Government Reports

Below a selection of reports by the Government and regulatory bodies, and submissions by the AHA regarding matters which have an impact on the homœopathic profession.

  • Australian Health Ministers' Advisory Council (AHMAC) Consultation Paper

    Download PDF AHMAC Consultation Paper: Options for regulation of unregistered health practitioners [2011]

    The AHA provided a submission to the consultation process, which recommended a national statutory code of conduct for unregistered health practitioners. This code, together with current requirements set by private health insurers, would provide a good regulation framework. Within this framework, practitioners already need to be qualified to practice and the HCCC (NSW) and equivalent agencies in other states already provide the structure for processing complaints from the public. The AHA further stated that it strongly recommends an additional step of having Government recognition of the current framework for homœopaths.

    The full submission text can be found in the Professional members section on this website.

    Download PDF The final AHMAC report was published in April 2013

  • TGA Consultation Paper - 2008

    Download PDF TGA Consultation Paper: Regulation of Homœopathic & Anthroposophic Medicines in Australia [2008]

    The AHA responded to the TGA's invitation to stakeholders to comment on the proposed regulations by making a detailed representation. In summary the AHA stated its concerns that "The changes would directly affect optimal prescriptions to clients. It is vital that access to homœopathic medicines is not compromised as homœopaths are obliged to exercise duty of care to their patients." and that "A great majority of medicines currently available to practitioners under the current regulatory system (with no harmful incidents reported either by consumers, regulators or manufacturers) would become unavailable under the proposed system." The AHA statement concluded by saying: "Any new regulation should take into account the philosophy and the safety of using such dilute substances."

    View website Summary of submissions received in response to the 2008 consultation paper

    View website AHA National President voices concerns re new legislation - Radio Interview 6PR [2009]

  • Australia New Zealand Therapeutic Products Agency (ANZTPA)

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    The AHA was involved in the consultation about the trans-Tasman proposal through its representation on the Complementary Healthcare Council's Homœopathy Working Group and provided input on behalf of the homœopathic profession when appropriate and required by the consultation process.

    The full text of its submissions can be found in the Professional members section on this website.

    Download PDF Proposed changes to the regulation of homœopathic medicines in Australia - ANZTPA Impact Statement [2006]

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  • 'Expert Committee' on Complementary Medicines

    Download PDF 'Expert Committee' report on Complementary Medicines in the Health System [2003]

    The AHA responded to this report in a detailed document. The main points emphasised that:

    • "Taking into consideration the extremely low risk of any harmful effects associated with homœopathic medicines, the AHA does not believe that there is any need to submit homœopathic medicines to any further regulation. Existing regulatory mechanisms via the TGA already provide sufficient control of homœopathic medicines."
    • "... registered professionals... should have access to the full range of homœopathic medicines irrespective of the 'starter materials' used in their preparation."
    • "... that certain Over the Counter (OTC) products currently claiming to be 'homœopathic', due to the presence of a homœopathic ingredient/s, should cease to be labelled in this manner."
    • The AHA supports "the reporting of adverse reactions to Complementary Medicines, however we wish to note that homœopathic medicines are the least toxic of any medicine available on the market and existing Australian regulations already ensure that these are only available in safe dilutions."
    • The AHA asserts "that any suspected adverse reactions can only be competently assessed by the homœopathic profession. These should be referred to the Australian Register of Homœopaths (AROH) which has been established to protect the interests of the public. AROH has fully qualified assessors to assist in the determination of any such matter."
    • "The information and skills needs of registered homœopathic practitioners are embodied in the existing government-endorsed Health Training Package (HTP)... All homœopaths registered with the Australian Register of Homœopaths (AROH) meet these criteria."
    • "For their protection, consumers need to ensure that they are able to recognise and engage the services of a competent practitioner, as specified in the HTP and who are registered with AROH. With the adoption of a 'co-regulatory system' for the regulation of homœopaths, the public could then have every confidence in the credentials of registered 'homœopaths'. Such a system of regulation would ensure the protection of specific titles such as 'homœopath' by the Government."
    • "AHA supports all of the recommended criteria for self-regulation. The present system of self-regulation via the Australian Register of Homœopaths (AROH) already embodies all of the criteria listed in Recommendation 29, and professional members of the AHA meet all these conditions."
    • "Due to the generic risks associated with unqualified homœopaths, the AHA believes that there is a case for a system of 'co-regulation' for the homœopathic profession, whereby the title of 'Homœopath' would be protected for practitioners who meet the registration criteria of the Australian Register of Homœopaths (AROH). This would cover all possible issues of concern with minimal costs."
    • "AHA is strongly in favour of the recommendation that the Australian Government give consideration to revising the criteria for recognition as a 'recognised professional' for the provision of GST-free services. The AHA notes that its Professional Members meet all the criteria for 'recognised professional' as specified by the Australian Tax Office (ATO) and all of the criteria listed in Recommendation 29."
    • "AHA encourages members of other healthcare professions to become more familiar with homœopathy and to interact with members of the homœopathic profession. Furthermore members of other modalities of healthcare should not practice homœopathy without undertaking appropriate training."
    • "The AHA endorses the recommendation that the Government should provide financial assistance to promote the development of self-regulatory systems, such as those which have been developed by AROH."

    The full submission text can be found in the Professional members section on this website.

    Download PDF Government response to the 'Expert Committee' report on Complementary Medicines. [2005]

  • NSW - Regulation of Complementary Health Practitioners

    Download PDF NSW Discussion Paper on the proposed 'Regulation of Complementary Health Practitioners' [2002]

    In 2003 the AHA responded to the discussion paper with a submission, which stated that the AHA did not consider full government regulation of homœopaths to be necessary due to the low level of hazard involved in homœopathic practice. However, recognising that the current self-regulation module was deficient in some areas, the AHA believed that there would be a case for adopting a form of co-regulation, particularly with regards to compulsory "registration with the registration body (AROH), with membership of professional associations being an essential source of services and support for practitioners to maintain and enhance the skills required for ongoing professional registration."

    The full submission text can be found in the Professional members section on this website.

    In 2006 the NSW Government passed an amendment to health legislation:

    Visit Website Amendment (Unregistered Health Practitioners) Bill 2006

  • ACCC & HIA - Health insurance issues

    The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) is required to provide the senate with a report annually on '...any anti-competitive practices by health insurers or providers, which reduce the extent of health cover for consumers and increase their out-of-pocket medical and other expenses.'

    Visit Website ACCC Annual Reports

    In 2008 the AHA responded to an invitation by the ACCC to comment during the preparation of its annual report, which had suggested to remove homœopathic services from private insurance rebate entitlements. The AHA voiced its concern and emphasised that the well-established infrastructure of the homœopathic profession in Australia fulfils all the criteria for health care providers set out in the report and that AROH registered practitioners meet all the private health insurance accreditation rules.

    The full text of the response can be found in the Professional members section on this website.


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