Australia is the only country where Ayurveda is recognised as a bonafide system of medicine.
Previously recognised as a system of natural medicine (Naturopathy), its now considered as a complimentary health medicine system. Most of the ayurvedic practitioners in Australia are from overseas countries such as India, Sri Lanka and Nepal. Ayurveda has its existance in Australia since 1988 when Australasian Association of Ayurveda Incorporated(AAA) was registered as a national organisation. AAA has the largest group of ayurvedic doctors since then. Ayurvedic graduates can also register with other ayurvedic associations such as Australasian Ayurvedic Practitioners Association (AAPA) and naturopathy association Australian Natural Therapists Association (ANTA).
Even after 30 years , there is no Ayurvedic Institute in Australia teaching Bachelor course in Ayurveda while all other naturopathy courses such as homeopathy, naturopathy and herbal medicine etc are taught at degree level.
Australasian Association of Ayurveda Incorporated(AAA) has been trying from few years to have a bachelor level course in Ayurveda so that Australian ayurvedic graduates will have skills and knowledge required to be fully qualified, trained and complete ayurveda practitioners. To be an Australian recognised health system under medicare similar to Traditional Chinese Medicine , Ayurveda needs to be recongnised by Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) .
AHPRA recognise medicine that are taught at the level of Australian Qualification Framework( AQF-7) equal to a bachelor degree. To conclude a bachelor degree in ayurveda is a must to have Ayurvedic medicine in the main health stream.
Therapeutic Goods Administration(TGA) is Australia’s regulatory authority for therapeutic goods including herb and natural medicines. With health complaints commissioner appointment in Victoria, all the health providers including complimentary health practices are more vulnerable to complaints. Its very important that all ayurvedic practitioners should follow its association code and conduct to avoid such complaints. I believe this a great initiative by Victorian government to stop illegal ayurvedic practitioner to enter into the workforce. Therapeutic Goods Administration is another
Many overseas ayurvedic graduates are interested to migrate and practice in Australia. Australian states update their skill occupation list (SOL) every six to twelve months. If there are sponsorships available under certain categories then they have fair chances for migration. Consulting a Migration Agents Registration Authority (MARA) registered immigration agent is the best choice to look into immigration opportunities.
Recently there is a remarkable increase in ayurvedic treatments enquiries especially ayurvedic panchkarma, ayurvedic lifestyle and diet. Ayurvedic rejuvenation therapies such as shirodhara, abhyanga and kati vasti are now very much popular in Australian population. Various ayurvedic cooking classes , workshops and seminars happen each year where ayurvedic lifestyle, yoga, and ayurvedic medicines are promoted. I Hope in near future, Ayurveda will gets its recognition in medicare (Australian public health system).