KEEPING YOU INFORMED with Marta Browne (continued)

What submissions, including research, are being made on behalf of ANPA members?

The ANPA has submitted many letters and several more formal papers over the last few years to strengthen the position of naturopathy and associated matters. Be reassured that there will be an ANPA submission for the Natural Therapies Review – Round 2.

In the past submissions have included:

When are the dates of the review committee hearings?

This information is not publicly available.

What other associations are ANPA working with?

ANPA had partnered with several associations when launching the petition this year to maintain the rebates. These included:

  • Australian Homeopathic Association
  • Australian Kinesiology Association
  • Australian Naturopathic Practitioners Association
  • Australian Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique
  • Australian Traditional Medicine Society
  • Bowen Association Australia
  • Bowen Therapists Federation of Australia
  • Complementary Medicines Australia
  • International Aromatherapy and Aromatic Medicine Association
  • International Yoga Teachers Association
  • Tai Chi for Health Institute
  • Your Health Your Choice

The ANPA has a long history of collaboration with other associations. Whenever it is in our interest to support the naturopathy profession we reach out and work together. The last collaborative effort was removing the Advanced Diplomas of Naturopathy from the VET sector. Sadly, it seems as though there is still a move to keep this level of education available.

Is ANPA working and coordinating with supplement manufacturers?

ANPA collaborates regularly and successfully over many years with Complementary Medicines Australia. When there are issues that affect naturopaths we reach out.  The CMA is primarily focused on issues for the manufacturers of natural remedies.

Is ANPA working and coordinating with academics in the field?

ANPA is not currently working with any specific academics. In the past we have worked closely with various academics including the NICM. If we do need to call on the support of academics, we certainly will do so.

What opportunities are there for the public to make submissions in regards to the upcoming review of Naturopathy?

Currently, there are no public submission options available. When the new Review is made public, there will be opportunity for individual submissions. This was possible in the past review.  We have previously and still do encourage all ANPA members and the general public to write to their local MPs and federal ministers to share their thoughts on these changes.

Which members of parliament are lobbying for us?

Due to the current state of flux and limited responses from ministers this is not an easy question to answer.. However, over the last few years, ANPA has reached out to Wayne Swan, Bill Shorten, Greg Kovacs, Malcolm Turnbull, Nick Xenophon, Richard Di Natale, Susan Ley, Greg Hunt, and more recently Kerryn Phelps (who sadly lost her seat). Many other MPs have been approached by ANPA members in their local jurisdictions.

Is there a lobbying map?

The ANPA has limited resources. Projects are taken on by committee volunteers. Across the profession, lobbying is usually best performed by practitioners who understand the profession and have lobbying skills. The committee has written directly, met with or had telephone conversations with ministers and members of parliament, including Tanya Plibersek, Wayne Swan, Bill Shorten, Greg Kovacs, Malcolm Turnbull, Nick Xenophon, Richard Di Natale, Susan Ley, Peter Dutton, Greg Hunt and his staff, the Chief Medical Officer, Kerryn Phelps, as well as Dr Rachel David (CEO of Private Health Australia). We continue to monitor who is in the Ministry of Health, who is in opposition and who and where the opportunity exists to make representation for the naturopathic profession. ANPA is also working very closely with Your Health Your Choice, who are actively lobbying the government and other agencies on a regular basis. Their campaign is partly the reason for the next round of review of natural therapies to reinstate the rebates.

If ANPA members are interested in playing a role in lobbying efforts for the Naturopathy profession, please make contact with the  ANPA office. We need more members involved with this important work.

We would like to reassure you that ANPA has often been the first association to contact many of the above politicians regarding our concerns over the years. Additionally, our committee members have been quietly active in the background, and we will continue to do so in the future.