Government & Industry Submissions

 Representing the interests of NHAA members and the professions of Western herbal medicine and naturopathy, the NHAA Board regularly works on submissions to Government and related industry bodies in a range of areas. See below for more information and copies of the submissions.

HCCC Parliamentary enquiry into the promotion of false and misleading health-related information or practices - December 2013

The Committee on the Health Care Complaints Commission (HCCC) called for submissions addressing their enquiry into the promotion of false or misleading health-related information or practices. 

Download: HCCC call for submissions and terms of reference 

Download: NHAA Response into HCCC Inquiry

CSHISC - Alignment of Complementary and Alternative Health Qualifications to the Australian Qualification Framework - October 2013

As part of a review of the Complementary & Alternative Health (CAH) qualifications in the Health Training Package (HLT07), the Community Services & Health Industry Skills Council (CSHISC) asked for feedback on qualification alignment.

Download: CSHISC Discussion Paper: Alignment of CAH qualifications to the AQF

Download: NHAA Response to the CSHISC Alignment of CAH qualifications to the AQF

See the CSHISC update and request for further feedback December 2013

TGA Advertising Proposal - July 2013

green paper peopleTGA proposal to amend regulations on advertising therapeutic goods to the general public. This could also affect other health professionals, including naturopaths and herbalists. The consultation documents can be found at www.tga.gov.au/newsroom/consult-advertising-ris-130531.htm. Concerns regarding this proposal relate to Point 7 (pg 28) Advertising directed to health professionals and Proposal 6 (pg 42) which relates to this. Also Proposal 5, which relates to Advertising of higher risk medical devices. The NHAA and indivdual members put it submissions on this consultation. 

Download: NHAA Submission to TGA Advertising Consultation.pdf

There was much discussion and uncertainty around this proposal and we encourage you to read the rest of this article for an overview of the facts, links to more information, and details on what you can do including a proforma letter you can use to make your own submission. 

Read more: TGA Advertising Proposal - July 2013

ARONAH Competency Guidelines consultation - May 2013

AronahThis was the second stage of ARONAHs development of their standards and guidelines and they have called for consultation on their proposed competency guidelines. More info on the consultation process can be found at: http://www.aronah.org/current-consultations/. Click on the links below for copies of NHAA's submission documents and ARONAH's categories of registration.

NHAA_ARONAH_Standards_and_Guidelines.pdf

ARONAH_Limited-Registration_NHAAcomments.pdf

ARONAH_General-Registration-NHAAcomments.pdf

Categories-of-registration.pdf  

Permitted indications for listed medicines March 2013

herbs  pillsThe Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) is part of the Government Dept of Health and Ageing and regulates complementary medicines (CM's), including managing the listing of these on the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG). The TGA is seeking to improve the integrity of the certifications process for listing CM's on the ARTG by finalising the permitted (coded) indications that can be used, in order to limit the use of inappropriate claims and indications. Feedback was sought from the industry on the proposed changes to the method in which indications are included on the ARTG. They posed some general questions relating to the proposed changes and also sought industry specific information on the key issues of the consultation with regards to whether or not the proposed changes were supported.

Download: Consultation document: Permitted indications for listed medicines

Download: NHAA Submission: Permitted indications for listed medicines 

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