NATURAL THERAPIES REVIEW 2019-2020

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.

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

Exploring the Word in Colour

Join us in the Garden Room at The Melbourne Therapy Centre for a morning presentation
by Katherine Rudolph

Venue : MTC 221 Wonga Rd. Warranwood, Victoria
Time : Saturday, March 30, 2019, 10 am – 12:00 pm
Cost : Coin donation to MTC Building Fund, Refreshments will be provided

Exploring the Word in Colour and Speech with Katherine Rudolph is an Anthroposophical Therapy in which various aspects of Art, Sculpture, Drama and Formative Speech Therapy are brought together for individual and group sessions. These are of benefit to both children and adults.

Challenged people and those with acquired head injuries also participate in sessions which are generally one hour in duration.

Katherine has published a 260 page children’s book with a treasury of verses, poems, songs and speech exercises, which may be purchased on the day as well as at the Therapy Centre front desk.

She was trained in Switzerland and England, and first began working curatively in Sydney with therapeutic art in 1985.

In 2004 she returned to Melbourne, after receiving advanced diplomas in Speech and Painting Therapy while in Dornach, Switzerland. Since that time she has been working at the MTC and other institutions in and around the Melbourne.

Recently, in February, 2019 an 8 week adult workshop exploring the Nature Sketches of Rudolf Steiner has come into being. This may well be continuing in the future.

All who are interested in the coming lecture on 30/3/19, and would like more information, please call 0413770020, or 9876-3011. (The door will open at 9:45 on the day)
email: info@exploringtheword.com.au  website: www.exploringtheword.com.au.

HEALING COLOUR WORKSHOPS

Start the New Year creating watercolour, and pastel artwork with Katherine Rudolph.

Eight weekly sessions, two hours each, dedicated to experiencing the colour wisdom gleaned through indications given by Rudolf Steiner.

Time.  :  10:00 – 12:00 pm, Saturdays, beginning 2nd February 19.

Venue.:  The Garden Room, Melbourne Therapy Centre

               221 Wonga Road, Warranwood

Fees.   :  $40 per session – monthly payments recommended.

                Cost of supplies to be negotiated.

                6 – 8 participants needed.

Call.     :   0413770020 or the MTC 98763011

                 Info@exploringtheword.com.au  Katherine Rudolph

Get In Touch

Tel +61 3 9876 3011

221 Wonga Rd

Warranwood

Victoria,3134

Opening hours:

Monday to Friday 8.30–5.30

Saturday 9.00-12.30

Contact Us

email:
mtc@melbournetherapy.org.au

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