Good health is about choice in healthcare.
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.
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.
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. The Your Health, Your Choice team have made it easy to join and send a letter to your MP and join the Senate petition.
Let decision makers know anti-complementary medicine bias is not acceptable. Protect your right to use the healthcare of your choice.