Have you ever been benefit of complementary therapies like western herbal medicine, yoga, Pilates, Bowen therapy, Homoeopathy, Kinesiology, reflexology, shiatsu, Rolfing, Tai Chi, aromatherapy, Buteyko and Feldenkrais?
Complementary Therapies are going to be axed from Health Fund Rebates.
"We reported last year about the National Health and Medical Research Council report finding there was no scientific support for 17 complementary health modalities and that the future of these modalities was unknown. Last month the Health Minister Greg Hunt proposed changes to the private health insurance rebates on Natural Therapies to be implemented in 2019. This included no longer covering naturopathic, western herbal medicine, yoga, Pilates, Bowen therapy, Homoeopathy, Kinesiology, reflexology, shiatsu, Rolfing, Tai Chi, aromatherapy, Buteyko and Feldenkrais;* all therapies recognised by the Australian Holistic Healers and Counsellors Association. At a time when more and more people are turning to complementary therapies for their health the powers to be are participating in the minimisation and discrediting of our profession.
The natural therapies industry involves 25,000 small to medium sized businesses. The facts are indisputable: two out of three Australians have used or accessed natural solutions to their health in the last 12 months. As we experience every day, 42% of these have used complementary medicines to prevent or manage chronic, high priority health conditions. Complementary therapies reduce the burden on the medical system that we constantly hear is collapsing under the demands. In economic terms the natural therapy industry generates $4.3 billion in sales per year.^ From a purely practical perspective we are a significant component of the economy. Preventative health is being converted into another avenue for pharmacological drugs to be peddled.
The time for letting writing, phone calls to local members and the signing of petitions is here. While we can all write as practitioners, it is even more important to encourage our clients to voice their opinion. I was recently told that a politician equates one letter to represent 10,000 constituents. If we can encourage 10 clients to write that gets our politicians attention because it means 100,000 votes. Let’s send a message to the policy makers about what we care about.
There is a petition that you can download and have clients sign. The link is:
An online petition is (please share it)
*The list of modalities is sources from the Sydney Morning Herald article on October 12, 2017
^Statistics sources from NCIM 2011 and CMA Report 2016 "