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What is Co-Regulation

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Join us in campaigning for a better health care system in Australia toward “Wellness & Active Prevention”.

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 the natural health 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.

NMAA is supporting the Co-Regulation Natural Health Care Model for the advancements and integration of Wholistic Active Preventative Natural Medicine into the Australian Conventional Health Care System.

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

Co-regulation is 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.

What is the difference between Co-regulation and Statutory Registration?

The fundamental difference between Co - regulation and Statutory Registration is that Statutory Registration represents the public not the practitioner, and forms a bias reductionist view of Natural Therapy Modalities and its practitioners from the perspective and philosophy of the Allopathic Medical System.

Natural Medicine practitioners see a patient as an individual, and therefore treatment is directed individually, and wholistically towards supporting "a body in its innate capability to heal itself", with a strong emphasis on preventative measures and active patient involvement, contribution and responsibility. 

Co-Regulation Benefits and Goals: 

  1. Standardisation of education by means of "Accreditation" guidelines.
    Association and accreditation standards should dictate the college curriculum not the other way around.

  2. A uniform proactive Code of Ethics/Conduct for all associations and practitioners.

  3. A 'new' single government neutral regulatory body to monitor the industry and provide legislative backing to enable Co-regulation concepts and arrangements to be enforced, and to encourage the development of a research model that reflects ‘Active Prevention & Wellness’.

  4. To have a dedicated 'spokesperson' to communicate the benefits of natural therapies Active Preventative Health Care, and instill public confidence.

  5. Encouraging health insurance companies to give discounts for living a healthy preventative lifestyle and being under the care of a Co-regulated Active Prevention Natural Medicine Practitioner.

  6. Health Promotion to encourage patients taking more active control and responsibility for their own health, including mind - body practices, sleep and physical activities, optimal nutrition, achievement of ideal body weight, reduced exposure to toxins and substance abuse.

  7. Health promotion needs to start at school. Change in attitude/thinking towards health has to overcome negative attitudes, such as; health is "not cool ". Health needs to be cool and desirable and the foremost lifestyle choice.

  8. Developing policies in regard to prevention and a healthy lifestyle, such as strategies to reduce consumption of "health compromising food and drink items", reviewing advertisement policies regarding marketing of products high in added sugar and similar refined food and drink items.

  9. Developing policies to make ‘ Active Prevention and Wellness’ a primary health objective, encouraging the medical profession to refer patients without treatable conditions to seek health support from an Active Prevention Natural Medicine Practitioner.

  10. Encouraging public health by education and stricter regulation, preventing misinformation, misleading marketing and misleading advertising .

  11. It is cheaper for an Active Prevention Natural Medicine Practitioner to support a patient's wellbeing, than it is for the medical system to treat a patient for a disease that could have been prevented by wholistic lifestyle advice.

  12. Once accredited under the co - regulation system, and agreeing to follow the specific code of ethics, practitioners are permitted to place a ‘certification logo’ on their website. This logo will state: “certification of strict adherence to the code of ethics and conduct”.

How will the code of conduct be adhered to?

Yearly certification course updates (active prevention and wellness streams) to be compulsory and completed for NMAA compliance and accreditation. This accreditation will be included with the yearly membership fee.

Will co-regulation set industry standards?

Yes, and all natural health related associations will become streamlined with both education standards and codes of conduct. 

Will AHPRA registered professionals be able to join?

Yes. This is an inclusive model representing a united voice for natural medicine professionals.

Allied AHPRA professionals who support this model can join as part of an 'allied affiliate lobby' level.

Again, certification courses will be set up for the allied entry level. Registered health professionals cannot use the title “Active Prevention and Wellness” and "Natural Medicine Practitioner”. This belongs to NHAA natural medicine practitioners only. 

The Co-regulation Model

  • Natural therapies are deemed as safe, if practiced according to natural therapy guidelines and code of ethics, and therefore regulation with statutory registration is unnecessary, and sends the wrong message to the public.

  • Co-regulation is the preferred model and offers appropriate representation for accredited practitioners

  • Accreditation processes will secure education standards and protect titles. Practicing without accreditation violates the co des of ethics and conduct. Suitable steps are needed to discourage that practice, with the government providing legislative backing.

  • Quality safeguards are applied with requirements for: membership; accreditation; ongoing training; insurance; and co - re gulation registration.

  • Co-regulation supports all natural therapy and wellness modalities, and assures that no fragmentation of holistic principles occurs.
    (A two - tier model of primary modalities and sub - modalities may be considered.)

  • Two - tier system:
    *Primary Treatment Modalities: Naturopath - Herbalist - Nutritionist – Homeopath – possibly more ... eg.; Ayurveda
    The two - tier system assures that 'primary treatment modalities' are fully qualified and eligible to practice in professional health care for insurance purposes and future possible Medicare 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 natural active preventative health care model, sub-modalities are vital for "individual" active prevention.
    List of possible Modalities: Alexander Technique - Aromatherapy - 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 Essences - Forensic Healing - Hawaiian Lomi Lomi - Hydrotherapy - Hypnotherapy - Iridology - Journey Therapy - Kinesiology - Laughter Therapy - Meditation - Music Therapy - Natural Vision - Neuro Linguistic Programming - Personal Training - Pilates - Qigong - Reflexology - Reiki - Remedial Massage - Shiatsu - Stress management - Weight - loss – Yoga

  • Co-regulation supports streamlining education by making recommendations as to which courses and education are acceptable to an association's standards and accreditation. Any course outside of such standards would be classed as NOT accredited, and seen as general interest courses.

  • To study a primary 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 are not suitable as primary modalities.

  • Co-regulation supports a strict code of ethics and sees the natural therapist as a primary provider of active preventative health care.
    Accreditation for a new umbrella term will be investigated; such as "Preventative Hea lth Care Practitioner" or PHCP or “ Natural Medicine Practitioner specialising in ... . ”

  • Regulation for practitioner only products (POPs) for NMAA accredited practitioners. Establish a rule and policy that only accredited ‘ingestive modality’ practitioners are permitted to purchase and prescribe POPs.


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