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health services

21 petitions

Started 2 weeks ago

Petition to Greg Hunt MP, Rachel David

Natural Therapy Rebates: Government Subsidy Must STAY

On 1st April 2019 Health Minister Hunt is planning to remove your subsidies for 16 Natural Therapies. Private Health Insurance companies could have continued to provide rebates for these 16 therapies without the government subsidy, however, behind closed doors they did a deal to cherry-pick some  natural therapies that have flawed and ‘insufficient’ evidence  as membership enticements.      YOUR EXTRAS REBATES ARE ABOUT TO BE UNFAIRLY REMOVED FOR: Alexander Technique, Aromatherapy, Bowen Therapy, Buteyko, Feldenkrais, Herbalism, Homoeopathy, Iridology, Kinesiology, Naturopathy, Pilates, Reflexology, Rolfing, Shiatsu, Tai chi and Yoga. Sign NOW to save your REBATES! The decision to remove rebates was based on flawed and discriminatory research findings of The Natural Therapies Review (NTR). The Natural Therapies Review was a flawed process starting with the terms-of-reference through to the findings of the review. Denying these rebates is discriminatory. Removing the government subsidy and rebates for Australians denies a basic right of health choice. If you choose private health insurance Extras you will lose out! Private Health Insurers have shrinking memberships. High payouts on expensive medical interventions could be reduced by supporting those seeking preventative health care. Preventative health care is offered by many natural therapies about to lose their rebates. Cancer patients are a good example of those who find benefit using natural therapies to bring relief and minimise side effects of their mainstream treatments. The public want and deserve to have support for natural therapies.     Importantly, there has never been a review on the ‘health practice’ of any registered profession in Australia. Medicare and the Private Health Insurers continue to rebate procedures with low level evidence for some health practices. These include: arthroscopic surgery for knee arthritis, ordering routine blood tests in children with fever, CBT for schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and major depression. Various institutions including NICM Health Research Institute have submitted to the Minister key deficiencies in the NTR. In addition, some therapies had critical research excluded because it was in a language other than English. Shiatsu has significant research in Japanese or Chinese and excluding this research skewed the result for that profession. Evidence for some therapies was admissible from overseas  research, however Naturopathy research from the USA was questioned despite demonstrating that Naturopathy was beneficial for 17 lifestyle conditions. Naturopathic philosophy is the same in Australia as it is in the USA. Double standards were apparent in this review. Evidence from non-Australian research was acceptable for many of the therapies reviewed in the NTR. This overseas research was not questioned in regards the applicability for Australian therapeutic conditions. Traditional evidence was not highly rated and this was a serious problem for Traditional Medicine accepted by the World Health Organisation (WHO) even where some professions, such as yoga, have thousands of years of traditional practice.  Australia is a signatory to the WHO and should be complying with including these traditional practices in the public health system for Australians. The Australian public deserve choice and full support for proactively choosing natural therapies that alleviate suffering, especially where there are gaps and limited positive outcomes from conventional medicine. SIGN THE PETITION NOW AND SAVE YOUR REBATES! The Consequences Denying the public their health choice will create outrage.   -          Private Health Insurers will face continued significant membership losses. -          Minister Hunt’s seat may be in jeopardy at the next election. Trust for politicians and the Private Health Insurers is at an all-time low. Denying health-care choices and discriminating against Australians based on flawed, biased and manipulated research is another hit proactive health consumers do not deserve! We are calling for an urgent meeting with Minister Hunt and Dr Rachel David to retain the government subsidy and private health insurance rebates for 16 natural therapies.   This petition is supported by: Australian Kinesiology Association Australian Naturopathic Practitioners Association Bowen Therapists Federation of Australia International Aromatherapy and Aromatic Medicine Association International Yoga Teachers Association   Links:Natural Therapies Review Submission Private health insurance reforms: Changing coverage for some natural therapies The Review of the Australian Government Rebate on Private Health Insurance for Natural Therapies The Natural Therapies Review Advisory Committee

ANPA
188 supporters
Started 3 weeks ago

Petition to Atmosphere Health & Fitness

Age discrimination is still discrimination - a fight for rights: kids are not all the same

Problem This is about age discrimination, child health, mental and physical wellbeing and fairness to all. Atmosphere changed their policy to exclude my daughter who is 15, from an antigravity fundamentals class by making it now a minimum age of 16. She has been completing the class for 3 months and is more experienced than most participants. The photo is Jade’s 1st class 18 August. She has now completed 12 classes. She requires no individual assistance where many others do and they won’t make exception. They claim kids under 16 are causing delays in the class. This is not my daughter. She does not speak or ask for assistance and she knows her limits. They did not speak to parents of those participants. They did not give notice of the change. They allow people with intellectual disability, low English or elderly age - and so they should! However, this is clear that it is age discrimination as there is no other reason to exclude these members over others. To my knowledge there was only one other person under 16 attending and I’ve never seen him disrupt the class and he is also more experienced than others. They are basically saying all kids under 16 are the same and what at 16 they magically mature and have greater abilities?SolutionReverse the discriminatory policy Personal storyJust a mum trying to support her daughter to live a healthy life. Fighting for the little people and their rights

Trudy Scanlin
134 supporters