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Call out to CMA Members and Naturopathic Practitioners


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Naturopaths Regulation Research Project

Public Consultation – November 2022

In October 2020, the Australian Naturopathic Council (ANC) initiated a research project on the risks, the benefits, and the regulatory requirements for the profession of naturopathy (including Western herbal medicine). Known as the Naturopaths Regulation Research Project (the NRR Project), the aim of the research is to gather information to support a submission from the ANC member organisations to State, Territory, and Commonwealth Governments, seeking the inclusion of naturopaths in the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme for the health professions (NRAS).

The NRR Project has been financed by members of the naturopathy profession following a successful crowd funding campaign. A matched grant of $20,000 generously has been provided by Marcus Blackmore AM. Substantial volunteer resources are being provided by ANC member organisations and naturopathic academics.

The research is nearing completion and we expect to publish the full research report early in 2023. Drawing on the research, a submission to government has already been drafted and we have decided to release this draft for consultation with the profession. Please download the draft submission here (PDF)

Why release the draft submission at this time? Consultation on the draft submission has been timed to coincide with the opportunity presented by the launch at Parliament House in Canberra of the World Naturopathic Federation’s report titled Naturopathy, practice, effectiveness, economics & safety. Known as the WNF Health Technology Assessment (HTA), this 750-page report provides an evidence-based summary of naturopathic practice and the safety, economics, and effectiveness of naturopathic care.

We decided to use this opportunity to engage with politicians on the need to strengthen regulation of naturopaths. Therefore, to ensure we represent the full range of views of members of the profession and other stakeholders, we have decided to invite your input on the draft submission. We want to better understand what YOU think and what we should be saying to governments on regulation of naturopaths.

Whether or not you support national registration of naturopaths under the NRAS, WE ARE KEEN TO HEAR YOUR VIEWS.

To make it easy for you to tell us what you think, we have prepared a Quick Response Form (word document) Or you can drop us an email.

The consultation will be open for a period of 6 weeks from 1 December 2022. The closing date is 11 January 2023. During that time, we will also be contacting professional associations that represent naturopaths, to seek their views on the draft submission and test their interest in supporting the submission once it is finalised. We will be seeking letters of support from other organisations and individuals and will be asking you to make representations to your local members of parliament. If you’d like further information on the submission or like to sign up for updates on the project, please email the ANC

We look forward to hearing your views.

Key Dates:

Open review process commences December 1st, 2022  **  Closing date for submissions: January 11th, 2023  **  Submissions published on website: February 2023  **  Finalisation of all updated documents: February 2023

The Complementary Medicine Association (CMA) was one of the largest and longest established single modality associations in Australia, being founded in 1985.  The vision and purpose was to dedicate themselves to representing professional Naturopaths to Government bodies, Health Funds, Insurance Companies and the General Public.

Not to be confused with ‘Complementary Medicines Australia’, formerly the Complementary Healthcare Council, we are a not-for-profit peer group practitioner membership association for natural therapists and students thereof.  We hold accreditation with all Australian private health funds and are recognised by the TGA and ATO to name a few.

In January 2013, in a bold move away from its ‘single modality status’ the CMA decided to alter its acceptance criteria to not only those studying in and (duly) qualified in Naturopathy, but also encompass the modalities of; Homeopathy, Nutrition, Western Herbal Medicine, Chinese Herbal Medicine and Ayurveda.

The CMA Board of Directors decided it was time to grow the CMA family into a larger group of like minded (ingestive modality) professionals, without losing the integrity of the Associations beliefs, constitution and direction. Thus in turn also giving the CMA and its members a bigger, stronger, more united voice and even more recognition with those departments and bodies most important to be ‘known’ by.