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.
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