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Private Health Insurance (PHI) Update

Private Health Insurance (PHI) Update

The NHAA has continued its participation in this review to ensure that the outcome is positive for all Australian Naturopaths and Herbalists. The process is continuing but is taking longer than originally anticipated. Below are the key takeaways from the most recent NTREAP (Natural Therapies Review Expert Advisory Panel) Stakeholder meeting.

  • The most recent NTREAP (Natural Therapies Review Expert Advisory Panel) stakeholder meeting was held on the 20th of August, 2021. The Natural Therapies Working Committee noted that further extended time frames for the Review would now be late 2022, with a significant proportion of the delays exacerbated by the pandemic.
  • The Western herbal medicine search protocol has been finalised and is available here.
  • Naturopathy continues to be a work in progress however, with much consideration as to which tools of trade should be included. Ultimately it was decided that the naturopathy executive summary won’t include yoga, iridology or homeopathy. The Natural Therapies Working Committee has decided to only include core modalities taught in Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) approved curriculums. Now that this has been finalised, we should shortly have a publicly available protocol.
  • NTREAP also made it clear that the review process is very different to the 2015 review and is significantly more rigorous.

We understanding your frustrations with this review’s extended timeframe. The NHAA will keep you updated on the process and any developments as we learn more.