Natural Medicine Week is an industry-led initiative from the Australian Traditional-Medicine Society (ATMS) that aims to promote, educate and raise awareness of the important role natural medicine practitioners play in the health and wellbeing of Australians. Representing more than 10,000 accredited members, ATMS aims to promote and support professional practitioners of natural medicine who are encouraged to pursue the highest ideal of professionalism in their natural medicine practice and education. Our Government and Media Info Centre will contain tools and updates to assist key stakeholders in understanding the practice and benefits of natural medicine in Australia and will include further information for media and government.
On 13 October 2017, the Australian Government made an announcement regarding the removal of the private health insurance rebate for certain natural therapies from 1 April 2019.
Natural therapy modalities named in the announcement were: aromatherapy, Bowen therapy, Buteyko, Feldenkrais, Herbalism, Homeopathy, Iridology, Kinesiology, Naturopathy, Pilates, Reflexology, Rolfing, Shiatsu, Tai Chi and Yoga.
The Sydney Morning Herald was the first to review this news: Health fund premiums to be reined in under sweeping Turnbull government changes.
We all have a vote, and we vote for Natural Medicine! We invite consumers, practitioners and the industry to join together in one voice to tell our MPs that if they support the removal of funding for natural medicine via the private health funds, they will not get our vote in the next election!
19 May 2017 – Australia’s only Natural Medicine Week is back: Supporting a natural choice to improve the health and wellbeing of Australians
6 June 2016 – Natural Medicine Week uncovers key findings: Results of national survey announced as inaugural event concludes
25 May 2016 – ATMS calls for shift in healthcare focus as Natural Medicine Week underway: Australians to benefit from focus on preventative health care
3 May 2016 – Australia’s first Natural Medicine Week launched in May to promote a natural choice for Australians’ health and wellbeing
The origins of acupuncture can be traced back more than 2,000 years, making it one of the oldest health care systems in the world
The human body contains about 50% more Lymphatic fluid than blood and when the lymphatic system slows down, is congested or blocked, our body has less defence against viruses, fungi and bacteria
Naturopaths are trained in, and can incorporate, a variety of natural medicine treatments such as homoeopathy, acupuncture and herbalism