Introducing AFHTI

The Australian Foundation for Healing Touch Inc (AFHTI) is a non-profit membership and educational organisation established in 1997 to administer and coordinate the expansion of Healing Touch in Australia.

Our Vision

Bring, inspiration and innovation for healing and wellness through energy therapy.

Our Mission is to:

  • Support Practitioners to provide heart-felt healing service to individuals.

  • Create opportunities to encourage complementary therapists to incorporate Healing Touch into their healing practice.

  • Design and deliver innovative activities for communities to embrace energy healing.

  • Provide education to support Practitioners in building successful businesses.

  • Develop and expand communication networks for students and Practitioners.

  • Encourage and maintain support for ongoing research projects related to energy therapy.

AFHTI Management

AFHTI is administered by an elected Board of Management.

The Board is made up of experienced AFHTI members from across Australia.

The AFHTI President/Chair also leads an enthusiastic team of coordinators who liaise with members and board members on education, promotion and member/Practitioner support functions.

Key Functions of AFHTI

We are responsible for providing Healing Touch training within the required curriculum and for encouraging Practitioners to work within the Code of Ethics and International Standards of Practice set by Healing Beyond Borders.

We provide and facilitate training with an emphasis on the support of our members and ongoing research to better provide the best techniques possible. As such we offer scholarship funding for courses and research projects.

The Foundation also provides a volunteer network to expand the work of Healing Touch in hospitals, aged care facilities and more. The goal is to empower people of all ages to activate the innate wisdom of the body to self regulate and heal all aspects of the self.

The Healing Beyond Borders HTI Healing Touch Certificate Program is approved by the American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA) as a continuing education approved provider.

The Australian Traditional-Medicine Society (ATMS) and Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) recognise AFHTI course graduates with Continued Professional Education/Development points.

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AFHTI Annual Conference

Every year AFHTI members and guests gather for a National Conference, and every four years we celebrate an Australasian conference with our neighbours Healing Touch New Zealand.

In 2020 we held our first 'virtual conference' as we were not able to gather in person. Our 2021 conference will also be online (see Events for details).

Our 2019 National Conference was held in Port Macquarie and featured many outstanding speakers and a variety of activities and events. Delegates were invited to join AFHTI "on a journey of learning, personal development and fun as the group came together to explore the art of connection".

Keynote Speakers included author and former Aust Executive Woman of the Year Catherine De Vrye, and US Oncologist and Complimentary Therapist, Dr Beth DuPree; here is a link to a video of Beth's presentation.

Other guest speakers included Dr Warwick Hain, Rhonda Radley, Dr Rosalie Van Aken, Lisa Willows, Di Bannister and Dr Simon Mervyn-Jones.

Port Macquarie was an ideal conference location, and visitors made the most of the opportunity to enjoy a river cruise, nature walk or Tai Chi by the water.

The conference also provided the chance for members to re-aquaint themselves with old friends or to make new ones.

A hightlight of the Conference Dinner was the presentation of Life Membership to former president and long-term AFHTI leader and inspiration Betty Green.

Feedback from participants included the following comments;

“Wonderful programme; enlightening, informative and always inspiring.”

“Fantastic variety throughout. Great speakers; excellent conference.”

“An illuminating, valuable experience; such wisdom for future developments in healing.”

More memories from the conference are included on our Facebook page, where a video montage captures some of the highlights and fun times.

Congratulations to the 2019 conference organisation team on a job well done!

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AFHTI Code of Ethics

All AFHTI Practitioners operate under the International Code of Ethics.

This code ensures Healing Touch clients/participants receive treatment in a safe, clear-boundary environment and that Healing Touch practitioners use good judgment regarding the application of the Healing Touch therapies.

Touch is appropriate for client needs and is non-sexual. Clients are clothed in most therapy contexts or appropriately draped.

All treatment findings are documented under Healing Touch practice guidelines.

Confidentiality of the client is respected at all times and data is stored in such a way as to protect client anonymity. This data will not be used beyond the caring for the client unless permission is obtained in writing.

Healing Touch Practitioners work with the Core Values of:

  • Integrity

  • Heart-Centeredness

  • Respect of Self and Others

  • Self Care

  • Service

  • Community

  • Unconditional Love

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