Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) Australia: Urgent! Don’t outlaw Naturopaths

EMERGENCY-Potential to wipe out the whole natural therapies/alternative therapies in Australia and hand it over to the medical field – health experts who have very little training in nutrition, supplements or other therapies (at best, a few hours in ‘training’ which is little more than product promotion.   Well established professionals are being targeted silently – and not so silently (in courts and media). No one is immune – newer graduates, if they do not tow the ‘evidence-based’ line, will follow.   
For decades, we have been prevented from advertising, and it has been enforced legally to prohibit full disclosure of uses of our therapies – this is why you are led to believe there are no cures in alternative medicine – cure is just one of the words we are prevented from using.

Even our titles are being eroded – ‘complimentary’ ‘alternative’ – names inflicted by mainstream to keep us on the fringe. Even our original titles ‘traditional’ ‘preventative’ and so on are no longer legally ours.

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Urgent-has the potential to wipe out the whole natural therapies/alternative therapies in Australia and hand it over to the medical field – health experts who have very little training in nutrition, supplements or other therapies (at best, a few hours in ‘training’ which is little more than product promotion.

Well established professionals are being targeted silently – and not so silently (in courts and media). No one is immune – newer graduates, if they do not tow the ‘evidence-based’ line, will follow.

For decades, we have been prevented from advertising, and it has been enforced legally to prohibit full disclosure of uses of our therapies – this is why you are led to believe there are no cures in alternative medicine – cure is just one of the words we are prevented from using.

Even our titles are being eroded – ‘complimentary’ ‘alternative’ – names inflicted by mainstream to keep us on the fringe. Even our original titles ‘traditional’ ‘preventative’ and so on are no longer legally ours.   Please join us for health discussions at https://www.facebook.com/groups/chrysalisintegratedhealth/ 

Urgent!  July 12, 2013 the TGA plans to ABOLISH Australian Naturopaths receiving advertising about therapeutic supplements, advising about or prescribing the products to their clients and severely restrict the use of ‘Tools of the Trade’ such as blood testing. This will effectively delete the industry as such products form the basis of Naturopaths providing safe and successful treatment for their clients, as well as maintaining financial viability in the market place. The reason for such action?

Despite degree level science based tertiary Naturopathic education, the TGA quotes that they cannot be sure that Naturopaths are qualified to give such information or prescriptions. 

What is the TGA’s alternative?

Hand over such prescribing to other health professionals registered under Australia's NRA (National Registration Authority). This includes podiatrists, dental hygienists and a range of other professionals typically non-qualified to give such advice and prescriptions. This is an issue of threat to public safety, and incredible arrogance and injustice to the Naturopathic Industry, despite the industry performing a vital role in maintaining people's health without costing the public health system a cent.  Note that Naturopaths typically receive rigorous education in Australia prior to qualification, and are subject to ongoing annual educational standards and regulatory measures via their professional organisations. The TGA is proposing this regulatory change with no fanfare and a very short time for the public to respond (by July 12th 2013).

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July 12, 2013 the TGA plans to ABOLISH Australian Complimentary health professionals from receiving advertising about therapeutic supplements, advising about or prescribing the products to their clients and severely restrict the use of ‘Tools of the Trade’ such as live blood testing, infra red imaging and bioresonance. This will effectively delete the industry as such products form the basis of Naturopaths providing safe and successful treatment for their clients, as well as maintaining financial viability in the market place.





The reason for such action?  Every year for decades, each time a therapy or product has been banned or restricted, sufficient doubt is planted by medical/pharmaceutical groups until the new ‘discovery’ of the same – allowing orthodox medicine to be the sole users of the previously banned ideals. Despite degree level science based tertiary Naturopathic education, the TGA quotes that they cannot be sure that Naturopaths are qualified to give such information or prescriptions – despite doctors turning in droves to weekend warrior workshops to learn such adjuvants to their work. Similarly, pharmacies now dedicate a large portion of their stock to natural therapies – allowing untrained assistants to offer often-dangerous advice. 





What is the TGA’s alternative?





Hand over such prescribing to other health professionals registered under Australia's NRA (National Registration Authority). This includes podiatrists, dental hygienists and a range of other professionals typically non medically-qualified to give such advice and prescriptions. This is an issue of threat to public safety, and incredible arrogance and injustice to the Naturopathic industry, despite the industry performing a vital role in maintaining people's health without costing the public health system a cent.  Note that Naturopaths typically receive rigorous education in Australia prior to qualification, and are subject to ongoing annual educational standards and regulatory measures via their professional organisations. The TGA is proposing this regulatory change with no fanfare and a very short time for the public to respond (by July 12th 2013).





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