The virus, which originated in Wuhan, China, has now spread to nations worldwide. While Health officials continue to advise that the risk to Australians is low, Naturopaths should inform themselves of the information available from the following credible organizations and be prepared to report and/or advise patients accordingly.
The WHO provides detailed information and daily updates at: https://www.who.int/westernpacific/emergencies/novel-coronavirus
The Australian Government Department of Health provides information for a range of situations including for Health Professionals on the use of Personal Protective Equipment and the use of Surgical Masks notably “Surgical masks in the community are only helpful in preventing people who have coronavirus disease from spreading it to others. If you are well, you do not need to wear a surgical mask as there is little evidence supporting the widespread use of surgical masks in healthy people to prevent transmission in public.”
It is also important Practitioners remain careful they do not breach guidelines set out by the TGA around the supply or advertising of good or services in relation to COVID-19 specifically “Any representation made in the advertising of therapeutic goods which refers to novel coronavirus (explicitly or by implication) is a 'restricted representation' and cannot be used without prior approval from the TGA”.
The World Naturopathic Federation has prepared a public document outlining the background, symptoms, transmission, and prevention for the COVID-2019 (Click here to access). The WNF is in the process of preparing a professional guide: "Supportive Care for Respiratory Infections", which the NHAA will post on the member portal when it becomes available.
The NHAA will continue to monitor the progression of the virus and will update members on any significant developments.
The AGM was held last Monday, 21 October 2019. Thank you to the members who attended, sent in a Proxy and who sent in their apologies. Your ongoing support is greatly appreciated.
MInutes of the meeting will be available in due course.
2019-2021 NHAA Board of Directors
As a result of a ballot the elected candidates to fill the four (4) Executive Director positions are as follows:
Di, Kathleen and David have stepped up for a further 2 year term on the Board and Fiona becomes the Board’s newest member. They will join Shona Taranto, Sally Mathrick, Tobey Pinder and Hannah Boyd who continue on the Board.
Natalie Cook has stood down as President of the NHAA and from the board after reaching the end of her term (as per the NHAA constitution). Natalie has served on the board for six years, so a massive thank you Natalie for all your hard work.
Thank you to all members who were nominated and to those members who nominated you. The strength of the NHAA is in its members and their commitment to the growth and future of the Association.
The Board (and subcommittees) are made up of passionate members who have a broad set of skills, knowledge and expertise. Board profiles and photos will be updated on our website in the next month.