A new review into the 16 Natural Therapies that were excluded from the Private Health Insurance rebates in April 2019 is being undertaken. In July the Terms of Reference (ToR) for the Review opened, calling for the Industry to submit evidence on the clinical effectiveness of any of the 16 Natural Therapies.
The Review will be conducted in two tranches:
• Tranche one: Naturopathy, Western Herbalism, Yoga, Tai Chi, Pilates and Shiatsu;
• Tranche two: Alexander Technique, Aromatherapy, Bowen Therapy, Buteyko,
Feldenkrais, Homeopathy, Iridology, Kinesiology, Reflexology and Rolfing.
ATMS (My Association – Australian Traditional Medicine Association) recommends that the Review focus on high-quality evidence, such as Randomised Control Trials (RCTs) and N-of-1 Trials, as well as Systematic Reviews. Further, this should not be limited to simply looking at the practice of the modality (which is what they did before) but rather look at the evidence that exists to support the use of Natural Therapies, in terms of vitamins, supplements and
herbs (which they did not do before! Go figure?!)
Charles Wurf, CEO of ATMS, said;
“It is particularly pleasing that the Review panel will
incorporate industry experts in research and clinical practice, and that the Review will cover
all 16 of the natural therapies in two stages.”
Natural Therapies are an important part of health care for many Australians, with 68.9%
using some form of complementary medicine every year. In Australia, there are over 28,000
small businesses in this sector, employing some 35,000 people and generating revenue of
$4.7 billion annually.
Medical research databases, such as PubMed and EBSCO, hold over 2,000 RCTs on herbs
and over 10,000 RCTs on vitamins and minerals ALREADY!
ATMS is the leading professional Natural Therapies association in Australia, representing
over 10,000 practitioners across more than 20 modalities.
The full announcement is available here: https://consultations.health.gov.au/medical-benefits-division/natural-therapies-review-2019-20-membership-and-te/
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