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Medical Board of Australia - proposed guidelines for complementary, unconventional and emerging medicine

The Medical Board of Australia (MBA) has commenced a public consultation on new guidelines for medical practitioners related to ‘complementary and unconventional medicine and emerging treatments‘. 
In the rationale to these guidelines complementary medicine (CM) and integrative medicine (IM) are specifically mentioned. 
The concern is that, if progressed, a new set of guidelines would create a two-tiered system that would be divisive to the practice of CM and IM and could lead to medical and allied healthcare practitioners (under AHPRA) being unfairly and unreasonably targeted (read the guidelines here).

Of additional concern is the rational the MBA have used in their discussion paper, which states the consultation is in response to ‘concerns raised by stakeholders about this area of practice’.
However, no evidence has been provided in the discussion paper that quantifies risk or relative risk in practicing complementary or integrative medicine compared with ‘conventional’ medicine.

CMA and the peak body for integrative medicine in Australia (AIMA), as well as other IM organisations and the research community were not consulted in the lead up to this consultation.

As such we are working together and calling for the Medical Board to retract the consultation.

In the meantime, CMA encourages individuals and organisations to make a response specific to their concerns and field of practice.
You may wish to let the MBA know these guidelines could effect your practice and impact consumers’ freedom of choice and quality use of medicines.

A whole-health system view is necessary as consumers obtain their medicines from a range of sources such as those initiated by themselves, general practitioners, other medical specialists, pharmacists and complementary therapists.

Make a submission to the MBA

Submissions can be made by email marked ‘Consultation on complementary and unconventional medicine and emerging treatments’ should be sent to medboardconsultation@ahpra.gov.au by close of business 30 June 2019
You can view CMA’s position on the consultation here:
CMA Position Statement on the MBA Consultation

Additional Resources:

FX Medicine - Complementary Medicine Under Siege – Prof. Stephen Myers


FX Medicine – Concerns over Complementary Medicine Suppression – Dr Penny Caldicott



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