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 Treasurer outlining strategies for the reduction of the PBS by appropriate use of herbal and naturopathic treatments. Also requesting an investment of part of these savings into registration of herbalists and naturopaths, clinical research and reform of the TGA.
Download: Prebudget submission
To NSW Health regarding the development of a Code of Conduct for unregistered health practitioners.
To the Office of Chemical Safety regarding restrictions to the importation of Kava. The NHAA considers that Kava (Piper methysticum) should be available to qualified practitioners via licensed importers able to supply certificates of analysis for the herb, to ensure that the supplied dry plant materials meets TGA requirements in respect to whole or peeled root only. The NHAA believes that Herbalists recognised by the Australian Tax Office as members of professional associations or holders of a Therapeutic Goods Administration advertising exemption certificate should be recognised by the Office of Chemical Safety as persons allowed to access Kava from licensed importers, for medicinal use.
Download: Kava Safety submission
To the New Zealand Ministry of Health in support of the New Zealand Association of Medical Herbalists, to propose that herbal medicine become a regulated profession under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003.
Download: Regulation of NZ Herbalists submission
To the Victorian Dept of Human Services regarding the La Trobe University Report: The Practice and Regulatory Requirements of Naturopathy and Western Herbal Medicine. The NHAA strongly supports and endorses the recommendations made in the report and believes the report should be disseminated widely through the auspices of the Australian Health Minister’s Conference (AHMC), the Australian Health Minister’s Advisory Council (AHMAC) and the Council of Australian Government (COAG) to ensure a coordinated and standard national approach to regulation.
Download: La Trobe Report submission
The full La Trobe Report is available on the Victorian Govt health Dept site.