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The Shiatsu Therapy Association of Australia is an independent body, run by members for members by way of a National Council and member input.  All monies collected through fees are used solely for members and the promotion of shiatsu. 

Join the association that supports and promotes shiatsu.

There are 3 types of membership: Registered, Associate and Student.


For practising qualified shiatsu practitioners

Education requirement is a Diploma of Shiatsu and Oriental Therapies from an Australian registered training organisation (HLT50207, HLT50212, HLT52215).

Note: Evidence of continuing education will be required if you graduated more than one year ago or if you are a returning member.

Registered members must have current professional indemnity insurance and Provide First Aid qualifications, and are required to complete 20 hours of continuing education annually.

Annual fee: $230
Joining fee: $70



For individuals who are interested in and supporters of shiatsu therapy and STAA's activities.

Available to practitioners who have full registration with another association who wish to keep in contact with the shiatsu community.

Associate members are not listed as practising on our website.

Annual fee: $85



For students studying the Diploma of Shiatsu & Oriental Therapies at a registered training organisation. 




  • Listing on Find a Therapist on STAA website
  • Access to professional indemnity insurance
  • Biannual shiatsu magazine 
  • Monthly newsletter
  • STAA conference and workshops discounts
  • Professional development opportunities - conferences, workshops and mentoring
  • Access to marketing brochures
  • Promotion of shiatsu to public
  • Involvement in research projects
  • Use of STAA logo for promotional material
  • Access to online Member Portal with past editions of shiatsu magazine, newsletters, member information, videos...


  • STAA conference and workshops discounts
  • Biannual shiatsu magazine 
  • Monthly newsletter
  • Access to online Member portal with past editions of shiatsu magazine, newsletters and videos 
  • Networking and professional development opportunities


  • STAA conference and workshops discounts
  • Biannual shiatsu magazine 
  • Monthly newsletter
  • Access to online Member portal with past editions of shiatsu magazine, newsletters and videos 
  • No joining fee when changing to Registered (saving $70) 

Code of Standards & Ethics

The STAA Code of Standards and Ethics covers:

  • Duty of care
  • Professional conduct
  • Hygiene
  • Confidentiality
  • Patient records
  • Advertising
  • Stationery
  • Breach of Code of Standards and Ethics.

Members are required to sign a declaration that they will comply with the Code.

Continuing Professional Education 

Registered members of STAA must complete a minimum of 20 hours of Continued Professional Education (CPE) activities annually. 

All CPE activities must be directly related to the development of clinical competence and professionalism in shiatsu, or related areas such as TCM, Oriental therapies, counselling skills, business management and development in the running of a shiatsu practice.

Registered Membership Procedure

Join online and send copies of the following documents to 

  • Diploma of Shiatsu and Oriental Therapies HLT50207, HLT50212 or HLT52215*
  • Academic transcript
  • First aid certificate (Provide First Aid)
  • Professional indemnity insurance (if available)

Note: From 1 February 2012, HLT50207 is the minimum qualification required for new registered members. If you have a different shiatsu qualification, you will need to get verification from a registered training organisation that your qualification is equivalent to the current diploma. If you have been a registered (full) member within the past 3 years, you may be able to rejoin upon completion of CPE requirements (contact the office for more information). Evidence of continuing education (10 pts/10 hours per year) is required if you graduated more than one year ago.

Membership Confirmed           

Once you complete the membership application and we receive your documents, we will confirm your membership and issue you with a membership number. 

With this number you will be able to apply for professional indemnity insurance.

Insurers who specialise in insurance for natural therapists include:

03 9211 3000

Insurance House
1300 305 834

Arthur J Gallagher 
1800 222 012

Professional Indemnity Insurance           

  • Send insurance application form with payment to insurance broker - a minimum of $1,000,000* cover is required. 
  • You will be issued with a certificate of currency stating the period of insurance and coverage
  • Forward a copy of your certificate of currency to the STAA office to fully activate your membership.

Find a Therapist

Once we receive your insurance certificate, we will put your practice details on Find a Therapist. 

Call or Email Us:

 0411 273 270
 Tuesdays & Thursdays

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