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Preventative Health Care Australia

Co-Regulation for Natural Therapies

Active Prevention ... the Sustainable Future of Health Care

useNature is supporting the Co-Regulation Natural Health Care Model ...

... for the advancements and integration of Holistic Active Preventative Natural Medicine into the Australian Conventional Health Care System.

We are living in a "Pluralistic Society", where one by itself can not exist.

Our Co-regulation Advisory Board is campaigning for a Pluralistic" Health Care System, with equal representation for the Natural and Medical Systems.  

What is Co-regulation?

Co-regulation generally means a combination of Industry and Government regulation.

Co-regulation involves the Natural Therapy Industry and the government as the regulator developing strategies and administering and enforcing a workable health care model.

Co-regulation for Natural Therapies means that interest groups or associations of our industry develop guidelines and regulatory arrangements, such as codes of ethics or conduct, in consultation with government.

Natural Therapy Associations will administer their own arrangements, while the government provides legislative backing to enable the arrangements to be enforced. 

Co-regulation, the preferred regulation model, because:

Co-Regulation represents the philosophies and practical means of Natural Therapy Modalities in their correct meaning and practice, of which the key-elements are presented within the Code of Ethics and Conduct.

The fundamental difference between Co-regulation and Statutory Registration is that Statutory Registration represents the public not the Practitioner, and sees Natural Therapy from the perspective and philosophy of the Conventional Medical System, which is a total distortion of what Natural Therapy stands for, and is committed to, namely to see a patient as an individual, and therefore treatment is directed individually, and holistically towards supporting "a body in its inert capability to heal itself", with a strong emphasis on preventative measures and active patient evolvement, contribution and responsibility.

The Co - Regulation Model

  1. Natural Therapies are deemed as Safe, if practiced according to Natural Therpay guidelines and Code of Ethincs, and therefore regulation with Statutory Registration is unnecessary, and sends a wrong message to the public.

  2. Co-Regulation is the preferred model and offers appropriate representation for accredited practitioners.

  3. Accreditation processes will secure Education Standards and protect Titles.
    Practicing without accreditation, violates the Codes of Ethics/Conduct, suitable steps )are needed to discourage that practice, with the government providing legislative backing.

  4. Quality safeguards are applied with Requirements for; Membership; Accreditation - Ongoing training - Insurance and Co-Regulation Registration.

  5. Co-Regulation supports all Natural Therapy modalities, and assures that no fragmentation of holistic principles occurs.
    A 2 tier model of primary modalities and sub-modalities may be considered )

  6. 2 tier system:
    *Primary Treatment Modalities:

    Naturopathy - Herbalist - Nutritionist - Homeopathy .. possible more ...
    The 2 tier system assures that "Primary Treatment Modalities" are "fully qualified" and eligible to practice in Professional Health Care for insurance purposes and future possible Medi Care Rebates.

    *Sub-Modalities / Elective Modalities:
    Sub-Modalities are generally perceived by the Medical System to be relatively ineffective, but safe.
    However within the Co-Regulation's Natural Active Preventative Health Care Model, sub-modalities are vital for "Individual" Active Prevention.
    List of possible Modalities:

    Alexander Technique - Aroma Therapy - Astrology - Biomesotherapy - BodyTalk - Bowen Therapy - Breathwork - Brain Gym - Building Biologist - Chakra Healing - Colonic Irrigation - Colour Therapy - Craniosacral Therapy - Crystal Healing - Emotional Freedom Technique - Feldenkrais - Feng Shui - Flower Essence - Forensic Healing - Hawaiian Lomi Lomi - Hydrotherapy - Iridology - Journey Therapy - Kinesiology - Laughter Therapy - Meditations - Music Therapy - Natural Vision - Neuro Linguistic Programming - Personal Training Pilates - Qigong - Reflexology - Reiki - Remedial Massage - Shiatsu - Stress management - Weight-loss - Yoga..... and many more ...

  7. Co-Regulation supports streamlining Education... by making recommendations, which courses and education are acceptable to Association's Standards and Accreditation.
    Any course outside of standards, would be classed as NOT accredited, and seen as general interest courses.
    To study a Prime Modality, a number of elective sub-modalities will need to be studied.
    Sub-Modalities have an important role to play in Individual "Prevention - Recuperation or Treatment Goals", but may not be suitable to be practiced by itself.

  8. Co-Regulation supports a strict Code of Ethics and sees Natural Therapies as a Primary Provider of Active Preventative Health Care.

  9. Suggestion only: (Submissions wanted - Dieter L. - Editor)
    Accreditation for a new umbrella term wanted; such as "Preventative Health Care Practitioner" or PHCP.
    This accreditation would be the most qualified one, with the highest education requirements, and would include:
    Naturopaths - Herbalists - Homeopaths and Nutritionists. In addition a number of "Electives" have to be added. The elective modalities also need to be accredited to be of appropriate standards.

Regulation for Practitioner Only Products (POPs)

Establish a rule and policy that only accredited "Primary" modality practitioners are permitted to buy and prescribe POPs.

To assure this is happening, the provider number of a practitioner needs to be listed next to a purchase order, or in case of a "Patient", a script for POP's

Any products sold without a provider number reference should be investigated, and the supplier of the products, should be first cautioned, and on reoccurrence the supplier should not be allowed to sell "Practitioner Only Products".

"Code of Ethics/Conduct - Scope of Practice"

Most complaints against Natural Therapies, are about "treatment claims" - "wrong diagnosis", and "selling supplements for profit".

If strict Pro-active Guidelines a adhered to, "accredited practitioners" honour those guidelines, most of the complaints would be inconsequential.

Further more, if complaints are made, they would be on grounds of "someone" violating "Codes of Ethics/Conduct".

Pro-Active addition to the Code of Ethic/Conduct:

  1. Accredited Natural Therapy Practitioners DO NOT treat a Disease, and they DO NOT make Therapeutic Claims.
    Instead, their treatment is directed individual, and holistically toward supporting "a body in its inert capability to heal itself".

  2. Accredited Natural Therapy Practitioners DO NOT Diagnose for the purpose of "naming a disease".

  3. Accredited Natural Therapy Practitioners DO NOT sell Supplements for the Purpose of profit.
    Instead, supplements, and other therapeutic agents are prescribed on patients needs.
    Therapeutic reasoning for the prescription needs to be recorded on a patient file.

  4. Accredited Natural Therapy Practitioners DO SUPPORT and treat "Individuals", not a disease name.
    Treatments and Health support is tailored holistically to the individual person, not the disease.

Complete Code of Ethics/Conduct see > Code of Ethic/Conduct

"Advertising and Marketing Guidelines"

CMA has a well laid out guideline: Found on Linkedin under the Title:
Do you know what you can and cannot say in advertising material related to your business and it's services?

Note: Those Guidelines or similar need to be adopted by all associations to demonstrate unity and act as one body for the advancement of Natural Therapy.

Policing "Self-Regulation"

Being Registered under the Co-regulation umbrella, will assure that Practitioners adhere to the Code of Ethics/Conduct".

The Co-regulation's surveillance and policing system .. will voluntarily inspect Members web-site's for Code violations.

"Policing" our own industry against violation of guidelines and scope of practice - including product marketing.

NOTE*: Self Regulation in above sense stands for "voluntarily" adopting suggested Codes.

Co-Regulation Goals


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