Monthly Archives: August 2019

Australian Homoeopathic Association Advice On NHMRC’s First Report on Homoeopathy

AHA Bulletin 149             29 August 2019

On 20 August, the National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC) finally released its first report on homoeopathy, produced in 2012.

After years of NHMRC’s refusing to release the report and even denying its existence, researchers, decision-makers and the general public can finally see the full draft of the 2012 Homeopathy Review, in which the author concluded that there is “encouraging evidence for the effectiveness of homoeopathy” in five medical conditions.

It is also interesting to note the clarification provided in the introductory cover sheet by NHMRC CEO Prof Anne Kelso, that NHMRC’s second Homeopathy Review published in 2015 “did not conclude that homeopathy was ineffective”, despite claims to that effect in media reports and by anti-homoeopathy campaigners.

The 2012 draft report, The Effectiveness of Homeopathy: an overview review of secondary evidence, which can be viewed here, has been heavily annotated by the NHMRC. It is left to our readers to judge those annotations on their merit and question themselves why the NHMRC considered it necessary to add them.

Rachel Roberts, Chief Executive of the Homeopathy Research Institute (HRI UK) comments, “For over three years NHMRC have refused to release their 2012 draft report on homeopathy, despite Freedom of Information requests and even requests by members of the Australian Senate. To see this document finally seeing the light of day is a major win for transparency and public accountability in research.” The HRI, which has been the AHA’s supporter and co-author of its complaint to the Commonwealth Ombudsman, will carefully scrutinise the report in the coming weeks.

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Painting Workshop

The Zodiac and the Elements 

Join these two workshops for a glimpse into the colour wisdom and the understandings inherent in painting the Zodiac Colours of Rudolf Steiner in relation to the Zodiac Elements of Fire Earth Air and Water.

For experienced painters as well as those new to watercolour.

Venue: Melbourne Therapy Centre, 221 Wonga Road , Warranwood, Vic. (In the Garden Room)

Dates : Sunday, 22 and 29 September 10 – 12 and 2- 4 pm.

Fees : $100 per workshop, supplies included (discounts available, as well as negotiations with one-half Let’s points)

Refreshments included.

Contact: Katherine Rudolph 0413770020 or MTC 9876 3011 and


Earlier this month ATMS CEO, Charles Wurf and ATMS Director, Christine Pope, headed to Canberra to meet with politicians and lobby on behalf of members and advance the review of the Natural Therapies Rebates.

ATMS are working with the Health Funds and how we’re positioning the return of natural therapies to the rebate by April 2020. With the Review underway ATMS will continue to work collaboratively across therapies and intends to submit appropriate evidence sources to the Panel. With the establishment of the Panel, and assuming sound Terms of Reference with appropriate standards of evidence, ATMS looks forward to a positive review process.

As part of our continuing advocacy on behalf of members, ATMS met with members of the government and the cross bench during our most recent visit to Canberra. The purpose of our meetings is to confirm with government our vital interest in the Review. ATMS continues to advocate that natural therapies should return to their rightful place within the private health insurance system.

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