When: Wednesday, 5th April 2017
What Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm AEST
Where: Online - join via your computer!
Your Host: Gerry Dendrinos
CPE: 1.5 points
This webinar is a must-see for all natural health practitioners interested in the future regulation of our industry. It will present the findings of the Complimentary Medicine (CM) sector’s investigation, explaining exactly how NHMRC found ‘nothing out of something’, and what steps are being undertaken by the CM sector to address this outstanding issue.
On 11 March 2015, the NHMRC published its review on the evidence on homoeopathy concluding, “… there are no health conditions for which there is reliable evidence that homeopathy is effective” and the public statement, “Homeopathy should not be used to treat health conditions that are chronic, serious, or could become serious”.
NHMRC also applied the same unprecedented ‘Overview’ methodology to the reviews of 16 other natural therapies, as part of the Department of Health’s Review of the Australian Government rebate on Private Health Insurance, published in November 2015. These reviews reached a similar ‘no evidence of effectiveness’ conclusion across all natural therapies examined. This has become a watershed moment in the natural medicines sector in Australia.
After release of the Homeopathy Review, the complementary medicine sector instigated a formal investigation, revealing multiple points of bias, conflicts of interest and procedural and methodological flaws underpinning NHMRC’s Review process. The investigation has revealed that the key elements underpinning NHMRC’s findings represented arbitrary criteria that were retrospectively applied to the data, many months after the research protocol had been ‘agreed and finalised’, raising serious issues concerning administrative and scientific misconduct.
About your presenter...
Gerry Dendrinos has over 16 years experience as a homeopath and herbalist, 7 years as a teacher of homeopathy and herbal medicine in a government-run naturopathy program and 5 years working in the field of Government regulation of therapeutic goods (Therapeutic Goods Administration).
Since mid 2015, Gerry has been working with the CM sector coordinating a formal investigation into the NHMRC Homeopathy Review. Gerry has been an ATMS member since 2002 and he is also currently Vice President of the Australian Homœopathic Association.