Health industry associations belong to two broad categories, professional associations and associations of industry segments or sub-sectors. Most of them operate as not-for-profit , for the benefit of their members.
Some associations within the health and aged industry are powerful lobby groups, able to influence government policy, resource allocation, the regulation and registration of their members, educational standards and public opinion. They monitor and influence legislation; identify, examine and take action on issues of significance for members and disseminate information on important issues. They are active in networking, organising conferences, liaising with their counterparts in Australia and other countries, publishing newsletters, websites and other resources for their members and promoting their members / profession / industry segment.
Many associations offer commercial services to their members direct, such as insurance, others negotiate tailored services on attractive terms by external providers.
The Australian health and aged care industry has hundreds of professional and industry associations, some of which are listed in this category.
Sydney, NSW 2000The RACP is a professional organisation with a long history dating back to 1938. The college provides continuing education for its Fellow members, training for doctors wanting to become consultant physicians and paediatricians (in 25 specialities) and promotes quality and standards.
It is the publisher of the Internal Medicine Journal, The Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health.
Melbourne, VIC 3000The Australian Psychological Society is the largest professional association for psychologists in Australia, representing more than 14,000 members. It 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 wellbeing.
SYDNEY, NSW 2000The Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons was established in 1965. Its Mission is to promote excellence in the provision of dental education, continuing professional development and a range of internationally recognised educational qualifications in all aspects of dentistry.
Sydney, NSW 2000The I.A.T. was established in 1974 to train students in the specialty of hair loss and scalp problems under a program developed at the University of Southern California. Graduates become members of the I.A.T.
North Sydney, NSW 2059The Australian Society of Anaesthetists represents Australian anaesthetists. Membership is open to specialist anaesthetist physicians, registrar trainees and non-specialist medical practitioner anaesthetists.
The Australian Society of Anaesthetists is the publisher of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Journal.
Melbourne, VIC 3000The Australian Society of Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy is the professional association for Radiographers, Radiation Therapists and Sonographers. It is the publisher of Spectrum and Radiographer.
Mount Waverley, VIC 3149GESA is a multi-disciplinary professional association of people involved in gastroenterological health and patient care.
Alexandria, NSW 2015The Human Genetics Society of Australasia is a forum for professionals interested in Human Genetics. The society's objectives include raising awareness of human genetics; representing the interests of people and organisations in the field; promoting ethical standards, professional recognition, and research.
Edgecliff, NSW 2027Peak professional association in the medical specialty of urology.
Surry Hills, NSW 2010The RCPA is the leading organisation representing pathologists in Australasia. Its mission is to train and support pathologists and to improve the use of pathology testing to achieve better healthcare.