Existing Associations could work together and form an umbrella body for > Dispelling the Myth about Natural Therapy and promoting the Benefits!
Our Vision: Improving Australia’s health through excellence in preventative health and lifestyle improvement with Natural Therapy Health Care Modalities
Holistic Medicine, Prevention and Wellbeing needs to be embraced by all, to make a real difference to our "Disease and Drug Maintenance" driven Health Care System.
Naturopathy, as well as the other 16 Natural Therapies the NHMRC has rejected, and possibly other modalities, will need to come to the forefront and have a precise outline of their Scope of Practice, to set themselves apart from the medical system, and from un-related attacks, and clearly state their supportive, and active preventative role within the sector of "Improving Health and Lifestyle. - ( examples of Scope of practice for 17 Natural Therapy Modalities )
The concept of Active Prevention can be focused upon, as part of the different care we facilitate. info on Active Prevention)
by ... Dieter Luske
Before Natural Medicine Modalities can be accepted into the the Australian Conventional Health System, it needs to overcome its long standing self-imposed problems of division and alienation between the varied Associations, interest groups, related bodies as well as individuals.
The uncoordinated efforts and disputes within the Natural Therapy sector can be overcome by concentrating on an "Overall Goal and Purpose", as well as a defined scope of practice.
The "NMAB" could be a national peak body for all practitioners and for associations in the Natural Therapy - Complementary Alternative Medicine field in Australia. The mission is to represent the profession to communities and government, and to develop the evidence-base relating to the art and practice of the various modalities and professions like Naturopathy.
The "NMAB" would promote the development, research and practice of All Modalities, BUT also respects and supports the diversity of approaches within the profession.
The Goal could be to protect, advance and achieve recognition for Natural Therapies in General.
The Purpose is to demonstrate our vital role within society that *Natural Therapy has to offer.
Unified Code of Ethics - Code of Conduct - Scope of Practice - based on the Code for "unregistered practitioners".
Public safety is guaranteed under the Code for "unregistered practitioners", as well as the Association's accreditation standards.
Biased research against Natural Therapy, based on Medical System Standards. -
The Natural Therapy System can Only be validated by it's own standards.
One can not compare the 2 systems!
The medical system uses prescription drugs and surgical intervention, which absolutely have to have full evidence and need double blind testing.
The natural system uses natural means and ingestible's.
Misunderstandings or bias by the NHMRC of key Natural Therapies and Naturopathic principles.
Un-focused, uncoordinated responses, and insufficient explanations by Natural Therapy Associations and related bodies.
Each Associations needs to have a spokes person, meeting on a regular basis with other representatives, to dovetail their messages to a possible new formed Natural Medicine Advisory Board..
That New Body could be called the "Natural Medicine Advisory Board - NMAB" (or anything appropriate) and would act as a mediator between the different Associations, as well as "Representative" communicating to the Media, and lobbying the Government.
The NMAB is NOT an Association.
The NMAB is NOT Against anyone, and specifically NOT against an Association or group or regulatory body or political party.
The NMAB specifically will NOT be Against Stat. Registration - Co-Regulation or any other regulation.
TO UNITE, the NMAB will seek to find a mutual, common ground approach, goals and outcomes that can be accepted by all, while giving space to individual bodies for their own specific purpose. ( registration included)
NMAB will outline ideas and recommendation open for discussions, and it will invite everyone to take part, esp Associations, and specific interest groups, including Facebook Groups.
THE NMAB will have Zero power itself, it will be designed strictly for coordination and as Media outlet for our profession, and to lobby the government on behalf of our combined united profession. ( It's a numbers game)
NMAB would also 'attempt' to negotiate between the different factions of interests.
Our 'friends', the "FoSM - Friends of Science in Medicine", and their new president, Professor Ken Harvey AM, are proud to have successfully advocated the removal of private health insurance taxpayer-funded rebates from natural therapies that lacked evidence of efficacy.
We believe, FoSM has "misrepresented" facts, they have used Medical System Standards and applied them to Natural Therapies, which is a deliberate attempt to work against the Natural Therapy System.
Inadvertently FoSM is 'teaching us', of "What NOT to do", and what we can do instead.
Diagnosing Diseases, and misdiagnosing
Marketing of "unnecessary supplements" and non-evidence treatments.
Claiming that there is NO evidence that naturopathic consultations improve health.
Claiming that Naturopaths do NOT ADD anything to the health system, which is not provided already by the medical system.
All these "complaints", are easily explained by Natural Medicine Principles, and by an effective "implemented" Code of Ethics - Conduct and Scope of Practice.
Attempts by some groups to compete against those complaints, which are based on the Medical System Standards are doomed to fail and have failed.
In addition, certain Treatments and Medicines can be demonstrated to be effective for specific condition ..... even so, we as s Naturopaths "are treating the Individual, NOT the Disease".
Terminology: Different systems may use the same or similar terminology, BUT the meaning of it will have changed.
A Natural Medicine Treatment is NOT a Medical Treatment, and should NOT be compared as such.
Task 1: Establishing a "Natural Medicine Advisory Board" - "NMAB".
Task 2: Create a "Code of Ethics - Code of Conduct - Scope of Practice"
Draw up guidelines for the various Natural Therapy Modalities, what to practice and what not. This is seen as the most important task, as most complaints are directed about "treatment claims" - "wrong diagnosis", and "selling supplements for profit", rather than on "patients needs"..
If a strict guideline can be established, and "accredited practitioners" honour those guidelines, many of the complaints would be inconsequential.
Further more, if complaints are made, they would be against someone not following the "Code of Ethics" or generally non-practitioners.
We as a body for Natural Therapy would complain about the same violation made a practitioner ( we would educate - and advice) and therefore will make a "Skeptic" complaint obsolete.
We do have Natural Therapy Association's "Codes of Professional Ethics", however they could be streamlined and extended into "One Code for all", based on the Code of Ethics for "unregistered health practitioners".
Please recognise that we are already under that code, everything we add will make that code even stronger.
Existing Association Codes: (not a comprehensive list)
.... and many more .. probably 60 to 70 associations .. one can see the need for streamlining ...
Natural Therapy Scope of Practice Guidelines Suggestions to be added to the standard Code:
Task 3: Policing - *"Self-Regulation"
We need our own surveillance and policing system .. we need to clean up our own act .. before anyone else can complain"
"Policing" our own industry against violation of guidelines and scope of practice - including supplements marketing.
Volunteers checking clinic and product web-sites for violation, and make recommendations for changes.
Advisory Note: Practitioner and their web-sites that comply to the regulation will get a "Certificate of Ethical Practice".
NOTE*: Self Regulation in above sense stands for "voluntarily" adopting suggested Codes.
Task 4 - Communication - Create unified submissions
Communication needs to be established to relevant government bodies to overcome biased representation against our industry, and also need to be send to political parties to lobby for better representation of Complementary Alternative Medicine.
Communication needs to be collected from each Association's spokes person, combined, streamlined and and presented to a lobbyist or media outlet.
Advisory Note: Documents need to be established, and posted on practitioners web-sites and clinic walls, to show the public that this Clinic or Practitioner belongs to a united Natural Medicine Therapy System - and carries a "Certificate of Ethical Practice". - ( In addition to Association's Accreditation)
Task 5 - Investigations and Responses regarding bias against Natural Therapies
Following up on false claims, corruptions, bullying, conflict of interest cases, unfounded attacks on Natural Practitioners or Natural Therapy Modalities.
Question: Are Government Bodies like the NHMRC biased against Complementary Alternative Medicine?
NHMRC statement of concern:
The NHMRC has been concerned with reports of non-evidence based treatments, including Complementary and Alternative Medicines (CAM), being used to treat conditions that are chronic, serious, or could become serious, in place of evidence-based treatments.
This point needs urgent addressing. It shows bias influence about Natural Therapies.
NOTE: However, that statement makes it clear which points need to be discussed and clarified about Natural Therapies.
SOLUTION: By having unified "Codes of Ethics, Conduct and Scope of Practice", clearly outlining what Natural Therapists do, and specifically "Don't DO", their concerns are addressed and eliminated.
In areas where concerns persists, esp. against specific practitioners or modalities, a policing body instigated by a Natural Medicine Advisory Board, needs to investigate those cases and state loud a nd clearly, that Natural Therapies - Complementary Alternative Medicine - CAM bodies are strictly against any form of fraudulent or misguided treatment or claims.
Particular Concerns which need to be addressed within the Scope of Practice:
... compiled by: Dieter Luske
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