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
I am happy to report that our committee is working well and two productive meetings are behind us so far this year. Our treasurer has done an excellent job of saving money for the association as well as researching improved options for banking and finance. A long overdue assessment to upgrade the IT system in the office is now complete and will be implemented in the next month or so. Other projects in progress include an upgrade of the website shopping trolley and the development of a series of press releases to raise awareness of naturopathy. We will keep you posted as these are completed over the next few months.
If you have any project ideas, please contact the office or a committee member. We are happy to include your ideas on the agenda at our monthly meetings. If members would like to play a role on the committee, please let us know as more support is always welcome.
In several days, I will travel to Canberra to advocate that the federal government continue to support private health insurance rebates for naturopathy. In an election year, it seems in the best interests of the present government to continue supporting these rebates and keep the public on side. People who choose to invest in private health insurance are being proactive about their health. In fact, by consulting naturopaths who focus on prevention, they are helping to reduce the burden of health costs. I hope to see this review based on a fair process.
Evidence to support the profession of naturopathy has been lodged with the chief medical officer at the Department of Health and Ageing. The NHMRC guidelines are the basis on which our submitted evidence is assessed. These guidelines specify cost effectiveness studies and qualitative research are not included. Epidemiologist Dr Ben Goldacre aptly captures the sentiment and challenges of evidence (see link below in the Research section). The research model that best describes the complexity of what we do as naturopaths is a ‘whole systems’ or ‘mixed methodologies’ model. Naturopathy is an art and a science. The whole systems model may lead the way to better explain our work and also, interestingly, the work of those in mainstream medicine. This model is not specified in the NHMRC guidelines as yet. In the evidence discussion, we have to be careful not to throw the baby out with the bath water, so to speak, but rather become better questioners and interrogators of the research.
Beyond the evidence, naturopaths are motivated by the excellent clinical outcomes seen on a day-to-day basis. Millions seek our help and support in the face of a health system that has significant gaps in care. Treatment of viral illness is one such gap. Naturopaths continue to provide answers because we have a holistic focus, and strive to identify and treat the cause as well as the symptoms. We hold dear the dictum of ‘first do no harm’ and respect the fragile but wondrous vital force; the undercurrent to all healing.
This edition includes a collection of interesting reading. We take an in-depth look at the private health insurance rebate review, present a report from the treasurer and interview a student member. We also examine new research findings, update you on our media coverage and examine the environmental health issues surrounding Bisphenol A (BPA).
Let’s keep the light of naturopathy burning bright.
Yours in good health.
Editor, ANPA President
FROM THE OFFICE
First Aid and Professional Indemnity (PI) Insurance Certificates
Members are reminded that it is their responsibility and obligation to keep these certificates current. As a courtesy and support to members, the office will be sending two reminder notices well in advance of the expiry dates – one month for the PI insurance and two months for the First Aid. If ANPA data lists are not kept up to date, your name is removed by the insurer. This not only inconveniences you, but of course your clients. If you choose to fax the updated certificate, please follow up to make sure we have received it.
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.
ANPA is on track to raise membership numbers significantly. We need your help to do this. If you are out at training sessions or seminars, or talking to fellow students, please spread the word. Membership application forms are easily downloadable from our website. Help us to grow our numbers so we can offer you more benefits. ANPA is the only association that is run by naturopaths for naturopaths. We have a single mission: supporting professional naturopaths. New graduate naturopaths have special pro rata fees to help financially. Please contact the ANPA office if you would like ANPA brochures or if you have any questions about membership.
PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE REBATE
ANPA has submitted documentation to Professor Chris Baggoley, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health and Ageing, in support of naturopathy having the necessary evidence to retain the rebate.
ANPA has developed an information piece for you to use in your clinic and via your email lists. Use this flyer to advise your clients about the review and let them know what they can do to make a difference if their rebate is jeopardised.
In recent times, four areas of ANPA finances have been reviewed. The aim in making any modifications to the financials is to save members money. In turn, these savings can be used to grow our association.
The ANPA Commonwealth Bank Account (CBA) has changed to a Premium Cheque Account. This account is free of account keeping fees, which saves ANPA $120 per year. The migration was simple and cost free.
In addition, we are in the process of transitioning to a CommBiz online account, which will serve as ANPA’s method of transacting in the future. There are no fees to set up the CommBiz account, which will allow ANPA to pay bills in real time. We will no longer write cheques. This alone will save ANPA over $600 per year in express post envelopes. There will also be a saving on cheque processing fees.
The Australian Register of Naturopaths and Herbalists (ARONAH) consultation process is proceeding. They are asking the profession to comment on policies currently in development. Please check their website for new documents that are up for comment. This is the crucial time for input and a time when your comments may have the most impact. ANPA full members have been sent these documents. Thank you to those who have sent comments to the office. If you’re interested in commenting, please go to www.aronah.org
STUDENT MEMBER INTERVIEW
Where are you studying?
At the Australian Institute of Applied Science (AIAS), Brisbane. I am completing an Advanced Diploma of Naturopathy. I am currently in the third year of an online program. I live 500 kilometres from Adelaide and need to be able to study off campus.
Do you have any other formal education?
Bachelor of Arts from Flinders University (2003-2005) and a Relaxation Massage Certificate from the Adelaide Massage Academy (2012).
Why have you chosen to study naturopathy?
I am interested in improving my own health and the health of others. I hope to one day have my own naturopathic clinic or health retreat.
I am recruiting and conducting interviews for a clinical trial to assess the effectiveness of a herbal combination to improve bladder control. See attached pdf for more details and please alert your email networks to help with recruitment.
The ANPA team has been active providing media interviews around the country. As the interviews or features become available, we add them to the ANPA website for your viewing. Follow the links and enjoy the reading on some that are available.
- Wellspring, January 2013 (distributed to alumni of the Endeavour
College of Natural Health): Q & A: Eta Brand, President of ANPA.
The ANPA discussion board is a place where we can make a difference and offer support for our colleagues. Some practitioners feel isolated trying to work through a case. We have so much experience among our membership and we need to help each other become better practitioners. No matter where ANPA members are based, you can participate in this process. Make sure you have a password to access the members’ area.
Case Study – Luteal Phase Spotting
Female aged 46 presents requesting support for weight loss. Her history also includes a previous diagnosis with endometriosis.
Recent canvassing of some local suppliers of tinned food products identified that BPA may still be present even when consumers are choosing organic options. Our patients need to be made aware of this information so they can make prudent choices.
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