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Your Health Your Choice

Dear Friends of Anthroposophic and Integrative Medicine and Therapy in Australia

Some of you may be aware of the current proposal from the Medical Board of Australia which would effectively lead to segregating doctors who provide integrative healthcare options for their patients from the main body of practitioners. This move is another in a series of co-ordinated campaigns to restrict access to holistic medical care and healthcare choice.

I received the email below from the group Your Health Your Choice. Because it simplifies the submission process, I am forwarding it on to you so that you can add your voice in response to the proposed changes. Just a note about the newsletter below, all the links take you to the same submission form. Please feel free to forward this email to colleagues and friends so that their voice can also be heard.

Paulo Moraes (Melbourne Therapy Centre)

The Medical Board of Australia (MBA) is proposing changes that threaten you and your family’s access to holistic medical care. The Your Health Your Choice organisation have made it easy for you to act on this important issue via this link. Read on for more details.

What’s this about?

The MBA is proposing new guidelines targeting doctors who integrate ‘complementary medicines and emerging treatments’ into their practice – without consulting them or their patients, or providing any evidence why the current guidelines need changing (e.g. real-world safety concerns).

The MBA is asking for public feedback before it adopts the new guidelines – as by law it has to. If you care about choice in healthcare, we urge you to make a submission (by 30 June 2019)

What’s at stake?

If adopted, the new guidelines could suppress clinical autonomy and see Integrative GP’s faced with restrictions on current treatments they offer that are not considered “conventional”. Restrictions could include doctors’ ability to recommend patients vitamins, minerals, herbal supplements, natural therapies and a range of diagnostic tests. It also opens the door to doctors being targeted by vexatious complaints.

1 in 3 Australian GPs utilise some aspect of complementary medicine within their medical practice, as it offers patients greater choice to access a range of safe and effective integrative treatment options, improving clinical outcomes and reducing medical risk. It could even be argued that this is current conventional medicine.

By framing these treatments as ‘fringe’, the new MBA guidelines also place the regulated traditional medicine professions of chiropractic, osteopathy, Chinese medicine and acupuncture at risk. These changes unnecessarily target patients and health providers.

What you can do – we’ve made it easy:

Let the MBA know you support Option 1 – to maintain the current guidelines as well as why you value a holistic approach to healthcare and support doctors’ right to provide new and innovative approaches, including complementary medicine treatments.

Public pressure recently succeeded in moving Government on health fund rebates for natural therapies. Protect your right to healthcare here too. Give the MBA the feedback it is asking for by sharing your thoughts and experiences via https://www.yourhealthyourchoice.com.au/mba-submissions/

We will forward your submission to the MBA on your behalf. Thank you for your support.

Sincerely, Your Health Your Choice

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