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.
TGA 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.
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.
This 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.
The 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.
The Australian Register of Naturopaths and Herbalists (ARONAH) was established to develop minimum standards of education and practice for naturopathy and herbal medicine. They requested input from all major stakeholders in these professions into the first draft of the following standards and guidelines documents: Code of Conduct; Advertising; CPD; Patient records; Proof of Identity; Insurance requirements; English language proficiency; Criminal history; Recency of practice.
For more information on ARONAH go to www.aronah.org
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.