The meeting was on the 29th of January, 2018 in Canberra, and was attended by the Secretary to the MInister; senior health officials, including the head of the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA); the CEO of the National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and the Chief Medical Officer.
To provide cross-industry representation at such a high level meeting, representatives from other industry/association bodies impacted by current Health/TGA reforms were also attended alongside CMA and AHA. These included Brauer Natural Medicine, Martin & Pleasance, ATMS, Complementary Medicines Association, and importantly, expert legal representation. The meeting was an important milestone in presenting cross-sector unity to government, and in having major issues of concern relating to the bureaucracy’s approach to the homeopathy and natural medicines sector openly aired. The AHA will continue to represent the homeopathic profession to government, working in collaboration with its natural medicine partners.
The AHA has been behind the Your Health Your Choice (YHYC) campaign, and its success has earned an audience with Health Minister Greg Hunt on the 26th of February, 2018. The YHYC campaign is currently backed by over 75,000 sign ups, and has been successful in drawing public and government attention to these issues. www.yourhealthyourchoice.com.au
The AHA would like to particularly acknowledge and thank the Australian Naturopathic Practitioners Association (ANPA) for its ongoing support of the AHA over the last few years, and more recently for supporting the campaign to achieve balance and integrity to the government’s approach to the natural medicines sector. ANPA has been a strong ally in the efforts to support accountability from government officials.