Membership 
 

 

MAA “YOUR ADVANTAGE.  YOUR ASSOCIATION”

Therapist In Training Membership$44

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  • No Voting Rites
  • Administration Feehas been waived
  • Ideal for Students
  • No in Professional Practice

Health & Wellbeing Professional Membership$270

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  • Member Voting Rites
  • Non-Accredited Professional
  • Discounted Professional Indemnity Insurance
  • Free website listing

Accredited Professional Membership$370

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  • Therapeutic, Remedial, Myotherapy Therapist
  • Accredited with Health Funds
  • Discounted Professional Indemnity Insurance
  • Free website listing

WHO CAN BECOME A MEMBER?

Any person who has qualified with a certificate or diploma in a massage modality issued by a reputable school or institution known to us, can apply for MAA membership.  This applies to schools and institutions in Australia or overseas.  We request that the applicant submit copies of their documentation and where necessary, an official translation.

If we are in doubt about the standards or bona fides of the school/institution attended we have the option to ask the applicant to follow an appropriate course with a specified school.

EXPECTATIONS OF MAA MEMBERS

EXPECTATIONS OF MAA MEMBERS

We expect from our members that they:

                (i)           Display the membership certificate and Code of Conduct clearly visible in their practice room

                (ii)          Abide by the Code of Practice / Conduct

                (iii)         Conduct their practice in a holistic manner

                (iv)         Participate in the activities of MAA as fully as possible, and

                (v)          Abide by the Rules of the Association.

WHAT HAPPENS TO YOUR APPLICATION?

In most cases applications will be processed within 2-3 weeks of receipt.  Upon acceptance you will receive a membership certificate and a  'welcome pack'.  Members applying for accreditation will also receive an accreditation certificate and their details submitted to participating Health Funds for provider status.  NOTE:  Specific Education Criteria conditions applies to requests for listing with Medibank Private & HCF.  Education must match the specified requirements for each Health Fund.  Education delivery must be a minimum of 12 months duration for Diploma of Remedial Massage graduates.  Each Health Fund has specific requirements for eligibility to be listed on the Health Fund register.  Accredited Members: The agreements (Terms and Conditions) for each Health Fund is between the Therapist and the Health Fund.  Each Health Fund may remove a therapists Provider number at any time that the Health Fund determines the therapist has not adhered to the specific Terms and Conditions required of them.  A therapist may appeal directly to the Health Fund if their Provider Number is removed.

Sending Applications to the Office:

Applications can be scanned and emailed, faxed or posted to the office.  Members local to the Office are welcome to drop in between the hours of 9:00 am and 4:00pm and have their Application processed within a couple of hours.  Local Cafes and shops are located conveniently nearby.

Suite 39, L1 93 Wells Rd, Chelsea Heights VIC 3196

Phone: (03) 9773 1881

Fax: (03) 9773 4109

Email: office@maa.org.au

Physical Location:  Suite 39, L1 93 Wells Rd. Chelsea Heights  Vic  3196

                                     

To avoid delays in processing:

Please ensure Fee paying information and copies of educational qualifications and current First Aid Certificates are attached to support your application, with certified translations to accompany foreign language documents for Health & Wellbeing Membership.  Accredited Membership levels and all Renewals must also ensure that they have attached a copy of their Current Insurance Policy.

WELCOME PACK FOR NEW MEMBERS

A new members "welcome pack"  is forwarded to all members upon joining.  We recommend this be retained as it contains the following important information relevant to the association and to the massage profession:

  • Membership certificate and tax receipt

  • Code of Conduct

  • Accreditation information and forms

  • Health Fund company information (included with Accreditation information pack)

  • Insurance House information 

 

 FEE STRUCTURE

All fees quoted are inclusive of GST

MEMBERSHIP FEES

Affordable and very competitive

MAA membership renewal fees are lower than other massage associations because there is a clear focus on providing practitioner essentials and operating on a lower cost base.  Membership categories are:

Therapist in Training                

Health & wellbeing

Accredited Therapeutic

Accredited Remedial

Accredited Myotherapy

Members Refund Policy 

CREDIBILITY

In the eyes of clients and peers

The MAA is a multi modality association catering for massage practitioners who have gained qualifications from a range of Australian and international institutions.  The MAA helps members be successful professionals by assisting them to stay abreast of developments in the industry, and the MAA’s core policy regarding the welfare of and offering value to members remains paramount.  Membership provides access to:

Industry information and advice

Continuing Education

Publications

Competitive insurance

INSURANCE

Low cost premiums up to 50% less

A requirement for all levels of membership is to take out appropriate insurance to best protect their interests.  Insurance House is delighted to be the insurance provider for MAA members for the seventh year running.  The product is a true market leader for hands on modalities massage practitioners and offers comprehensive cover.  Importantly, $20 million cover is provided for three policies in one:

Malpractice Insurance

Public Liability Insurance

Goods sold and supplied insurance

 

It is the responsibility of members to arrange appropriate insurance cover.  An outstanding and competitive insurance product has been set up for members only by Insurance House under the MAA Master Policy.

The Insurance application form is included (sent to you) with the Member application form for all Members except Therapists in Training and must be returned to the office along with the Membership application form and attachments. MAA will apply the Membership Number and forward the Insurance Appliction form to Insurance House.  Insurance House will send you your Policy.

Details of the product and modalities covered can be viewed under "Insurance" .

Insurance House

Level 3, 100 Wellington Parade,

East Melbourne  Vic  3002

For further information, call 1300 659 626

 

FIRST AID REQUIREMENTS

All Members:  It is mandatory for all new and existing members to hold a current First Aid Level 2 Certificate.  

 

Level
 
Fee
 
Type
 
Who should Apply?
 
Membership Requirement
 
Voting Rites
 
How do I Renew my Subscription?
Therapist in Traintrain $44 Not in Professional Practice Enrolled in FT study massage and related modalities from Cert IV to Bachelor Degree Completed and signed application
Letter evidence of enrolment
Current First Aid Certificate
Insurance (free MAA Insurance being accepted as a Member)
No By Invitation
Health and Wellbeing Practitioner $270 Non Accreddited Professional Practicing This entry level is most suited to therapists applying with MAA approved Overseas Qualifications, pr National Training Couirses (2002), therapists with qualifications issued by non RTO delivered courses not listed on the national training register or with old State Training qualifications not recognised by Health Funds, therapist not wishing to provide services for Health Fund rebates, HLT quallified massage therapists having completed education by 100% Distance Learning, HLT Qualified massage therapists not in Private Practice i.e. working for an entity receiving subsidy for therapy for their clients/patients. Completed and signed application
Qualification Certificate/s
Current First Aid Certificate
Eligible to apply for PI & PL Insurance (Recommended MAA Members only Policy
$20M on being accepted as a Member).
Commiment to Annual Continuing Professional Education (CPE)
Yes By Invitation
Therapeutic, Remedial, Myotherapy Practitioner $370 Accredited Professional Practicing This entry level is most suited to therapists wishing to apply for recognition as Health Fund Providers. Applicants must have achieved the AQF Qualifications of HLT Certificate IV in Massage, HLT Diploma of Redmedial Massage, Advanced Diploma of Myotherapy or an equivalent University Degree in Myotherapy.
Certificatess/Testamurs must be issued by a Recognised Training Organisation(RTO) with the qualification listed on their Scope of Registration.
Completed and signed application Required
Qualification Certificate/Testamur
Current FA Certificate
Eligible to apply for PI & PL Insurance (Recommended MAA Members only Policy
$20M on being accepted as a Member).
Commitment to Annual Continuing Professional Education (CPE)
Additional required for HF application:
  • Signed Declaration
  • Letter from Recognised Training Organisation (RTO)
Yes By Invitation

Excluded from Membership:

Therapist working in the Sex Industry - Recommended to apply to join one of the Adult Services Associations

I want to join MAA - Where can I find a copy of the Application form?  Send an email to office@maa.org.au to request your copy