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Agriculture & Vet Science

Australian Mammal Society
The Australian Mammal Society (AMS) is an interdisciplinary society of biologists whose common interest is in the biology and conservation of Australian mammals. Research by members of the Society spans a wide variety of biological disciplines including behavioural and community ecology, population genetics, management and conservation.

Australian Systematic Botany Society Inc.
With over 300 members, ASBS is an incorporated association of people with professional and amateur interests in Australian systematic botany. The aim of the Society is to promote the study of plant systematics in Australasia.

Australian Entomological Society
To advance and disseminate entomological knowledge in all its aspects, particularly but not exclusively, in relation to the Australian fauna. They achieve this by: publishing a journal, a news bulletin and miscellaneous publications, organising scientific meetings of members, awarding research grants to financial members, awarding prizes to students for papers or essays on entomological topics, and awarding prizes for taxonomic illustrations and photographs of insects or allied forms.

Entomological Society of Australia
The Entomological Society of Victoria is a non-profit scientific society which welcomes professional, amateur and student entomologists as members. The Society’s interests lie primarily in entomology – the study of insects, however many members are also interested in other groups e.g. spiders. The Society sees itself as having a role in promoting general interest in invertebrates. For our members, we produce a bi-monthly news bulletin, the Victorian Entomologist.

Australian Society for Fish Biology
The Australian Society For Fish Biology was founded in 1971 with the intention of promoting fish studies and the interchange of information between fish biologists in a relaxed but effective manner. Annual Conferences have been held once every year since the Society’s inception. They are now the highlight of the Society’s calendar, providing a forum for members around Australia to meet and discuss their work.

Australian Marine Science Association
AMSA is Australia’s major professional association for marine scientists from all disciplines. The primary goal of AMSA is to advance marine science and its understanding in Australia. AMSA works to promote liaison and foster cooperation between the diverse organisations/institutions and workers across Australia in the many disciplines of marine science, through; regular publication of a Bulletin, holding an annual conference and other specialist meetings, and an associated email discussion list.

Australian Veterinary Association
The Australian Veterinary Association is the professional organisation that represents veterinarians across Australia. The association’s mission statement is to serve the community as Australia’s premier reference group for animal health and welfare, to represent the veterinary profession and to promote the interests of members. For more information click the link above.

Australian Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology
Membership of AIAST is open to Agricultural Science graduates working in agriculture and the natural resource environment or related disciplines. Membership is also open to those with agricultural or related experience and who demonstrate equivalence to formal qualifications. Colleagues who do not possess the relevant qualifications but have a keen interest in professionalism in the agriculture and natural resource sectors may also apply.

National Farmers Federation
The National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) is the peak national body representing farmers and, more broadly, agriculture across Australia. It is one of Australia’s foremost and respected lobbying and advocacy organisations. One of the keys to the NFF’s success has been its commitment to presenting innovative and forward-looking solutions to the issues affecting agriculture, striving to meet current and emerging challenges, and advancing Australia’s vital agricultural production base.


Arts & Culture

Royal Australian Historical Society
The Royal Australian Historical Society is a voluntary organization founded in Sydney in 1901 to encourage Australians to understand more about their history. It has a membership throughout Australia and all its activities and facilities are funded by contributions from its members and benefactors.

Australian Society for Music Education
Limited information on their website.

Australian Society of Authors
The Australian Society of Authors is the peak professional association for Australia’s literary creators. Our members are biographers, illustrators, academics, cartoonists, scientists, food and wine writers, children’s writers, ghost writers, librettists, travel writers, romance writers, translators, computer programmers, journalists, poets and novelists.

Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance
Limited information on site but many links.


Business, Economics & Law


Australian Institute of Judicial Administration
The AIJA is a research and educational institute associated with Monash University.  It is funded by the Standing Committee of Attorneys-General and also from subscription income from its membership. The principal objectives of the Institute include research into judicial administration and the development and conduct of educational programmes for judicial officers, court administrators and members of the legal profession in relation to court administration and judicial systems.

Australian and New Zealand Sports Law Association
ANZSLA is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing education, advocacy and networking opportunities on legal issues in sport to Australian and New Zealand  sporting industries.  Formed in 1990, ANZSLA now has a membership that includes lawyers, administrators, academics and government representatives; though membership is open to anyone with an interest in sport.

The Law and Justice Foundation of NSW
The Law and Justice Foundation is a statutory body with a 40 year history of improving access to justice for the people of NSW. The Foundation’s staff and Board come from a range of different backgrounds such as law, research, education and the social sciences. This enables us to consider issues of access to justice from different perspectives. The purpose of the society is to advance the fairness and equity of the justice system, and to improve access to justice, especially for socially and economically disadvantaged people.

The Law Society of NSW
We act as the voice of the legal profession, representing the interests of over 21,000 members, encouraging debate and actively driving law reform issues through policy submissions and open dialogue with Governments, parliamentary bodies, the Courts and the Attorney General’s Department. We unite the profession, helping members across the state stay in touch with legal developments and with fellow solicitors through a range of publications, networking opportunities and regional law societies. We provide a wide range of services to our members to assist them in their professional and personal lives, so that they can provide a better service for their clients and uphold the integrity of the profession.

The Queensland Law Society
Queensland Law Society provides a dynamic hub for Queensland’s legal community and seeks to engage actively with its members and the public to provide leadership, practical solutions and reliable support. We represent and promote more than 8,500 legal professionals, increase community understanding of the law, help protect the rights of individuals and advise the community about the many benefits solicitors can provide.

The Law Society of Western Australia
With more than 3,000 members, the Law Society of Western Australia is the peak association for the legal profession in WA. With a range of membership categories available, Society membership provides access to invaluable support and resources throughout your career. The Society is dedicated to maximising the value of your membership by providing you with a host of benefits

The Law Society of South Australia
The Law Society of South Australia provides professional services, resources, support and benefits to its members and the legal profession in general. It undertakes community education concerning the law and the legal profession and engages in activities designed to improve access to justice.

ACT Law Society
The Law Society exists to represent, advance, and defend the interests of an independent legal profession in the ACT and protect the public interest in the ACT system of justice through the efficient regulation of the profession in accordance with the Legal Profession Act and the Society’s Rules for Solicitors. Visit the site to find out about member benefits.

Law Institute Victoria
The LIV enjoys strong membership and support from business, government and the broader community, making it an effective force of legal opinion and expertise. Through the power of association, LIV members can benefit professionally, personally and in practice with LIV membership and services within many key areas.

Law Society of Tasmania
The Law Society of Tasmania has two major functions. The first is that of regulator of the legal profession of the State of Tasmania. The second is to provide services to its members to assist in maintaining high standards of practice in the Tasmanian legal profession.


Australian Human Resource Institute
The Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI) is the national association representing human resource and people management professionals and currently has in excess of 14,000 members. AHRI leads the direction and fosters the growth of the HR profession through actively setting standards and building the capability of the profession.

Australian Institute of Management
The Australian Institute of Management is not for profit entity which invests its annual surpluses in the creation of education products, alternative education distribution channels and learning support materials. The sole purpose of AIM is to promote the advancement of education and learning in the field of management and leadership for commerce, industry and government. AIM adds capacity to managers by providing opportunities to learn, develop know-how and better understand practical management. We do this through a range of services in business and management training, events and seminars, coaching, research and publications, supported by a specialist management bookshop and library services geared to graduate school education.

Australian Government Productivity Commission
The Productivity Commission is the Australian Government’s independent research and advisory body on a range of economic, social and environmental issues affecting the welfare of Australians. Its role is to help governments make better policies in the long term interest of the Australian community. The Commission’s focus is on ways of achieving a more productive economy – the key to higher living standards. As an advisory body, its influence depends on the power of its arguments and the efficacy of its public processes.


Australian Tourism Council
ATEC is the peak industry body representing Australia’s $26 billion tourism export sector. Their mission is to build better business relationships for our members and to represent the inbound tourism industry before government and business leaders. They are the largest membership-based organisation representing Australia’s tourism export sector with 1100+ members come from across the country and across the industry – including inbound tour operators, tourism product suppliers and service providers.

South Australian Tourism Industry Council
The South Australian Tourism Industry Council (SATIC) is South Australia’s peak body for tourism. SATIC is an independent, not-for-profit, membership based organisation representing members’ interests and ensuring that its members have a strong, representative voice. The aim of SATIC is to ensure the tourism industry receives the recognition required from governments, business and the community to enable continued growth, performance and profitability within the tourism industry. Becoming a member of SATIC is open to any organisation or individual with an interest in tourism.

Tourism Council of Western Australia
Membership of TCWA is available to any business or individual which is involved in the tourism industry. By becoming a member of TCWA you will not only receive significant benefits but will also be actively supporting the tourism industry. Tourism Council WA currently has over 850 members. Membership categories include Gold, Silver, Bronze, Industry, Individual and Student members. Tourism Council WA’s direct membership, together with membership of its kindred industry associations, provides TCWA with representation of some 2500 tourism businesses reaching over 80,000 people employed in the tourism industry.

Tourism and Transport Forum
Tourism & Transport Forum (TTF) is the peak industry group for the Australian tourism, transport, aviation and investment sectors. A national, member-funded CEO  forum, TTF advocates the public policy interests of the 200 most prestigious corporations and institutions in these sectors. TTF is one of Australia’s leading CEO networks and represents over 460,000 employees.

Tourism Australia
Tourism Australia is the Australia Government agency responsible for the international and domestic marketing of Australia as a destination for leisure and business travel. Tourism Australia’s Outcome Statement for 2009/10 is to: Increase demand for Australia as a destination, strengthen the travel distribution system and contribute to the development of a sustainable tourism industry through consumer marketing, trade development and research activities.

Surveying and Spacial Sciences Institute
The Surveyng & Spatial Sciences Institute is a national body catering for the professional people who make up the spatial information industry. It gives a voice to the members of the spatial science community in both the national and international arena. There are no barriers to membership of the Institute. Specifically, members are not required to hold an academic qualification. However, training, qualification and experience will be recognised and rewarded through professional certification.


CPA Australia
All students can register for free and gain access to global networking opportunities, career fairs, online resources, career advice and tips, as well as the CPA Australia Internship Program. CPA Passport students also receive CPA Update, a weekly e-newsletter to help keep you informed of the latest CPA Australia news and events, and Real Business – the only finance, accounting and business magazine specifically for students.

The Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand
AFAANZ is the premier body representing the interests of accounting and finance academics and other persons interested in accounting and finance education and research in Australia and New Zealand. The Association was established in 1960 and in 2010, it celebrated its 50th Anniversary.

Financial Services Accountants Association
The Financial Services Accountants Association provides services for accountants, finance managers and other professionals in the Financial Services Sector in Australasia. The Association provides its members with a number of unique opportunities to meet with fellow colleagues from the Financial Services Industry at different events throughout each year. Click the link above to view member benefits.

Association of Accounting Technicians
The Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) Australia is the country’s largest paraprofessional body in the accounting/finance/bookkeeping sector. AAT Australia membership provides a commitment to high standards, professionalism, recognition and status for paraprofessional accounting technicians including self employed bookkeepers; payroll officers; BAS service providers; assistant accountants, accounts payable/receivable officers and other accounting support staff.

Taxation Institute of Australia
Since 1943, the Taxation Institute of Australia, has provided Members and the tax profession with extensive learning tools and an enormous knowledge base that has derived from practitioner driven education seminars, conventions, publications and the Structured Education Program.  With more than 15,000 Members, the Institute is Australia’s premier professional tax body. Membership reflects this and includes a comprehensive cross section of leading tax accountants, lawyers, tax agents, managers and academics.


Australian Marketing Institute
Today the AMI represents professional marketers throughout Australia, including practitioners from all marketing functions and industries. The Institute has established strong links with business, academia and government to become the voice of the marketing profession. The AMI’s leadership role in advancing the marketing profession has resulted in the emergence of Certified Practising Marketer (CPM) accreditation as a practising benchmark, the establishment of a Code of Professional Conduct, and the move towards defined practising standards for marketers and marketing metrics for organisations.

Public Relations Institute of Australia
PRIA is the peak body for public relations and communication professionals in Australia. PRIA represents and provides professional support and recognition to 3,000 individual practitioners, and more than 150 consultancies, across the States and Territories. Our members are drawn from in-house and agency practice across all sectors of the industry, from corporate to government to community. Individuals are required to meet strict criteria for full professional membership. Student memberships are available.


The Australian Property Institute
The Australian Property Institute Valuers Limited is a company established by the Australian Property Institute (API) as a special purpose company, the membership of which is restricted to members of API who undertake valuations of real property and the purpose for which it is established is to procure registration of the Company for the benefit of its members under the Capped Liability Scheme operated by the Professional Standards Council and pursuant to professional standards legislation in various jurisdictions across Australia.

Real Estate Institute of New South Wales
REINSW is the largest professional association for real estate agents and other property professionals in Australia. Our mission is to serve and promote the needs of our members in order to maximise their potential. REINSW is committed to providing opportunities to assist members achieve a more competitive edge. We offer a diverse range of services, including access to the best research data available, networking and training opportunities, and information about the latest changes to legislation, regulations and policies that shape agency practice.

Real Estate Institute of Queensland
The Real Estate Institute of Queensland (REIQ) has been the state’s peak professional association for the real estate industry since 1918. Almost 85 per cent of all real estate agencies in Queensland are members – accounting for more than 15,000 agents, salespeople, property managers, resident unit managers, auctioneers, business brokers and commercial agents state-wide.

Real Estate Institute of South Australia
The Real Estate Institute of South Australia (REISA) is the peak professional body representing more than 2000 real estate professionals in South Australia. Since its foundation in 1919, the REISA has been the authority in the property industry, providing valued services to members and providing them with a united voice. The REISA provides members with a range of efficient, cost-effective services and to advance the standing, professionalism and financial viability of those within the industry.

Real Estate Institute of Victoria
The Real Estate Institute of Victoria has been the peak professional association for the Victorian real estate industry since 1936. Almost 80 per cent of all real estate agencies in Victoria are Members of the REIV. Members specialise in all facets of real estate, including: residential sales, commercial and industrial sales, auctions, business broking, property management, owners’ corporations management and valuations.

Real Estate Institute of Western Australia
REIWA offer many me,ber benefits including offering its own training organisation through which members of the public can study to become sales consultants, property managers or licensees of real estate businesses. REIWA Learning also runs compulsory professional development (CPD) courses for its members and their staff in order to continually up-skill and refresh their legal knowledge, business and marketing expertise to maintain and improve professional standards.


Social Science


Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education
All paid and voluntary staff are committed to providing quality services to members through a range of strategic activities including publication of a high quality electronic journal, circulation of a regular newsletter, programs for Campus Representatives and Community Mentoring, an International Awards Scheme and an Annual Conference. ascilite has formed strategic relationships with similar organisations worldwide including ALT in the UK, SURF in the Netherlands and AACE and the TLT group in North America.

Australian Council of Deans of Education
The Australian Council of Deans of Education (ACDE)  is the peak association of the deans of faculties and heads of schools of education in Australian universities and other higher education institutions. Faculties and Schools of Education produce the majority of educational research and scholarship on educational issues in Australia. They are responsible for initial and post-initial teacher education for learners of all ages and for furthering the research basis for professional practice and policy in each of these spheres. They also provide further professional study and research training for those concerned with individual, organisational and community learning and development. Their coursework and research graduates work in a wide range of workplaces and occupations, not only in formal and informal education settings, but also in the public and private sector more generally.

Association for Tertiary Education Management
The Association for Tertiary Education Management Inc (ATEM Inc) is the pre-eminent professional body in Australasia for tertiary education administrators and managers. Established in 1976 the Association has grown to around 1,350 individuals and 60 corporate members. Our members are found across the breadth of the academic environment, including Universities, TAFE’s, Polytechnics and Wanangas, private providers, government departments and other related organisations. Together we work to advance the profession of tertiary education administration and management in order to support and develop excellence in professional practice and institutional management.

Council of Australian University Directors of Information Technology
CAUDIT is an industry wide group of the IT Directors/CIOs of all universities in Australia and New Zealand together with universities in PNG and the South Pacific and major Commonwealth Research Organisations such as CSIRO, AIMS and ARCS. With 58 members who contribute strategic IT leadership to their universities or research organisations, CAUDIT is able to speak authoritatively to Government, Industry and University bodies on all aspects of IT and this is illustrated by the wide range of Government committees on which CAUDIT is represented and by the variety of company directorships held by various CAUDIT members. CAUDIT also negotiates collective procurement agreements, provides professional development, undertakes projects and fosters collaboration through the sharing of ideas, experiences and best practice amongst its members.

Australian Education Union
The Australian Education Union has a membership of over 180,000 educators who work in public schools, colleges, early childhood and vocational settings in all states and territories of Australia.  Members include teachers and allied educational staff, principals and administrators mainly in government school and TAFE systems.

The Independent Education Union of Australia
The Independent Education Union of Australia (IEUA) with a current membership of 64,975, is the federally registered industry union representing all employees working in non-government schools and institutions across Australia. Included in its membership are principals, teachers and various categories of clerical, administrative, educational support staff and school services officers employed in primary and secondary schools; and teachers working in some private pre-school settings, Life Education Centres, business colleges and private English Language colleges.

The Council of Australian Postgraduate Associations (CAPA)
CAPA is the peak body representing the interests of Australia’s 270,000+ postgraduate students. Founded in 1979, CAPA is a membership based non-profit organisation. CAPA’s member organisations include 33 postgraduate associations, and the National Indigenous Postgraduate Association Aboriginal Corporation (NIPAAC). As the national voice on postgraduate issues, CAPA communicates the interests and perspectives of postgraduate students to the Federal Government, Federal Opposition and minor parties, and higher education peak bodies.

National Association of Agricultural Educators
The aim of the NAAE is to provide leadership at a national level in the promotion and development of agricultural education and join together in an association all persons having an interest in agricultural education. They further aim to provide a national forum for the discussion of, and exchange of information relevant to the teaching of agriculture and related studies and to engage in activities aimed at assisting the development of agricultural education.

Australian Council of TESOL Associations
ACTA, the Australian Council of TESOL Associations, is the national coordinating body for Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). Our objectives are to represent and support the interests of teachers of English to speakers of other languages and dialects and to ensure access to English language instruction for speakers of other languages and dialects. We further encourage implementation and delivery of quality professional programs at all levels and to promote study, research and development of TESOL at local, regional, national and international levels. Membership of ACTA comes automatically through membership of one of its constituent associations.


Australian Psychological Society
The Australian Psychological Society (APS) is the largest professional association for psychologists in Australia, representing more than 18,500 members. The APS is committed to advancing psychology as a discipline and profession. It spreads the message that psychologists make a difference to peoples’ lives, through improving scientific knowledge and community well-being. APS members form a dynamic group that advocate for psychologists at all levels of government. They are constantly promoting the contributions psychology makes to people’s health and well-being, and to understanding important social issues facing Australian society.

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP)
RANZCP is the principal organisation providing accreditation and representation for the medical specialty of psychiatry in Australia and New Zealand. The College is responsible for training, examining and awarding the Fellowship of the College qualification to medical practitioners. There are currently 2900 Fellows of the College who account for approximately 85 per cent of all practicing psychiatrists in Australia and over 50 per cent of psychiatrists in New Zealand.

Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) is the organisation responsible for the registration and accreditation of 10 health professions across Australia. AHPRA supports the 10 National Boards that are responsible for regulating the 10 health professions. The primary role of the Boards is to protect the public and they set standards and policies that all registered health practitioners must meet.

The Australian Clinical Psychology Association
The Australian Clinical Psychology Association (ACPA) is a non-profit organisation formed to represent the professional interests of Australian clinical psychologists. The intent of ACPA is to promote the highest standards within the profession, and to inform the public and other health professionals of the expertise and ethical and professional practice and expertise of its members.

The Council of Australian Postgraduate Associations (CAPA)
CAPA is the peak body representing the interests of Australia’s 270,000+ postgraduate students. Founded in 1979, CAPA is a membership based non-profit organisation. CAPA’s member organisations include 33 postgraduate associations, and the National Indigenous Postgraduate Association Aboriginal Corporation (NIPAAC). As the national voice on postgraduate issues, CAPA communicates the interests and perspectives of postgraduate students to the Federal Government, Federal Opposition and minor parties, and higher education peak bodies.

The Australian Indigenous Psychology Association
AIPA is committed to improving the social and emotional well-being and mental health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals, families and communities by collaborative work with others committed to ‘closing the gap’ between Indigenous and non-Indigenous social and emotional wellbeing and mental health outcomes. Specifically AIPA is working to increase the number of Indigenous psychologists and to lead the change required to deliver equitable, accessible, sustainable, timely and culturally competent psychological care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in urban, regional and remote Australia.

The Australian Counselling Association
The Australian Counselling Association (ACA) is a professional peak association of counsellors and psychotherapists with over 3000 individual members. Current Member Associations (MA) are: Federation of Victorian Counsellors Inc, Federation of Psychotherapists & Counsellors of Queensland Inc, Professional Counsellors Association of Western Australia Inc and Clinical Counsellors Association Inc. ACA has membership to equivalent bodies in Britain, New Zealand & Hong Kong. Affiliated Member Associations of ACA include, Australian Society of Clinical Hypnotherapists and Professional Clinical Hypnotherapists of Australia.


The Australasian College of Health Service Management
ACHSM is the peak body that represents health managers. The College’s services are designed to inform, support and inspire health managers at all stages of their career. The College brings together the most influential group of health leaders and managers in the Asia Pacific region to share ideas and learn from each other, and to create better health for all.

Occupational Therapy Australia
Occupational Therapy Australia is the peak professional body representing the interests of Occupational Therapists and strives to ensure that members consistently receive quality, responsive services that add significant value to their careers. The Association also aims to support, promote and represent the profession of occupational therapy as a key element of the allied health sector in Australia. Occupational Therapy Australia National comprises all states and territories (Member Associations) and has a membership of some 5000 individual occupational therapists nationally.

Australian Association of Social Workers
The Australian Association of Social Workers is the professional representative body of Social Workers in Australia, with 6,000 members nation-wide. Join the Australian Association of Social Workers and become part of an active community committed to maintaining high standards, ethical practice and ongoing professional development. Benefit from a range of products and services designed to help you learn, grow and evolve throughout your social work career.

The Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association (AACMA)
High standards of education and practice are maintained by AACMA accredited practitioners due to the profession’s determination to provide excellence in acupuncture and TCM health care.  AACMA members are bound to a high standard of ethical and professional conduct through adherence to our national practitioner accreditation standards, Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice. All AACMA practitioner members are accredited with the Australian Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner Accreditation Board.

Dietitians Association of Australia
The Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) is the national Association of the profession, with branches in each State and Territory. DAA represents over 4,000 members.  DAA has a well developed marketing and public relations program which includes partnerships with industry. The introduction of the Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) Program has provided an important framework for further developing and maintaining standards of practice by the profession.

Sports Dietitians Australia (SDA)
Sports Dietitians provide advice on issues such as maximizing energy levels, eating to optimize growth and development, eating before competition, recovery, best fluid choices for exercise and staying hydrated, maintaining appropriate body fat levels, and eating when travelling.  Sports Dietitians Australia will be the peak organisation dedicated to advancing excellence in sports nutrition practice and for sports dietitians, dedicated to inspiring, educating and empowering sports dietitians to be world leaders in sports nutrition practice.

The Australian College of Critical Care Nurses (ACCCN)
The ACCCN represents over 2,000 critical care nurses nationally. Our members work across the critical care clinical spectrum – cardiothoracic and general intensive care units, emergency, coronary care, high dependency, academic and educational settings. Our College activities focus on the care of both adult and paediatric critically ill patients, and includes many clinical sub-specialities and professional issues. Our members receive an extensive array of benefits that provide financial, educational and professional opportunities.

Australian Nursing Federation
The ANF is the national union for nurses, midwives, assistants in nursing and students and represents the industrial and professional interests of nurses and midwives. The ANF’s 170,000 members are employed in hospitals, health and community services, schools, universities, the armed forces, statutory authorities, local government, professional organisations, offshore territories and in industry. ANF members have the opportunity to contribute to and influence nursing issues by becoming involved in ANF special interest groups, committees and events, and by becoming a job representative in the workplace.

Royal College of Nursing Australia
Royal College of Nursing, Australia (RCNA) is Australia’s peak professional nursing organisation and is the Australian member of the International Council of Nurses (ICN). RCNA is a national membership organisation open to nurses and nursing students in all areas of the profession. In 1997, RCNA became the Australian member of ICN, creating an important link between Australian nurses and the global nursing community. All nurses are welcome to join RCNA. You can join at any time during your career, starting as a Student Member and upgrading to become a full RCNA Member once you have finished your nursing studies.


Health Science


The Royal Australasian College of Physicians
The Royal Australasian College of Physicians is responsible for training, educating and representing over 9,000 physicians and paediatricians in Australia and New Zealand. The RACP is responsible for the training and assessment of doctors and wish to practise as physicians or paediatricians by undergoing further training through the RACP in order to specialise in a certain area of medicine. The RACP oversees their training, including positions in hospitals, and written and clinical examinations as well as providing a program of continuing professional development for Fellows of the RACP.

Australian Medical Association
The Australian Medical Association represents the registered medical practitioners (doctors) and medical students of Australia. We work with the membership to promote and protect the interests of patients. AMA Membership ensures that your interests are represented by the most powerful, independent voice in the medical profession on both State and Federal levels.  The AMA is the peak representative body for all registered medical practitioners and medical students. Students may join the AMA for free.

Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine
The Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) is one of two colleges in Australia that are responsible for setting and arbitrating standards for the medical specialty of general practice. Membership of ACRRM links you with a vibrant and growing network of doctors who share your commitment to providing quality primary health care in rural and remote communities. ACRRM helps you keep pace with educational, professional, and personal demands with relevant services

The Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society (ANZICS)
ANZICS is the peak professional and advocacy body for medical practitioners specialising in the treatment and management of critically ill patients in public and private hospitals. It has one of the largest repositories of intensive care clinical and resource data in the world.  World leaders in intensive care research through Clinical Trials Group and patient databases, the Society is devoted to all aspects of intensive care medical practice through ongoing professional education, provision of leadership in medical settings, clinical research and analysis of critical care resources.

Australian & New Zealand Head and Neck Cancer Society
Membership of the Australian and New Zealand Head and Neck Cancer Society gives multiple opportunities to keep up with the latest clinical and research developments in the field of head and neck oncology as well as access to local and international leading oncological surgeons for specific clinical case questions and issues. You can find out who your fellow members are, what they specialise in and where they are located.

Australian and New Zealand Association of Physicians in Nuclear Medicine (ANZAPNM)
Membership of the ANZAPNM is open to nuclear medicine specialists, trainee specialists (registrars), and other medical specialists with an active interest in nuclear medicine. Becoming a member of the ANZAPNM means you are joining with your colleagues in supporting your association with appropriate recognition and benefits for all nuclear medicine specialists and their patients. The ANZAPNM is the ONLY professional organisation dedicated to the benefit of nuclear medicine specialists and their patients.

The Australian Institute of Medical Scientists (AIMS)
AIMS is the professional association representing medical scientists in all disciplines of pathology working predominantly in hospital and private medical laboratories in Australia. AIMS is involved in establishing and maintaining the high academic and professional standards of medical scientists and provides medical scientists with the opportunity to continually update their professional knowledge through national and state scientific meetings, a scientific journal and newsletters and postgraduate programs, such as the Fellowship.

Australian Physiotherapy Association
The APA is committed to the concept of continuing professional education and requires all members to document evidence of undertaking 100 hours of professional development in any three-year period. The APA offers members advanced training and the possibility of collegial support from physiotherapists working in a similar area through its 14 national groups.

The Australian Society of Anaesthetists (ASA)
The ASA promotes and protects the status, independence and best interests of Australian anaesthetists with its principal foci being the economic, workforce and professional interests of anaesthetists. The ASA’s publications include the international peer review scientific journal, Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, the ASA news and the Relative Value Guide. It conducts an annual National Scientific Congress, and provides Continuing Medical Education events.

The Australasian Medical Writers Association
The Australasian Medical Writers Association Inc was established in 1982 and has approximately 300 members from around Australia, New Zealand and Southeast Asia. Our members include writers and editors who specialise in health and medical articles for the mainstream press, electronic media and publications for health professionals. We also have writers and public relations practitioners who work for hospitals, government departments, health promotion organisations, pharmaceutical companies and a range of other groups with an interest in health and medicine.

Doctors Reform Society of Australia
The DRS functions as a medico-political think tank, a lobby group and a public resource centre. It is not affiliated to any political party, receives no corporate funding, and relies financially on subscriptions and donations. The DRS will speak out against any political party, organisation or individual that threatens public health care. The DRS produces a journal New Doctor and local newsletters. Media releases  are regularly issued. Articles  and letters  from members frequently appear in the press.


Australian Dental Association
The Australian Dental Association is an organisation of dentists which has as its aim the encouragement of the health of the public and the promotion of the art and science of dentistry.  There are Branches of the Association in all States and Territories. Membership is voluntary and over 90% of dentists in Australia are members.

NSW Dental Assistants’ (Professional) Association
We are a group of dedicated dental assistants who give of their time in an honorary capacity. The association was formed more than 50 years ago to work for the general advancement of our members and further the professional, social and industrial welfare of dental assistants and receptionists.


Australasian College of Dermatologists
The Australasian College of Dermatologists is the medical college responsible for the training and professional development of medical practitioners in the specialty of dermatology.  For medical practitioners, the site has information about the College’s training program and the selection and assessment processes; grants and fellowships; procedures for overseas trained dermatologists; and dermatology brochures available for purchase.


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