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.
To the Australian Register of Naturopaths and Herbalists Steering Committee giving in principle support to the establishment of an independent register of naturopaths and herbalists.
Download: ARONAH submission
To the National Health and Hospitals Reform Commission in response to their interim report, A Healthier Future for all Australians, released in December 2008. Expressing support for the themes of the report: Taking responsibility; Connecting care; Facing inequities; Driving quality performance, and relating these to the need for greater integration of herbalists and naturopaths into the Australian health care system.
Download: NHHRC submission
The NHHRC website has a summary or an overview of the report as well as the complete document.
A short submission to the Government's 2020 Summit (submissions were limited to 500 words) promoting greater use of complementary medicine practitioners in the future of Australian health care. We also nominated 2 board members as participants in the Summit and one was accepted (Lesley Braun).
Download: 2020 Summit submission
To the Social Development Committee of the South Australian Parliament, on Bogus, Unregistered and Deregistered Health Practitioners. In response to their enquiry into such practitioners following media reports. Two board members were also invited to give a presentation. The NHAA submission discusses the current state of unregistered practitioners in Australia, highlights the high standards of NHAA practitioner members and how these practitioners are also brought into disrepute by bogus practitioners and the benefits of regulation to help stop these people from preying on the sick and vulnerable.
To the Australian Government in response to the draft Private Health Insurance (Accreditation) Rules released in February 2008. In support of the new rules, specifically that all aspects of rule 10(a) which relates to herbalists and naturopaths, are already followed and implemented by the NHAA.