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STAA upholds the highest professional standards of practice.

Registered Shiatsu Therapists are fully qualified, have current insurance and first aid, and complete continuing professional education annually.


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You are your best body of evidence and you now have the opportunity to reclaim responsibility for your healthcare.

The federal government passed legislation to remove natural therapy rebates, including shiatsu. This took effect on 1 April 2019.

On April 7, Health Minister Greg Hunt announced a new review into natural therapies. 

Meanwhile, health funds do have an option to include natural therapies as an incentive.  If you are a shiatsu therapist or a shiatsu client, contact your health fund now to voice your support for keeping health fund benefits for shiatsu.

Sign the Your Health Your Choice petition to register your support for natural therapies and the call for a Senate inquiry into the review.

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  What is STAA?

The Shiatsu Therapy Association of Australia (STAA) is the peak body representing professionally trained shiatsu therapists across Australia.

STAA is dedicated to ensuring members meet the highest standards of training and practice; increasing public awareness of shiatsu; and supporting and representing members through a national network.

Our vision is for shiatsu to be a recognised element of an integrated healthcare system.

Benefits of shiatsu

Shiatsu is used to maintain and restore health.  It is an effective preventative therapy suitable for all ages. Shiatsu can:

  • stimulate circulation
  • strength the body
  • promote relaxation
  • alleviate pain and discomfort
  • support the body back to its natural balance
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Upcoming events

Empower & Engage with Shiatsu

2019 STAA conference

24-27 May
Burleigh Heads, Qld


This 3-day conference covers a broad application of treatments --Alzheimer's and brain injury, oncology, trauma-related conditions, child and teenage clients, diet, digestion and breath dysfunction.

To support our studies and round out the experience, we will offer morning chanting, meridian stretches, guided shiatsu swaps and evening meditation.

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Latest news

Updated review of natural therapies announced 

7 April 2019

Health Minister Greg Hunt has announced an updated review of "certain" natural therapies, including a five-year update to the 2014-15 review.

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