It’s your health, it should always be your choice.
Complementary medicine and natural therapies are recognised by leading Governments around the world as “effective, appropriate and cost-effective” solutions to helping hundreds of millions of people manage their healthcare every day.
The fact is, 70 percent of Australians make the choice to use natural therapies and products to help with common illness and manage chronic disease, yet access to services, products, education and accurate information is being increasingly restricted.
In Australia, while consumers fight to protect their right of choice, in Switzerland the Government has just granted complementary medicine – including homeopathy – equal status with conventional medicine, for more information, click here.The Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has ignored good quality, evidence-based research which shows complementary medicine is effective. When practiced alongside conventional medicine, this evidence shows it improves health outcomes and cuts costs for the healthcare system.
A landmark 2012 Swiss report concluded homeopathy, for example, is clinically effective, cost effective and safe. Yet the same year, Australia’s NHMRC hid from the public that it had conducted a good quality review of the evidence on homeopathy but terminated it before starting again at taxpayer expense for more information, click here
We call on the NHMRC to release this hidden, taxpayer-funded review for expert and public scrutiny and explain why it was terminated and concealed from the public.
The Swiss have successfully fought and won their right to access healthcare of their choice, now Australians are joining Your Health, Your Choice to do the same.
The first objective is a call for a Senate Inquiry into the NHMRC Homeopathy Review. NHMRC used similar flawed methods and procedures to generate reports that discredited 17 other natural therapies. Reports, that are now being used to misinform and erode consumer confidence and support drastic calls to ban natural medicines from sale in pharmacies and other regulatory reforms impacting consumer choice.
Your choice – no matter what your choice of complementary medicine – is under threat. Sign the petition below to call for a Senate Inquiry into bias against natural therapies and why Government-funded reports have ignored positive evidence.