Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) Australia: Stop the proposal that may delete Naturopathy
  • Petitioning Office of Complementary Medicines

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Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) Australia
Office of Complementary Medicines
Federal Minister for Health
Tanya Plibersek
Federal Member for Blair
SHAYNE NEUMANN MP

Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) Australia: Stop the proposal that may delete Naturopathy

    1. David Howell. Naturopath
    2. Petition by

      David Howell. Naturopath

      Toowoomba, Australia

The TGA is seeking to stop Australian Naturopaths receiving advertising about therapeutic supplements, (or potentially, advising about or prescribing the products to their clients). (Consultation Regulation Impact Statement. Regulating the advertising of therapeutic goods to the general public Version 4.6, May 2013 - Proposal 6).  This may effectively delete the industry as such products form the basis of Naturopaths providing safe and successful treatment for their clients, as well as maintaining financial viability in the market place. The premise for such action? ...Despite degree level science based tertiary Naturopathic education, the TGA quotes that they cannot be sure that Naturopaths are qualified to give such information or prescriptions. The alternative? ...Hand over such prescribing to other health professionals registered under Australia's NRAS (National Registration and Accreditation Scheme). This includes podiatrists, dental hygienists and a range of other professionals typically non-qualified to give such advice and prescriptions. This is an issue of threat to public safety, loss of freedom of choice in healthcare and injustice to the Naturopathic Industry, despite the industry performing a vital role in maintaining people's health without costing the public health system a cent. Note that Naturopaths typically receive rigorous education in Australia prior to qualification, and are subject to ongoing annual educational standards and regulatory measures via their professional organisations. The TGA has proposed this regulatory change with no apparent general media release, a minimal time for the public to respond (by July 19th 2013), and across both a holiday period and end of financial year (against their own reform principles). Your support of this petition is necessary and urgent, as well as greatly appreciated.

To:
Office of Complementary Medicines, Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) Australia
Tanya Plibersek, Federal Minister for Health
SHAYNE NEUMANN MP, Federal Member for Blair
Stop the TGA proposal to take away the public's freedom of choice in healthcare by potentially deleting the Naturopathic, Herbal Medicine and Homoeopathic Industries

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

    News

    1. NEWS ON TGA RESPONSE!

      David Howell. Naturopath
      Petition Organizer

      The TGA has partially responded to public submissions to their proposal. Check out the news on my website blog.
      http://davidhowell.instra.org.au/health-blog/

    2. Reached 20,000 signatures
    3. CHECK MY TGA SUBMISSION LETTER - www.davidhowell.com.au

      David Howell. Naturopath
      Petition Organizer

      My letter contains the underlying reasons I'm concerned about the TGA proposal. Please read it and feel free to comment on my website.
      Thank you all new petition signers; even tho' the submission deadline is passed, your signatures will increase our petition's impact for future use.
      David.

    4. TGA SUBMISSION MADE!!! YOUR SIGNATURES INCLUDED!!!

      David Howell. Naturopath
      Petition Organizer

      My comments and submission to the TGA proposal has just been made.
      Total signatures submitted, including those handwritten and collected in my clinics and another Naturopath's clinic totals 19.355 signatures! And they're still coming in!
      I owe a great deal of gratitude to every single one of you who signed this petition. Others in our profession thank you for your support; it may just make the difference needed to encourage the TGA to think this proposal over carefully, and choose option 1 as should occur, until such time as Naturopaths, Herbalists and Homoeopaths can be formally registered.
      Please keep the signatures coming in; we will potentially need them for a future Senate submission. I will upload my letter of submission to the TGA on my website in the next couple of days, so please feel free to check it out and see the detailed reasoning why I have such concerns about the proposal.
      My many thanks and best regards to all of you,
      David Howell
      www.davidhowell.com.au

    5. SIGNATURES!!! KEEP THEM COMING PEOPLE! ALMOST 19,000

      David Howell. Naturopath
      Petition Organizer

      My submission is not yet in, so more signatures can be added to my list to be submitted today. I'm busy in between consultations, so please, take the chance and keep those signatures coming in!
      Thank you!
      David

    6. DEADLINE TODAY!!! SIGNATURES PREFERRED BY 12pm

      David Howell. Naturopath
      Petition Organizer

      TGA Deadline for personal submissions by 5pm today.

      I will download signature list at 12pm, in time for submitting my TGA comments.

      Signatures taken after this time are still important, as this petition will be tabled in the Senate in Mid-August. Should the TGA choose option 2, leaving Naturopaths unable to access therapeutic good advertising, and being left off the list of recognized "Health Practitioners" under the NRAS, then we will seek for that to be reversed in the Senate.

      Welcome all new petition signers, and thank you for your support. Submitting your own comments to the TGA is still the most powerful way you can help. To do this, download their coversheet at...
      http://www.tga.gov.au/newsroom/consult-advertising-ris-130531.htm#coversheet
      ... then add your own comments and email to...
      advertising.consultation@tga.gov.au

      Please continue to share as widely and rapidly as possible, so we can gain as many signatures as we can before 12pm.

      Thank you!
      David

      Consultation: Regulation Impact Statement: Regulating the advertising of therapeutic goods to the general public

      This consultation closing date has been extended to 5pm, Friday 19 July 2013. Consultation documents How to access a pdf or Word document Invitation to comment The TGA invites comments from interested persons or organisations on this consultation regulatory impact statement (Consultation RIS) before 5pm, Friday 19 July.

    7. Reached 17,500 signatures
    8. 17,000 SIGNATURES!!! What an effort! Can we take it to 20,000?

      David Howell. Naturopath
      Petition Organizer

      The response to this petition has been stunning, and I thank every single petitioner for their contribution, and to those who have shared the site, you have my appreciation.

      I will print signatures from this petition at noon tomorrow, to allow me enough time to submit my formal comments to the TGA by the 5pm deadline, so please share as widely as possible and urge others to sign!

      Thank you,
      David

    9. 2 DAYS TO GO

      David Howell. Naturopath
      Petition Organizer

      Good morning petitioners and welcome to new supporters!
      Only 2 days to go until the TGA deadline for public comment. I urge you to do this personally, as per guidelines in the 2 previous posts.
      I recontacted most leading politicians yesterday, seeking a response to emails sent in the previous 2 weeks. Credit goes to local opposition MP Ian McFarlane for pursuing this matter in Parliament as soon as contacted, and Peter Dutton.

      As time is so short, can I ask you all to double your efforts to share the news, contact the media and politicians?
      My personal submission to the TGA will occur on Friday, accompanied by a list of all your signatures. I thank you all for your efforts.
      David

    10. Reached 15,000 signatures
    11. RELEVANT WEBSITE ADDRESSES TO LODGE YOUR TGA COMPLAINT

      David Howell. Naturopath
      Petition Organizer

      Consultation Regulation Impact
      Statement
      Regulating the advertising of therapeutic goods to the general public
      Version 4.6, May 2013

      www.tga.gov.au/newsroom/consult-open.htm (for the coversheet for your submission).

      advertising.consultation@tga.gov.au (for the actual submission)

      http://www.finance.gov.au/obpr/proposal/handbook/appendix-C-best-practice-consultation.html (for the TGA's own proposal regulation handbook that shows they should have);

      Released this proposal to the general media when stakeholders include the general public - (it is, after all, your freedom of choice in question)
      Not released the proposal over a holiday period (they did, over national holidays)
      Not released the proposal over the end of the financial year, especially when stakeholders are small businesses (they did, with many stakeholders being Naturopaths, Herbalists and Homoeopaths in small business)

      These all suggest that the proposal was rushed through "under the radar".

      David

    12. FINAL 4 DAYS - STRATEGY TO SUPPORT YOUR FREEDOM OF CHOICE

      David Howell. Naturopath
      Petition Organizer

      Hi petitioners & supporters;
      In this last week of the campaign, it's time to write letters to editors, contact politicians and to encourage others to sign this petition, then taking the time to go on the TGA website and filling out their comment sheet with a personal opposition to the proposed changes.

      In each response, I'm encouraging people (in their own words) to;
      1) request an extension of the proposal due to the TGA contravening 3 of its own protocols in releasing the proposal (with no public media release, across a holiday period and over the end of financial year)***
      2) request a general media release of the proposal to the public as should have occurred
      3) extend the current situation (option 1, proposal 6) until such time as Naturopaths, Herbalists and Homeopaths are registered under NRAS (unavoidable & something many of us practitioners have been seeking)

      ***relevant website addresses in next post by me

      Best regards and again, thanks to all of you

      David

    13. HI PETITIONERS & NATUROPATHS! TGA DEADLINE IN 4 DAYS.

      David Howell. Naturopath
      Petition Organizer

      Have been off line for 2 days, so apologies for unanswered emails and requests for a strategy for the last few days of our petition and campaign.

      In between my client consultations, I am formulating a final strategy to release for you all. This should be ready by the end of today.

      Thanks for your patience, and all your hard work in reaching the public and media over the last few days. 14,000+ signatures shows excellent support of our profession, and we Health Practitioners thank you greatly.
      David

    14. Reached 12,500 signatures
    15. CATCH ME TALKING ABOUT THIS ISSUE ON 92.9 VOICE FM TODAY

      David Howell. Naturopath
      Petition Organizer

      I'm talking about this with Ian Anderson on "Catching Up" at 5.30pm TODAY (EST). Go to http://www.radio929.fm/ and hear us discuss the issues.
      Welcome new petitioners, and thank you all for continuing to spread the word; ONLY 7 DAYS TO GO until the TGA deadline for comment, so please make your voice heard on their website (links below in a previous comment)

      92.9 Voice FM

      click here. For more information about becoming a Voice Partnerclick here.

    16. 10,000! FANTASTIC ACHIEVEMENT!

      David Howell. Naturopath
      Petition Organizer

      Every signature is appreciated, every share with others is an encouragement to myself and other Naturopaths, Herbalists and Homoeopaths who wish to continue providing you with expert advice and treatment with Therapeutic Goods. Thank you all, and may your efforts contribute to preserving FREEDOM OF CHOICE IN HEALTHCARE.
      David

    17. Reached 10,000 signatures
    18. 9000 SIGNATURES! THANK YOU!

      David Howell. Naturopath
      Petition Organizer

      WELCOME AND THANK YOU TO ALL NEW PETITIONERS, AND THANK YOU TO THOSE WHO HAVE SHARED THIS SITE.
      We really need to take this issue up at a higher level with local MPs and others in political circles, as well as the media. TGA deadline is in only 9 days & without higher representation in Government circles, all your hard work and signatures will be lost.
      The most powerful way you can respond to the TGA threat is by submitting your own concerns & opposition to the proposal. Here's the links;
      www.tga.gov.au/newsroom/consult-open.htm (for the coversheet for your submission).
      advertising.consultation@tga.gov.au (for the actual submission)
      As you have already shown you care by signing this petition, can I encourage you to submit your opposition through the TGA site, but also connect and share your concerns and this petition link with anyone and everyone who may have influence in the media or Canberra.
      Thankyou,
      David
      www.davidhowell.com.au

      Open consultations & reviews

      Links to open TGA consultations and reviews

    19. Reached 9,000 signatures
    20. 7000 SIGNATURES AND RISING!

      David Howell. Naturopath
      Petition Organizer

      Every petition signature helps by;

      Raising public awareness of this Government taking away our freedom of choice in healthcare (thus helping people make informed decisions when it comes to election time)

      Gaining public support for non NRAS registered Health Practitioners (Note that NRAS registration has been sought by Naturopathic Organisations & the CHC for years, but that the NRAS has not yet begun the necessary review process)

      Drawing attention to the manner in which the TGA has proposed these reforms; without media being informed, across a holiday period, over the end of financial year, with the shortest allowed time for such a proposal (until the deadline was extended by 1 week)

      Thankyou all, and please keep up this fantastic response by sharing the word however you can,
      David

    21. Reached 7,000 signatures
    22. NEW LOGO! TGA OFFERS LOSS OF FREEDOM OF CHOICE IN HEALTHCARE

      David Howell. Naturopath
      Petition Organizer

      Spot fires sent out via other health professionals; a plan of action to spread this campaign further into the public arena as well as the political scene has begun. Thank you to all Naturopaths, Herbalists and Homoeopaths who responded. To all other Health Practitioners, I urge you to take up the cause via media including newsprint editorials and TV, and to contact prominent local identities to gain a stronger voice. Please email me for campaign points and strategies to assist our cause.

    23. 6000 SIGNATURES! Thankyou everyone, your support is so appreciated.

      David Howell. Naturopath
      Petition Organizer

      Please keep spreading the word. If you'd like to offer extra help, you can do so by contacting change.org and donating so that they can take the message to a wider audience. Other ways you can help include taking this to your local mp, letters to the editor, speaking to people in news media, and of course, spreading the word via facebook, twitter & all other media. Because there's been no apparent press release about this TGA proposal, the general public are simply unaware, and when informed, are outraged at the LOSS OF FREEDOM OF CHOICE IN HEALTHCARE.

      We are now taking this issue to a higher political level, this involving talking to people who have the right political and media contacts. If you know such people, please make them aware of the issue.

      Thanks so much,
      David

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    24. Reached 6,000 signatures
    25. CALL TO NATUROPATHS #2

      David Howell. Naturopath
      Petition Organizer

      Hi Naturopaths, Herbalists and Homoeopaths. Gmail has mysteriously deleted all my inbox messages from those who have replied to my previous message (below). Could you please resend your details to
      dnatpath@live.com.au
      My apologies for this need to resend. Our plan of action has now been reformulated, and is ready to send out.
      Thankyou
      David

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    Reasons for signing

    • spencer gay AUSTRALIA
      • about 21 hours ago

      I believe people should have options to main stream pharmaceutical treatments

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    • clark McClafferty DORRIGO, AUSTRALIA
      • 2 days ago

      They already poison our water, air and food! They ban natural medicines (Hemp) and now this???? whats next? Black clad riot Police just shooting us to reduce numbers???

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    • Jenette Youngman AUSTRALIA
      • 3 days ago

      I think that naturopaths are essential health practitioners in our communities and deserve the same rights to information concerning their professional practice as any other health professional in Australia.

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    • michelle nicholls AUSTRALIA
      • 3 days ago

      we should have the right to choose what we want for out health no one else has the right to take that away.

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    • James Townley AUSTRALIA
      • 5 days ago

      There needs to be a balance of all modalities in the health system not just Medical

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