Recent changes in the healthcare landscape in Australia have prompted renewed debate regarding the most appropriateregulatory model for naturopaths and herbalists. Numerous government reports have recommended independent statutoryregulation yet naturopaths and Western herbalists are yet to be included in the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme. Thishas left professional associations to carry the administrative burden and manage the conflicting interests of practitioner regulationand professional advocacy. The outcome of this self-regulatory model has damaged advancement of these professions throughlimiting the scope of professional associations to promote the value of practitioners within contemporary healthcare. It has also leftnaturopaths and Western herbalists vulnerable to health policy reform which impact on unregistered practitioners. In response, anindependent registration body, the Australian Register of Naturopaths and Herbalists (ARONAH) has been established which mirrorsthe NRAS process and offers legitimacy to the professions whilst also safeguarding the public. This paper outlines: the history of theregistration debate in Australia; the scope and role of ARONAH; the relationship between ARONAH and the existing professionalassociations and the rationale underpinning important standards and guidelines developed by ARONAH for its members.
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Australian Journal of Herbal Medicine|
|Publication status||Published - Sep 2013|