The Federal Health Minister’s announcement of a review into natural therapies is a significant step in the campaign to have naturopathy and western herbal medicine private health rebates reinstated.
The review, announced on 7th April, will look at the evidence to support certain therapies, that has emerged since the original review was undertaken in 2014-2015.
We particularly welcome the inclusion of the University of Technology Sydney’s Associate Professor Jon Wardle on the panel, and the decision to take into account the views of those who benefit from natural therapies - the public.
Thank you to everyone who signed our petition - all 9000 of you! - and especially everyone who took the time to write to Health Minister Greg Hunt and their local Coalition members.
Those actions, along with the work of David Casteleijn and the NHAA Board of Directors helped highlight the shortfalls of the private health insurance changes.
With your help, we were able to make a strong case for naturopathy and western herbal medicine to key decision makers in Canberra.
While we were unable to stop the changes from coming into force last week, the Health Minister’s announcement means we can work towards having these modalities removed from the banned list.
There will no doubt be further opportunities for NHAA members to engage in this campaign over the coming year.
We will keep you posted on any developments!