Medical Board of Australia Public Consultation Paper
EXTENDED UNTIL 30 JUNE 2019
Dear A5M members and supporters,
Many of you will by now be familiar with the Medical Board of Australia's Public Consultation Paper on "clearer regulation of medical practitioners who provide complementary and unconventional medicine and emerging treatments", released in February.
There is concern that the guidelines and changes proposed in his consultation paper (published without prior consultation with any of the associations, representative bodies or academics in the field of Integrative Medicine), have the potential to seriously restrict the use and practice of integrative and complimentary medicine in Australia.
For this reason, and as published on the AIMA (Australasian Integrative Medicine Association) website, "it is imperative that we, as a community, come together to challenge the adoption of these guidelines".
AIMA, including other organisations (ACNEM, A5M, BioBalance Health, ACIIDS, NICM), and independent doctors have been meeting to coordinate our responses to the guidelines.
Whilst each organisation will submit a response to the MBA discussion paper specific to our own concerns and area of practice , as a community, we need to encourage practitioners, patients and supporters to express their concerns about how these guidelines will impact and could affect their practice and patients' freedom of choice.
WHAT YOU CAN DO | MAKE A SUBMISSION TODAY
- Marked "Consultation on complementary and unconventional medicine and emerging treatments"
- This consultation has been extended until 30 June 2019.
- Let your elected officials know that this is an issue we deeply care about. Contact your local member, both federal and state, and write to your State Health minister and the Federal Minister, Greg Hunt.
CONCERNS TO HIGHLIGHT
The following points have been identified as areas of general concern to most stakeholders:
- The grouping of integrative medicine with 'unconventional medicine' and 'emerging treatments' may create the impression of being "fringe" rather than evidence-based
- That many of the terms used in the rationale such as 'unconventional medicine', 'inappropriate use' and 'emerging treatments' leads to ambiguity and uncertainty
- That the term 'complementary medicine' also includes access to traditional medicines
- No evidence produced in the discussion paper quantifies risk in practicing complementary or integrative medicine vs 'conventional' medicine
- That there was NO consultation with the Integrative Medicine or complementary medicine community before the document's release
- That the current Good Medical Practice: A Code of Conduct for Doctors in Australia already adequately regulates doctors' practise and protects patient safety. There is no need or justification for a two-tiered approach
- That the right of patients to determine their own medical care is under threat
- That the lack of clarity on how to determine what is 'conventional' versus 'unconventional' can be misused by people with professional differences of opinion which results in troublesome complaints
We encourage you to view the following materials and podcasts to understand the implications for integrative medicine practitioners and the importance of integrative medicine as an approach to the prevention, management and treatment of chronic and complex disorders and diseases.
- Interview with Dr Penny Caldicott, President of the Australasian Integrative Medicine Association
- Interview with Professor Stephen Myers, Researcher and Academic Southern Cross University
- Integrative Medicine Freedom of Choice for Healthcare
- AIMA The Australasian Integrative Medicine Association Challenging the MBA Guidelines
We would like to remind you that feedback to the MBA must be submitted before 30 June 2019 and we encourage you to reach out to your patients and communities in preparing these submissions. As published, the guidelines could impact on doctors, complimentary medicine practitioners, allied health professionals, pharmacists, compounding pharmacists and functional testing laboratories.
A5M are committed to supporting medical practitioners and healthcare professionals who are passionate about healthy ageing in the fields of preventative and integrative medicine, and assure you we have commenced work on our submission to provide feedback to the options proposed by the MBA for clearer regulation of medical practitioners who provide complementary and unconventional medicine and emerging treatments.
Helen Anton | Director
The Australasian Academy of Anti-ageing Medicine
A5M Medical Education - Providing training, certification and continuing education in Preventative, Integrative & Anti-Ageing Medicine
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