Commentary.
Author: Baxter, John
Pub Date: 03/22/2011
Publication: Name: Australian Journal of Medical Herbalism Publisher: National Herbalists Association of Australia Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2011 National Herbalists Association of Australia ISSN: 1033-8330
Issue: Date: Spring, 2011 Source Volume: 23 Source Issue: 1
Accession Number: 254971763
Full Text: Here we are at the beginning of March and much has already happened. The NHAA Board has had its first meeting for the year and has put strategies in place to advance the standing of the association. We are embarking on a new way of doing business that should enhance the delivery of services to members without detracting from the friendly and cooperative manner in which these services are delivered.

Within this issue you will find the second part of the article by Jon Wardle on The National Registration and Accreditation Scheme. This article looks at what inclusion would mean for practitioners of naturopathy and Western herbal medicine and answers questions on issues such as complaints, what forms a breach of practice, unprofessional conduct and false, misleading or deceptive advertising.

The NSW State elections are upon us and I urge members to contact candidates in their electorates to ask what their policies are on the use of herbal and other complementary medicines and in particular towards herbalists and naturopaths. You can bank on the fact that few if any of these aspiring politicians have given much thought to our professions and by contacting them you will at least bring us to their attention. If you need support or would like some information in this area feel free to contact me through the office or via email.

The article released in the MediQ newsletter entitled Future Pharmacy refers to Griffith University adding complementary Medicines to the curriculum for pharmacists. The University feels this is relevant as 75% of Australians are using complementary medicines and often seek advice from pharmacists in this area. This is not aimed at replacing herbalists or naturopaths as the experts in this field. More information on our communications with Griffiths University can be found in the NHAA online newsletter Access at www.nhaa.org.au under Publications.

The NHAA seminar series this year focuses on mental health particularly in relation to children. An important area of healthcare for all practitioners. I am looking forward to seeing members and guests in each of the cities we visit with this seminar series.

John Baxter, President

John Baxter BHSC ND DBM MNHAA

President National Herbalists Association of Australia

PO Box 45 Concord West 2138 or president@nhaa.org.au
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