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AHA wins Industry Award for 'Your Health Your Choice' campaign

THE Australian Homoeopathic Association’s Your Health Your Choice campaign has taken out a National Award as Australia’s largest campaign to protect natural therapies.

The campaign, managed by the AHA and created in conjunction with media agency Adoni Media was launched on July 18.

Your Health Your Choice unites consumers, practitioners and supporters of homoeopathy, complementary medicine and natural therapies like never before.

Peak body, Complementary Medicines Australia (CMA), presented AHA President Gerry Dendrinos and AHA Vice-President Petrina Reichman with the Judges Choice Award at the 18th annual CMA Gala Dinner on October 26 in Sydney.

In accepting the award Mr Dendrinos told the 400-strong crowd that Your Health Your Choice was “a campaign that is not just owned by the AHA but owned by all of you, together, to protect the rights of people to improve their health, so thank you”.

More than 10,000 people joined Your Health Your Choice in its first week and four months on, the campaign website shows nearly 70,000 signatures.

2017 10 CMA Awards Night website

The campaign is designed to give the two in three Australians who use natural medicines a voice against regulatory change and bias that’s threatening consumer choice in healthcare.

The campaign has actively been protesting proposed changes by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) that will impact homoeopathic products, tissue salts, flower essences and aromatherapy essential oils.

Consumers are fighting alongside practitioners, angry at ongoing attacks.

When the Federal Government announced it was cutting the private health insurance rebate for natural therapies more than 32,000 people signed up and joined Your Health Your Choice in a matter of days.

The campaign, which sends letters on behalf of supporters to Federal MPs, is calling for a Senate Inquiry into the National Health and Medical Research Council’s review into homoeopathy.

Australian journalist and founder of Adoni Media, Leisa Goddard, said Your Health Your Choice represents all 17 modalities that are being targeted, including homoeopathy.

“The objective was to give people a voice that would be heard in Canberra and we are doing exactly that. Within weeks of Your Health Your Choice being launched the campaign was on the political radar with the Federal Health Department adding it to its current issues list,” Ms Goddard said.

Your Health Your Choice calls on the two in three Australians who use complementary medicines and/or natural therapies to sign the Senate Petition to expose why the Government is ignoring positive evidence that natural medicines are effective.

The digital campaign through Facebook has engaged thousands of people around the world with single posts reaching audiences of more than half a million people.

For more information please contact:

Leisa Goddard - AHA campaign manager

+61 7 3310 8776

Adoni Media

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Public opinion ignored as TGA targets homoeopathics like Arnica

EXCLUSIVE: THE Therapeutic Goods Administration is ignoring public opinion and pushing ahead with plans to target homoeopathic products and abolish quality and safety controls, as well as ban them from making any therapeutic claims.

Widely used homoeopathic products like Arnica – which is used for bruising and wounds – as well as other popular formulas for sleep, stress and respiratory problems will NO LONGER be classified as therapeutic goods if the plan goes ahead.

For the first time, Freedom of Information (FOI) documents obtained by Your Health Your Choice reveal overwhelming community objection to the TGA’s proposed changes.

Figures from the public consultation show 99.8 percent of submission responses DID NOT support the TGA’s plan. The TGA has not yet released these figures.

The TGA put forward four options: 756 submissions supported NO CHANGE to the current system with only 2 in favour.

However, FOI documents show that despite overwhelming public objection to change, the TGA is ignoring this feedback and pursuing its own agenda on “how to implement Option 4” (which the public opposed).

Option 4 proposes to:

  • – Declare (homoeopathic) products NOT to be therapeutic goods
  • – Ban them from making ANY therapeutic claims
  • – Abolish quality and safety requirements
  • – Abolish safety monitoring

Option 4, if adopted, would also open the market to risk of exploitation by fraudulent manufacturers – compromising product quality and public safety.

A FOI document provides the reason stating: “There are also broad views that such products should not be regulated under the therapeutic goods framework since the evidence is questionable.”

Your Health Your Choice spokesperson Petrina Reichman said the TGA was relying exclusively on the NHMRC Homeopathy Review to back up its claim of “questionable” evidence. She said the TGA would have been well aware that the NHMRC Review had been referred to the Commonwealth Ombudsman for scientific and procedural misconduct and bias, but turned a blind eye.

Ms Reichman said, “The TGA did not look at any wider research evidence showing homoeopathy is effective, including a more comprehensive positive Swiss report.”

“It shows the TGA had a pre-existing agenda and conducted a sham consultation”.

She said the TGA would also be aware that the Your Health Your Choice campaign is petitioning for a Senate Inquiry into the NHMRC Review.

Ms Reichman said the internal, TGA documents obtained through FOI show the public consultation process was a farce.

One FOI document reveals that TGA considers public opposition to its preferred plan as “misinformed”.

“Public consultation is a cornerstone of our democratic system and the TGA needs to take the objections seriously and protect safety, quality and regulation of products that millions of Australians choose to use to support their health.”

“The role of the TGA is to regulate therapeutic goods, not adopt an ideological stance on those goods”, she said.

 

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