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.
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.
In response to a Consultation Discussion Paper from the Ministerial Council on Education, Employment, Training and Youth Affairs (MCEETYA) and the Joint Committee on Higher Education (JCHE). The paper was about ways to promote greater national consistency in the recognition and accreditation of higher education institutions and courses, by describing and assessing current arrangements in each jurisdiction and canvassing options for improvement, including models for a national accreditation body.
Download: Higher Education Accreditation Body submission
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