When the first Bill of the Therapeutic Goods Law was released in 1987 herbalists, naturopaths, homoeopaths and nutritionists were not included as being exempt from its advertising controls.
Proposal 6 of the advertising reforms is seeking comments from all stakeholders as to whether to maintain this advertising exemption for herbalists, naturopaths, homoeopaths and nutritionists or to adopt a new system.
The problem with this proposal is that herbalists, naturopaths, homoeopaths and nutritionists are not registered under this law.
Does this mean that all herbal medicines, vitamins, minerals and homoeopathic medicines would no longer be available to herbalists, naturopaths, homoeopaths and nutritionists?
Sometimes it is mistakenly asserted that if herbalists, naturopaths, homoeopaths and nutritionists cannot access POPs neither can they talk to their patients about the conditions for which POPs can be used.
Currently there are over a dozen associations representing herbalists, naturopaths, homoeopaths and nutritionists.
While the manual is designed for use by non-homoeopaths as well as homoeopaths, a sound grasp of homoeopathic principals and experience with prescribing would greatly enhance the safe application of the homoeoprophylaxis, which of necessity involves multiple judgement calls for which experience and homoeopathic training must be the guide.
This ensures both practitioner and parents understand their role and responsibility and maximises effective use of the program through simple, clear instructions, including when to refer to the prescribing homoeopath.
The mean age group was 45-50 years, with 68% of homoeopaths being female.
On average, the most common conditions treated by Sydney homoeopaths were: respiratory (37% of an average caseload), anxiety (32%), gastrointestinal (32%), grief (30%), depression (27%), depression and anxiety as co-morbidities (27%), musculoskeletal (23%) and phobia (22%).