Australasian Ayurvedic Practitioners Association
AAPA is the Australasian Ayurvedic Practitioners Association. It is a non-profit organisation.
It was founded by Dr. S Ajit B.A.M.S, P.C.A.S (India) in 1998 and has as its patron, Professor Kulkarni B.A.M.S, (India) FIIM.MD (AOU) Ayurved-Varidhi (PhD). Shanti Gowans is the current president of AAPA.
Shanti Gowans is the PEO of the Health institute Australia, Queensland Australia and the author of over 33 books including
• Ayurveda for Health and Wellbeing
• Ayurvedic Cooking
• Yoga and Ayurveda Dictionary
• Food for Life - Ayurvedic recipes: food for health, food as medicine, food to enjoy
• Healthy Body - Structure and functions of the human body and the effects of Ayurveda and Yoga practices on it.
The aims of AAPA are:
- To promote and popularise the Ayurvedic system of health care in the community.
- To educate and help people; to promote their wellbeing and health in a natural way.
- To safeguard the interest of Ayurveda in Australasia.
- To assist practitioners of the Ayurvedic system to come together under one umbrella.
- To organise seminars and meetings and to share experience and knowledge.
- To uphold and maintain appropriate standards of Ayurvedic practice.
Reasons to join AAPA
- Information. Be kept up-to-date with information, news and developments about your field and profession. You receive by email, 4 newsletter a year. These include current news on Ayurveda, informative articles, information about current courses, workshops and seminars available to members.
- Professional Development. Access to professional development resources.
- Networking. Network with others in your field. Be connected with like-minded professionals and the industry.
- Credibility. Gain credibility nationally and internationally.
- Professional Commitment. Demonstrate your commitment to your profession.
- Recognition. Recognition, accreditation available for members that hold relevant qualifications.
- Professional Practice. Be associate with a strong Code of Ethics.
Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
Ayurveda involves development of the whole person which can take the form of lifelong studies in personal and professional development. CPD is for the benefit of all members, their clients and patients, and for the betterment of Ayurveda. AAPA suggests a CPD program of 20 credit points per annum, of which 15 points are specific to further Ayurvedic study and 5 points for personal development which assists in professionalism.
The CPD policy at AAPA can be accomplished in a flexible manner, which allows the study to be undertaken with respect to an individual's needs and abilities. This can include:
Institution based study - any suitable course offered by an Institute with formal assessment procedures
Group study - courses, training, seminars, workshops, peer review meetings.
Self directed study - courses, teaching, research, independent learning.
Credit poibts: 1 hour = 1 point
The criteria to be recognised as a provider by a health fund (and therefore for your client to claim a rebate for your services) varies from one health fund to the next. Please note: Some health funds do not recognise students that have studied predominantly via distance / online learning.
The AAPA Team
All who serve the Association, and those on the Advisory Board serve as volunteers, sharing their expertise, knowledge and experience with all, promoting preventative health globally whilst acknowledging the natural health tradition from India. We are all working towards the same goal, spreading the ancient wisdom to modern times, where the practice, education and science of Ayurveda has taken a quantum leap. We welcome your input and assistance in promoting Ayurveda.
Letter from the President
I am Shanti Gowans, and I invite you to contact me at my website here if you would like to learn more and travel down this healing journey with us.
I believe in wellness naturally. The natural health practices and methods of uniting the worlds of Yoga, Meditation and Ayurveda provide the best options to live a healthy life. These paths share a common understanding that all disease is rooted in the mind's disharmony with one's heart and it is a special time for the emergence of Yoga, Meditation and Ayurveda throughout the health and wellness industry. Leveraging the authentic heritage of these disciplines from my Indian origins, together with the modern voice of Australian leadership, through the support of the Health Institute Australia, we aim to contribute substantially towards preventative, curative and promotive health care via our educational, inspirational and motivational programs, and our ministry of healing. Through the efforts of our alumni, our work at the Institute and with the blessings from AAPA, we can all contribute to the larger sustainability of our planet's resource, its people.
Be well. Be happy. Be blessed.
With love and namaste,
International Ayurvedic Practitioner and Consultant.
Do write to us or contact us for an online or skype consultation.
Medibank Private and other Heath fund rebates available.
P.O. Box 2070, Southport B.C. Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia 4215
Ph: +61 (0) 7 5531 0511