Submissions (2017)

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02/12/2017 Access to Restricted Chinese Herbs: a proposal from the Chinese medicine profession
The Chinese medicine profession seeks the re-scheduling of Ma Huang (Ephedrae Herba) and Zhi Fu Zi (Aconiti Radix Lateralis Preparata) which are traditional herbs currently not accessible to the profession and which have no satisfactory substitutes. This proposal demonstrates the therapeutic value and public health benefits of these two herbs, explains how the risks are managed by traditional methods relating to processing, dosage and administration protocols, and by the training required for registered practitioners of Chinese herbal medicine. Concerns as to the perceived potential for diversion have also been addressed.
Access to Restricted Chinese Herbs a proposal
02/08/2017 FCMA Submission to: Health Practitioner Regulation National Law and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2017
We provide our recommendations and followed with supporting rationale of the amendments of related laws or regulations. Recommendation 1: On Division 10 Title and practice protections, Subdivision 2 Practice protections of the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act 2009. Add “Restriction on skin penetration procedure (acupuncture or dry needling) for therapeutic purpose. A person must not perform skin penetration procedure (acupuncture or dry needling) unless the person— (a) is registered in Chinese medicine Board of Australia (CMBA) ; or (b) is endorsed by Medical Board of Australia (MBA) (c) If a practitioner or student who performs skin penetration procedure (acupuncture or dry needling) during the course of activities undertaken as part of the program of study; with the stipulation that the acupuncture or dry needling component of the 2 course is accredited by the CMBA or equivalent accreditation similar to the endorsement by the MBA. Recommendation 2 Amend the Private Health Insurance Act 2007 and the Private Health Insurance (Accreditation) Rules 2011 that all registered Chinese medicine practitioners who are currently registered with the CMBA are eligible for rebate status as providers of acupuncture and Chinese medicine services in all private health funds. Recommendation 3 Amend the Health Insurance Act 1973 (as amended) and allow acupuncturists registered with the CMBA to be eligible for Medicare Item numbers 173, 193, 195, 197 and 199. Recommendation 4 Amend the Health Insurance Act 1973 (as amended) and the Aged Care Act 1997 that the Chronic Disease Management Plan (CDM) (formerly Enhanced Primary Care) and include registered acupuncturists and registered Chinese herbal medicine practitioners in CDM.
Submission to: Health Practitioner Regulation
07/04/2017 FCMA submission for Reforms to the regulatory framework for complementary medicines: Assessment pathways
Recommendations Due to the fact that Chinese medicine profession is nationally regulated via statutory regulation, the FCMA recommends that: 1. A separate committee be established solely for Chinese herbal medicines; 2. Chinese Pharmacopeia or Chinese Materia Medica (Zhong Hua Ben Cao) should be adopted by TGA for evaluation of Chinese herbal medicine products; 3. Scientific evidence for evaluation of efficacy of a product be consistent with the level of regulation of medicines.; 4. All existing listed Chinese herbal products should be treated as grandfathered products.
FCMA submission for CM Reforms
10/03/2017 Joint letter submission for inclusion of registered acupuncturits in medicare items
We write to you jointly as representatives and office-bearers of three of the four major professional associations representing Chinese medicine practitioners in Australia. These are the Federation of Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture Societies of Australia (FCMA), the Australian Natural Therapists Association (ANTA) and the Australian Traditional Medicine Society (ATMS). We request consideration of an application for registered acupuncturists regulated by nationally consistent legislation under the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme and registered under AHPRA to have access to existing acupuncture items under the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) and therefore provide acupuncture services under Medicare.
Joint letter submission 2016