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.
The 2012-2013 Federal budget included proposed changes to the regulatory framework of private health insurance and announced a review of the PHI rebate for natural therapies. For practitioners, this meant the eligibility of various modalities would be reviewed to ascertain if the Government should continue to subsidise health fund rebates for those with PHI. I.e. patients may no longer be able to claim for services such as naturopathy and herbal medicine from their private health insurer.
The NHAA did not do a submission to the TGA on this issue for a number of reasons. Some members also expressed concerns that this will lead to a similar situation as has been experienced in the UK and America.
The AHMAC paper “Options for the regulation of unregistered practitioners”, sought comments on the adequacy of current protection available for consumers who use the services of unregulated health practitioners, including naturopaths and western herbalists. Options outlined for consideration were to make no changes to current mechanisms, to strengthen self regulatory arrangements, or to strengthen health complaints mechanisms.
Download: AHMAC Submission
To comment on the Implementation of Model Drug Schedule for Commonwealth Serious Drug Offences. This discussion paper sought comment on various points including classification of some nutritional substances (such as minerals), as drug precursors and the expanded list of plant species under the model schedule for controlled plants. NHAA expressed concern that the paper cast a very wide net and had the potential to cause legitimate users of plants and some minerals to become criminals in the conduct of their daily lives. Enactment of this draft legislation would put many of our members outside the law simply because they practice herbal and nutritional medicine.
Download: Criminal Law Enforcement submission
To the Vocational Education & Training Accreditation Board in response to review of Health Training Package 07. To outline concerns expressed by our accredited course providers in relation to both HLT 07 content and current auditing processes. Also forwarded to the CS&H Industry Skills Council as part of the continuous improvement process for HLT 07.
Download: VETAB submission