Subject: Alternative medicine (Laws, regulations and rules)
Herbalists (Practice)
Trade and professional associations (Services)
Trade and professional associations (Laws, regulations and rules)
Author: Baxter, John
Pub Date: 06/22/2010
Publication: Name: Australian Journal of Medical Herbalism Publisher: National Herbalists Association of Australia Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2010 National Herbalists Association of Australia ISSN: 1033-8330
Issue: Date: Summer, 2010 Source Volume: 22 Source Issue: 2
Topic: Event Code: 930 Government regulation; 940 Government regulation (cont); 980 Legal issues & crime; 200 Management dynamics; 360 Services information Advertising Code: 94 Legal/Government Regulation Computer Subject: Government regulation
Product: Product Code: 8620000 Professional Membership Assns NAICS Code: 81392 Professional Organizations SIC Code: 8621 Professional organizations
Geographic: Geographic Scope: Australia Geographic Code: 8AUST Australia
Accession Number: 232178421
Full Text: The profession advances and grows year by year. We continue to develop our policies on regulation, while at the same time working on other fronts to maintain our leadership in the world of complementary medicine.


Regulation remains on the agenda of the Association. The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) working party is due to enquire into the regulatory needs of the Australian unregulated health professions in the latter half of this year and the NHAA will be making a submission on behalf of members once these have been requested. Our position is that herbalists and naturopaths need to be recognised so they may take their rightful position in the health system. This will bring us in line with Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners who are due to have national regulation in 2012.

Two groups we are currently working with are ARONAH and IARF.

The Australian Register of Naturopaths and Herbalists (ARONAH) now has a selection panel and is asking for nominations for membership of their board. We are continuing to watch this group and develop policy in our involvement. We will keep you informed.

The Inter Associations Regulation Forum (IARF) is a group of natural therapy associations working together to develop an alternative regulatory scheme to include all modalities that work under the banner of natural therapies. Progress in this area has been slow but we will continue to represent NHAA members at this forum; the next meeting is in Melbourne on 4 June. We will keep members informed of any developments in this area.


The new NHAA web site and a new procedure for dealing with media enquires has meant all media requests have been attended to in a timely fashion allowing us to meet reporters' deadlines--a tick for the Association in the media's eyes.

The issue of poisonous herbs came up again with a request for an interview from The Medical Observer. This actually turned out to be a question of herb drug interactions and not a toxicity issue. We continue to remind the media that herbalists are the experts on herbs and herb drug interactions and that it is the NHAA they should contact to discuss such issues.

To this end press releases remain valuable and we are proactive with these wherever possible. ABC local radio in Canberra requested an on air interview about the regulation of herbal and naturopathic practitioners as a result of a press release by Professor Kerryn Phelps. The NHAA also supported the federal government's plan to restrict cigarette packaging to plain wrappers, which led to a short news interview on Sydney radio 2UE.

International Conference

The 7th International Conference on Herbal Medicine will take place at Tweed Heads/Coolangatta from the 23-25 July, just a few weeks away. A large conference such as this that focuses on herbal and naturopathic practices from many cultures (including Australian Aboriginal) and is not driven by commercial interests, is a rare treat and should not be missed. There is a great line up of speakers and a full trade exhibition area to keep everyone up to date in the herbal and naturopathic world.


The NHAA recently launched its new updated website to provide a professional product that meets the current requirements of the membership and will be able to be expanded to suit future needs. The look, functionality and flexibility of the site has been well worth the effort and financial investment and we invite you to visit www.

National Herbal Medicine Week

National Herbal Medicine Week will be celebrated this year from 13-19 September. This is an opportunity for herbalists across Australia to showcase their abilities and involvement with the community. Each of the NHAA chapters has events planned in their local areas and many practitioners plan clinic open days to coincide with the week. We encourage you to become involved in your profession and community.

Yours in herbs

John Baxter, President


President National Herbalists Association of Australia

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