The ANPA is the peak professional naturopathy association run by naturopaths for naturopaths in Australia. Established in 1975, we are a democratic association that has the longest track record of supporting and representing naturopaths across Australia. We are actively engaged in representing issues that affect naturopaths at a national, state and international level. ANPA members comply with the highest standards of naturopathic practice. We continually strive to educate the public, other health professionals and the media about our profession. more
Thank you for your support and membership of the ANPA. Life in the land of naturopathy this festive season is certainly not dull! The first ANPA committee meeting for the new term of office was held in November. As the new year progresses, we will keep you posted of our activities and accomplishments.
The priority project for the end of January is the development of a government submission to retain the health insurance rebate for naturopathy. An evidence base will be developed according to NHMRC guidelines that substantiates the clinical efficacy, cost effectiveness, safety and quality of the practice of naturopathy. This task is no mean feat. Work has started on developing this submission, and we’re of course aiming for a successful result. Thank you to those members who have submitted comments and thoughts on this matter. All contributions are gratefully accepted.
I attended a productive collaborative first meeting via teleconference on December 4 with all of the professional associations involved in developing a strategy for this submission. Tasks for the various therapies will be divided among the group to make the best use of our time and resources. My efforts will be focused on naturopathy. Developing a database of the levels of evidence is one of the priorities. We plan to develop and share this database document on a shared online platform.
I look forward to representing ANPA on the Advisory Committee Panel. This panel will meet several times in 2013 to review submissions and provide advice to the government. Through these efforts we will hopefully maintain the government subsidy for naturopathy health insurance rebates.
Private health insurers can choose to rebate naturopathy services if the government removes the subsidy, but private health insurance members will bear the brunt of this decision if the subsidy is removed. Importantly, the government must keep in mind that members of private health insurance companies vote – and so do practitioners. Private health insurers make business decisions when deciding which therapies to rebate; according to the insurers, this decision is not based on evidence.
Please make a focused effort in your clinic to advise clients who have private health insurance cover to phone their MP and make it known that removal of the rebate will not be well received. Remember, we are moving into an election year!
I wish you a happy, joyous and relaxing festive season.
Let’s keep the light of naturopathy burning bright in the new year.
Yours in good health.
Editor, ANPA President
From the office
The office will be closed from Monday December 24, 2013 and will re-open on Monday January 14, 2013. Messages and emails will be checked periodically throughout the holiday period.
Welcoming new ANPA members
Nicola Andrews, Dympna Gray, Shanie Ruprai and Maria Woodend.
Kerri Abbott, Tracey-Lee Attwell, Jodie Beniameen, Narelle Cooke, Raffael Galardi, Kirsten Godier, Bronwyn Hall, Katherine Lindbeck, Mirjana Pantic, Michael Parkes, Lynette Russell, Karla Shephard, Kimberley Sheppard and Jasmin Silcock.
Sunday October 28, 2012, Holmesglen Institute, Melbourne.
The Transport Accident Commission (TAC) and WorkSafe Victoria (WorkSafe) are streamlining treatment payments for providers. A joint initiative between the two organisations is currently developing a single, consistent, automated payment processing system for use across both organisations. This system brings most payment rules between the two organisations into alignment, and will provide consistency between WorkSafe Agents and the TAC in how invoices are interpreted and paid.
I trained at the Australian College of Natural Medicine in Melbourne. I also completed a Diploma of Homeopathy from the Victorian College of Classical Homeopathy and a Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy through the David Kennedy School of Hypnosis in Brisbane. I qualified as a naturopath and homeopath in 2002, and as a clinical hypnotherapist in 2011. Read more
STUDENTS & NEW GRADUATES
A reminder for students that we are building our list of supervisors for supporting your learning. To access this support you do need to be an ANPA student member. You can easily join online for a nominal $20 per year. Join here. New Graduates … we have a very special pro-rata offer of reduced fees when you become a full member of ANPA. Join here. Please contact the office if you have any queries about the application process.
Check out the ANPA Chapter page to find out when groups are meeting in your local area. Good networking and opportunity for learning. ANPA chapters
Vital Health Magazine: ANPA participated in an interview with journalist Tamara Jenkins about the use of herbs and supplements. We always ask for a copy of the published articles and as soon as articles are published and cleared for copyright, we add them to the media page on the ANPA website.
The Hands On Health Clinic at the Sacred Heart Mission in Grey Street, St Kilda in Melbourne offers a wide range of allied health therapies in an atmosphere of calm and respect. The clinic provides a variety of health services to people who would not otherwise be able to afford them. It has appropriate consulting rooms that are clean and bright, brand new massage tables, hospital grade linen and secure filing systems. Therapists must have relevant qualifications, professional insurance and need to have a relaxed, welcoming and non-judgmental manner.
Perhaps you are returning to the workforce and would like to brush up on your skills, or maybe you’re a recent graduate who needs some additional practical experience. If you would enjoy volunteering in the morning or afternoon on a weekly or fortnightly basis, contact clinic coordinator Sue Coyne on 9536 8455 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
A personal reference from the Sacred Heart Mission can be provided for volunteers (subject to appropriate professional behaviour).
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