2. as deemed acceptable by the Council.
  4. 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 please contact:

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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